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  • A minimum-wage hike finds hope in U.S. heartland

    09/15/2014 10:23:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 15, 2014 | BY ANDY SULLIVAN
    President Barack Obama's push to raise the minimum wage, which has largely found success in liberal-leaning coastal states to date, could make headway in the conservative heartland in the November elections. Voters in the Republican-controlled states of Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota will consider ballot initiatives in November that would raise the minimum wage above the national rate of $7.25 per hour. Activists on both sides of the issue say the proposals stand a good chance of passing.
  • White House uses Lehman Brothers collapse anniversary for minimum-wage push

    09/15/2014 7:49:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Market Watch ^ | September 15, 2014
    The White House is using the six-year anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy filing to look back at how the Obama administration fought the financial crisis – and look ahead to what it calls unfinished business like raising the minimum wage. In a blog post on Monday morning, National Economic Council Director Jeffrey Zients goes back through the creation of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the administration’s bailout of U.S. automakers and the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act. Zients says the U.S. has made “significant progress toward a safer and sounder financial system” since the crisis.
  • Audubon predicts climate change will shrink bird ranges

    09/14/2014 6:55:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Scranton Times-Tribune ^ | September 14, 2014 | by BRENDAN GIBBONS
    By 2080, birds like the northern saw-whet owl, the scarlet tanager and the Baltimore oriole could all but disappear from Pennsylvania. Climate change is expected to shrink and shift northward the ranges of these and hundreds of other species across North America, according to a groundbreaking National Audubon Society study. Citizen science was crucial to this report. Audubon scientists relied on tens of thousands of observations from the U.S. Geological Survey’s North American Breeding Bird Survey, along with Aubudon’s own Christmas Bird Count. It combined these observations with historical climate data and climate changes predicted in the Intergovernmental Panel on...
  • Large Majority of Americans Lack Confidence in Obama Mission to Destroy ISIS, Poll Shows

    09/14/2014 6:24:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 14, 2014 | BY MARK MURRAY
    Nearly 70 percent of Americans say they lack confidence that the U.S. will achieve its goals in fighting the terrorist group ISIS, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll. The findings come in the wake of President Barack Obama’s national address announcing new measures to combat the Sunni militants. The poll – conducted before the latest execution emerged – showed that a combined 68 percent of Americans say they have “very little” or “just some” confidence that Obama’s goals of degrading and eliminating the threat posed by ISIS will be achieved. Just 28 percent said they had “a...
  • Obama Met Privately With Top Journalists Before ISIS War Speech

    09/14/2014 5:13:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | September 13, 2014 | by Michael Calderone
    President Barack Obama met with over a dozen prominent columnists and magazine writers Wednesday afternoon before calling for an escalation of the war against the Islamic State, or ISIS, in a primetime address that same night. The group, which met in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in an off-the-record session, included New York Times columnists David Brooks, Tom Friedman and Frank Bruni and editorial writer Carol Giacomo; The Washington Post's David Ignatius, Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus; The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins and George Packer; The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart; The New Republic's Julia Ioffe; Columbia...
  • Building Legacy, Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench

    09/14/2014 5:07:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 13, 2014 | By JEREMY W. PETERS
    Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy. For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only grown since late last year when they stripped Republicans of their ability to filibuster the president’s nominees. Democratic appointees who hear cases full time now hold a majority of seats on nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeals. When Mr. Obama took office, only...
  • Venezuela's UN Security Council Bid Looking Hopeful After Gaining Backing

    09/12/2014 3:43:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | September 12, 2014
    Venezuela's socialist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chávez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The unanimous endorsement of Venezuela's candidacy to represent the region on the Security Council came at a closed-door meeting July 23 in New York, said Amin Cruz, a diplomat at the U.N. from the Dominican Republic, which presided at the meeting. When Chávez last tried for a seat in 2006, the United States succeeded in torpedoing his campaign. This year, Washington has been mum.
  • Somebody Tell Kerry: White House Says We're at War with ISIS

    09/12/2014 2:37:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | September 12, 2014
    The United States is at war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the White House and Pentagon said Friday, a day after Secretary of State John Kerry repeatedly declined to use that phrase. “In the same way that we are at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates around the globe, we are at war with ISIL,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby echoed that sentiment, telling reporters that while the effort was "not the Iraq war," they should "make no mistake, we know we...
  • Top Obama Officials Disagree Over Whether U.S. At War With ISIS

    09/12/2014 2:32:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    TIME ^ | September 12, 2014 | by Zeke J Miller
    The use of the W-word could have both legal and political implications. Top Obama Administration officials have publicly given conflicting accounts in recent days over a fundamental question of the new U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria: Is the nation at war? With 158 airstrikes carried out on ISIS targets and more than 1,600 troops deployed to Iraq in various capacities, Secretary of State John Kerry told ABC News Thursday that the nation was not in fact at war with the militant group. But by Friday afternoon, the White House and the Pentagon were...
  • Carr: Anti-war crowd stunningly silent on ISIS plan

    09/12/2014 2:28:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 12, 2014 | By Howie Carr
    I could have sworn we were going to war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But the president, a well-known theologian, has informed us that despite what the Muslims of ISIS say, the Islamic State “is not Islamic.” So I guess we’re in a war against SIS — the State of Iraq and Syria. But it still is a war, isn’t it, Mr. Secretary Kerry? “I think that’s the wrong terminology,” he sniffed yesterday. “What we are engaging in is a very significant counterterrorism operation.” Does that make it … a police action? Will we have to...
  • Panel endorses firing squad for capital cases

    09/12/2014 12:28:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 12, 2014 | By Ben Neary
    The Wyoming Department of Corrections should be able to employ a firing squad to execute condemned inmates if the state can't find the drugs to carry out lethal injections, a legislative committee voted Friday. There's been talk this year about reinstituting the firing squad in Utah. That state outlawed execution by firing squad in 2004, but kept it as an option for inmates convicted before that time. It last executed an inmate by firing squad in 2010. Linda Burp, director of the ACLU in Wyoming, said the United States stands with such nations as China, Iraq and Syria in continuing...
  • NFL: 3 in 10 Ex-Players Face Alzheimer's, Dementia

    09/12/2014 11:45:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 99 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 12, 2014 | By MARYCLAIRE DALE
    The NFL believes that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and twice as often as the general population. The disclosure Friday comes in data the league prepared for its proposed $765 million settlement of thousands of concussion lawsuits. Both the league and players' lawyers estimate that 28 percent of the retirees will develop Alzheimer's disease, moderate dementia or more serious neurological problems. That would represent nearly 6,000 of the 19,000 living former players. Dozens of them could develop Lou Gehrig's or Parkinson's disease.
  • Mexico President slams Texas governor over border crackdown

    09/12/2014 9:59:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2014 | by David Alire Garcia
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry's deployment of National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexican border is "reprehensible" and puts neighborly relations at risk, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said in an interview published on Friday. "Not only is it displeasing, but I think it's reprehensible," Pena Nieto told Mexican daily El Universal in an interview published on Friday. "It is an attack on good relations and neighborliness." Pena Nieto said Perry's decision contrasts starkly with other U.S. states, like California, which have embraced more immigrant-friendly policies. "The policy is completely unacceptable and it does not embody the spirit of cordiality and friendship...
  • When Boots on the Ground Aren't 'Boots on the Ground' in Iraq

    09/12/2014 9:54:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 12, 2014 | By Lee Ferran
    President Obama’s strategy to “degrade and destroy” ISIS comes with an additional 475 American troops gearing up to go to Iraq, bringing the total number of U.S. service members there to over 1,600 – but don’t call those “boots on the ground.” Like the hundreds of American soldiers already in Iraq, the new crop has not been assigned to any combat duties, the military says, and Thursday that’s how the White House told ABC News it defines “boots on the ground” in this context: “U.S. military service members serving in combat roles.”
  • How US Would Conduct the Syrian Rebel-Training Program

    09/11/2014 5:00:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 11, 2014 | By Luis Martinez
    ... For more than a year, the CIA has run a limited training program in Jordan for small numbers of vetted fighters. The military program would expand on that model and train larger numbers of fighters. U.S. officials familiar with details of the proposed program say that it is slated to last for one year from the time that Congress authorizes it and passes the funding request. A senior administration official revealed Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had agreed to host the train-and-equip program. A U.S. official told ABC News that Saudi Arabia will host multiple training sites for Syrian rebel...
  • Obama's ISIS Offensive Is Not 'War,' Kerry Insists

    09/11/2014 4:55:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 11, 2014 | By ALEXANDER MARQUARDT
    The U.S. is not at war with ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted today. Kerry was asked today whether the U.S. was at war with ISIS. "No. Look, we’re engaged in a counterterrorism operation of a significant order," the secretary responded. "And counterterrorism operations can take a long time, they go on. I think 'war' is the wrong reference term with respect to that, but obviously it involves kinetic military action."
  • Assault on U.S. consulate in Benghazi leaves 4 dead, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens

    09/11/2014 7:50:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 12, 2012
    U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens was among four Americans killed in an attack by Muslim protesters on the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi the previous evening. President Obama said he had ordered heightened security at all U.S. diplomatic offices around the world in the wake of the attack in Benghazi and a similar but less violent incident in Cairo on Tuesday. Both incidents were sparked by hardline Muslims protesting a film made in the U.S. which insults the Muslim prophet Muhammad. "Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the...
  • Prospect of U.S. Attacks Electrifies Syrians

    09/11/2014 7:15:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 11, 2014 | By ANNE BARNARD
    The prospect of the first American attacks on Syrian soil during three years of brutal civil war electrified Syrians on Thursday, prompting intense debate over whether airstrikes on the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria would help or harm President Bashar al-Assad, his armed Syrian opponents and war-weary civilians. But even among fervent opponents of ISIS there was ambivalence over President Obama’s declaration that he would “not hesitate” to strike ISIS in Syria. Now, framing the attack on ISIS as driven by American national security concerns, Mr. Obama faces mistrust from both sides. Many insurgents consider his action too...
  • Kerry, in Saudi Arabia, Talks Strategy With Arab Leaders

    09/11/2014 6:29:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 11, 2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON
    Secretary of State John Kerry plunged into an intensive series of meetings here with Arab officials on Thursday to coordinate strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The meetings are being hosted by Saudi Arabia, which has agreed to provide bases for the training of moderate Syrian rebels who are battling the Sunni militants and the Assad government in Damascus. The talks will also include the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. The Obama administration is eager for the campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, to...
  • News Analysis: Immigrant investor visa no longer wealthy Chinese's fast passage to America

    09/11/2014 6:12:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Xinhua News (China) ^ | September 10, 2014 | by Shen Qing
    A U.S. immigration program that grants visas to foreigners who invest in U.S. businesses and create local jobs, has for the first time in its 24-year history run out of quota due to the overwhelming demand by Chinese applicants and will thus no longer be China's newly rich's fast passage to America. The U.S. Department of State said the EB-5 program, which gives visas to those who invest at least 500,000 U.S. dollars and create at least 10 jobs in development projects, has hit its annual quota of 10,000 visas for the fiscal year, and will not receive new applicants...
  • Russia says US airstrikes without UN mandate would be act of aggression

    09/11/2014 5:56:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | September 11, 2014
    Russia's foreign ministry said on Thursday airstrikes against Islamist militants in Syria without a UN Security Council mandate would be an act of aggression, Interfax news agency reported. "The US president has spoken directly about the possibility of strikes by the US armed forces against ISIL positions in Syria without the consent of the legitimate government," ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said. "This step, in the absence of a UN Security Council decision, would be an act of aggression, a gross violation of international law."
  • Obama orders U.S. airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

    09/11/2014 5:53:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 11, 2014 | BY STEVE HOLLAND AND ROBERTA RAMPTON
    President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group. Obama's decision to launch attacks inside Syria, which is embroiled in a three-year civil war, marked a turnabout for the president, who shied away a year ago from airstrikes to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons against his own people.
  • U.S. jobless claims rise unexpectedly, but still at pre-recession levels

    09/11/2014 5:46:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 11, 2014 | By Lucia Mutikani
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, but that probably does not signal a material shift in labor market conditions as claims remain near their pre-recession levels. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 315,000 for the week ended Sept. 6, the highest level since late June, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Claims for the prior week were revised to show 2,000 more applications received than previously reported.
  • Obama seeks support for attacking Syria while pursuing diplomacy **2013 FLASHBACK**

    09/10/2014 4:17:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | September 11, 2013 | By Tom Cohen
    President Barack Obama tried Tuesday to sell a military intervention he never wanted to an American public that opposes it, telling the nation that he needed authorization to attack Syria as leverage in a newly emerged diplomatic opening from Russia. Calling the United States "the anchor of global security," Obama offered moral, political and strategic arguments for being ready to launch limited military strikes while trying to negotiate a diplomatic solution to what he called Syria's violation of a global ban on chemical weapons. "Our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria, along...
  • Excerpts of the President’s Address to the Nation

    09/10/2014 4:11:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    White House.gov ^ | September 10, 2014 | Barack Hussein Obama
    As Prepared for Delivery “So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat. Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.” … “But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless...
  • Remembrance Archive: Free Republic Threads From 9-11-01

    09/10/2014 6:28:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 115 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | February 1, 2002 | Starrgaizr
    Upon request, I have collected links to many of the earliest threads from September 11, 2001 below. I reviewed threads from the very first FR report (http://www.freeRepublic.com/focus/fr/520255/posts)through thread number 520326. Feel free to add other significant threads, including photo archives. Bumping this thread periodically instead of the original threads will also avoid scaring people with the headlines. Bookmark this thread, and bump it from time to time when the nation and the press seems to forget why we need resolve in the face of evil. Forgive some of the early misinformation and broken photo links, and recall the horror and...
  • President's Schedule - September 10, 2014

    09/10/2014 6:15:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    White House.gov ^ | September 10, 2014
    No public schedule.
  • Been There, Tried That: What Obama Won't Say in Foreign Policy Address

    09/10/2014 6:09:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 10, 2014 | by Carrie Dann
    President Barack Obama is set to hit rewind on his approach to foreign policy when he addresses the nation Wednesday. A president who rode opposition to the Iraq War to the White House will try to convince the American people that, this time, the U.S. must wade back into the much-despised quagmire to eliminate the threat from jihadist group ISIS. It’s not the first time Obama has retreated from some of his most frequently-played sound bites regarding the terror threat in the Middle East. But with the ISIS threat feeling ever closer to home since the terror group beheaded two...
  • 'Armed patriots': the private citizens out to secure the U.S. border

    09/10/2014 5:37:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 10, 2014 | BY LISA MARIA GARZA
    With binoculars in hand, an assault rifle slung over his chest and a Glock pistol on his hip, a man named Will scans the banks of the Rio Grande looking for anyone trying to cross from Mexico into Texas. Will is a member of the Patriots, a group of heavily armed private citizens who use displays of force to intimidate people attempting to cross the border illegally. Since early summer the Patriots have patrolled an area near Brownsville, Texas. "If you spot them and shine your light on them, that lets them know that you're there," said the 25-year-old construction...
  • President's Schedule - September 9, 2014

    09/09/2014 5:12:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    White House.gov ^ | September 9, 2014
    10:00 AM The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing Oval Office Closed Press 10:45 AM The President meets with Secretary of State Kerry Oval Office Closed Press 3:15 PM The President and Vice President meet with members of the Congressional Leadership Oval Office Pool Spray at the Top
  • U.N. climate agency reports carbon dioxide growing at alarming rate

    09/09/2014 4:41:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 9, 2014 | By CAROL J. WILLIAMS
    Carbon dioxide accumulation in the atmosphere reached a record high last year and grew at the fastest rate in 30 years, the United Nations' climate agency reported Tuesday. Wendy Watson-Wanker, executive secretary of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, warned that time is running out in the mission to prevent devastating climate change. "It is high time the ocean, as the primary driver of the planet’s climate and attenuator of climate change, becomes a central part of climate change discussions,” said Watson-Wanker.
  • Meat-Free School Lunches Draw Ire of State Official

    09/09/2014 4:12:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth ^ | September 9, 2014
    Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is raising objections to a school district pilot program that encourages kids to eat meatless lunches once a week. The pilot program at the Drippings Springs School District offers meat-free lunch options every Monday to students in its three elementary schools. Students can still eat meaty meals on Mondays, but must bring their lunches from home. Among the food items offered to students this Monday were a black-bean burrito, vegetarian chili with cornbread, baby carrots and sliced peaches. On past Mondays, students could choose cheese sandwiches, cheese ravioli, spinach salad and vegetarian soups. John Crowley,...
  • More districts skipping meat on Mondays

    09/09/2014 4:08:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 9, 2014 | by Jill Tucker
    Mondays have become meat free in hundreds of school cafeterias across the Bay Area, a move praised by animal rights activists and environmentalists and condemned by the livestock industry for pushing politics into the lunch line. South San Francisco Unified joined the Meatless Monday movement this year, joining Oakland, West Contra Costa and several other districts that have adopted the campaign within the last few years. District officials say it's all about improving student nutrition and drawing attention to alternative sources of protein.
  • House votes to block proposed EPA clean water rule

    09/09/2014 4:05:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | September 9, 2014 | By Sabrina Eaton
    The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday took a largely symbolic vote on a bill intended to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing a rule it proposed earlier this year that's meant to clarify which water bodies are federally protected under the Clean Water Act. Foes call the EPA proposal a "power grab" by the federal government that would subject waters such as streams, ponds, even puddles to the EPA's red tape, bureaucracy and permitting requirements.
  • ObamaCare's Circular Firing Squad

    09/09/2014 3:46:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | September 9, 2014 | Editorial
    Health Wars: As ObamaCare's failures mount, the giant health care companies are busy attacking each other instead of the misbegotten health law. Democrats must be delighted. Earlier this month, the New Hampshire insurance department decided not to force Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to include Frisbie Memorial Hospital in its ObamaCare network. Frisbie CEO Al Felgar had blasted Anthem for excluding the hospital, griping that it was "all about profit." Welcome to health care ObamaCare style, where the hospitals attack the insurance companies, the insurance companies attack drug companies, the drug industry attacks hospitals, and doctors attack all of...
  • Ted Cruz’s Obamacare Nightmare Comes to Life

    09/09/2014 3:29:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | September 9, 2014 | By Jonathan Chait
    In the summer of 2013, with the Affordable Care Act about to begin enrolling its first customers in the new health-care exchanges, Ted Cruz warned Republicans that they were facing one final chance to kill the law. Once Americans had grown accustomed to the sweet comfort of affordable health insurance, Cruz foresaw, they would never give it up: “[Obama’s] strategy is to get as many Americans as possible hooked on the subsidies, addicted to the sugar. If we get to Jan. 1, this thing is here forever.” Cruz may have been completely misguided in his belief that this logic dictated...
  • California governor to sign mandatory sick leave bill

    09/09/2014 3:16:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 9, 2014 | by Sharon Bernstein
    California Governor Jerry Brown said on Tuesday he would sign a bill requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave to employees, the latest of several moves by Democratic lawmakers to aid low-income workers in the most populous U.S. state.
  • Oregon GOP Senate Candidate Unveils Pro-Gay Marriage Ad

    09/09/2014 3:11:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 9, 2014 | By Kirsten Appleton
    A Republican Senate candidate in Oregon is bucking the GOP by embracing gay marriage in a new campaign ad. The ad, from the campaign of Dr. Monica Wehby who is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, prominently features a gay couple — Ben West, of Portland, who filed a lawsuit in 2013 with partner Paul Rummell to overturn Oregon’s same sex-marriage ban that went into effect in 2004. The majority of the Republican Party has opposed gay marriage, making Wehby a maverick in her party.
  • Climate: EPA eyes limits on airline carbon pollution

    09/08/2014 4:56:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    Summit County Citizens Voice (CO) ^ | September 8, 2014 | By Bob Berwyn
    U.S. airlines may soon be required to at least start thinking about cutting their carbon footprint. The EPA last week started a rule-making process aimed at determining whether fast-growing carbon emissions from American aircraft endanger public health and welfare. The EPA action came a month after the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth, which is represented by Earthjustice, threatened to sue the agency for failing to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from aircraft. Conservation advocates say airlines could easily make big cuts in emissions, for example by upgrading fleets with fuel-efficient planes.
  • Climate change could lead to raging infernos: 200% rise in forest fires by 2090

    09/08/2014 4:39:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | September 8, 2014 | By ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFART
    FULL TITLE: Climate change could lead to raging infernos throughout Europe: Scientists predict 200% rise in forest fires by 2090. Climate change is expected to contribute to a 'dramatic increase' in forest fires in Europe, according to a new study. The research claims that increased temperatures and longer droughts will create a 200 per cent increase in raging forest infernos by 2090. However, preventive fires could keep that increase to below 50 per cent, the Austrian scientists claim.
  • Unidentified Respiratory Virus Likely to Hit Kids Across Country

    09/08/2014 4:34:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 8, 2014 | By GILLIAN MOHNEY and DEAN SCHABNER
    A respiratory illness that has already sickened more than a thousand children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem, doctors say. The disease hasn't been officially identified but officials suspect a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold. According to Mark Pallansch, director of the Division of Viral Diseases at the CDC, similar cases to the ones in Colorado have been cropping up across the U.S. At least 10 states...
  • $60 Million For 34 States To Boost Obamacare Enrollment

    09/08/2014 4:10:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | September 8, 2014 | By Phil Galewitz
    Two Planned Parenthood chapters, two United Way organizations, a food bank association and a Catholic hospital system are among 90 nonprofit groups that will receive a total of $60 million to help people sign up for health insurance, the Department of Health and Human Services announced today. Planned Parenthood chapters in Montana and Iowa received grants totaling about $500,000. Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic hospital system, won a $241,000 grant to help people in Kansas. The Ohio Association of Food Banks will receive a $2.1 million grant. Florida Covering Kids & Families, based at the University of South Florida,...
  • 3 dead, 11 wounded in city shootings

    09/07/2014 6:06:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 7, 2014 | By Peter Nickeas
    Shootings left at least three men dead and 11 others wounded Saturday night into Sunday morning, bringing the weekend total for gunshot victims to 5 dead and 17 wounded.
  • U.S. expands attacks on Islamic State as Iraqi forces move to reclaim villages near Haditha

    09/07/2014 3:59:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 7, 2014 | By Roy Gutman
    The United States on Sunday expanded its air war against Islamic extremists in Iraq, sending fighter jets to attack targets near the Haditha Dam in coordination with ground forces from the Shiite Muslim-dominated Iraqi military and local Sunni Muslim tribes. The U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, said in a statement that U.S. combat aircraft destroyed four Islamic State Humvees, four armed vehicles, two of which were carrying anti-aircraft artillery, one fighting position, and one command post. It’s not clear whether the collaboration, coordinated by the U.S. military with the Shiite-dominated central government, will set a precedent. Still, the timing...
  • Latinos furious at Obama on immigration delay, vow more pressure

    09/07/2014 3:20:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 7, 2014 | By Julia Edwards
    Hispanic lawmakers and immigration advocates harshly criticized President Barack Obama's decision to delay executive action on immigration and vowed to keep pressuring him to make bold changes. Democratic Representatives Luis Gutierrez and Tony Cardenas on Sunday accused Obama of playing politics the day after the president said he would wait until after November's congressional elections to change policy on immigration. The announcement marked a reversal for Obama, who publicly promised to act by the end of summer. "Playing it safe might win an election," Gutierrez said on ABC's "This Week" program. "But it almost never leads to fairness, to justice...
  • Missing emails: What is the IRS not telling Congress?

    09/05/2014 3:38:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    FOX 29 ^ | September 5, 2014 | By SHARYL ATTKISSON
    In June, IRS commissioner John Koskinen testified he had no idea who tipped off Obama officials, much sooner than Congress, about missing IRS emails. "Did you cause someone to find out at the White House, at Treasury, or your IG?" Representative Darrell Issa asked Koskinen on June 23rd. "I did not," answered Koskinen. "And if you have any evidence of that, I'd be happy to see it." "I asked a question," said Issa. "And I answered it," replied Koskinen. In a new development, we've learned it was IRS Commission John Koskinen's own chief legal advisor at the IRS, Catherine Duval,...
  • Democratic senator condemns investigation into IRS targeting

    09/05/2014 3:29:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 5, 2014 | By JAKE MILLER
    A Senate report released Friday criticized the IRS Inspector General's investigation into whether the tax agency targeted conservative tea party groups for excessive and burdensome scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle. The report, written by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, acknowledged that the IRS did mismanage applications from groups applying for tax exemption, but it argued that mismanagement affected both liberal and conservative groups. "The subcommittee found no evidence that political bias influences the decisions made by IRS personnel," the report stated. "A review of nearly 800,000 pages of documents and nearly two dozen interviews produced no evidence of political bias...
  • ISIS Strategy a Moving Target for Obama Administration

    09/05/2014 3:05:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 5, 2014 | By ALI WEINBERG
    Since President Obama departed for Europe this week he and other administration officials have sent mixed messages about what exactly the mission is with regard to the Islamist extremist group ISIS. The president, who spoke about the adminstration's ISIS objectives again today at the NATO conference in Wales, has laid out several different goals, ranging from completely destroying ISIS to shrinking its sphere of influence. Below is a list of the various objectives against ISIS, which is also known as ISIL, that Obama and his team have laid out in the past week: “Our objective is clear, and that is...
  • Consumers To Hear Soon If Plans Are Canceled

    09/05/2014 1:07:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | September 5, 2014 | By Michelle Andrews
    Consumers may soon find a surprise in their mailbox: a notice that their health plan is being canceled. Insurers are required to give policyholders 90 days notice if they’re discontinuing their plans. That means consumers whose plans will be cancelled this December should be receiving notices now. If your plan is being canceled, you have a number of options. By law, your insurer has to let you buy another of its plans if you want. You can also shop on the state health insurance marketplace for coverage, where many people qualify for subsidies that reduce the cost, or you can...
  • Updated: NORAD breaks off fighters after unresponsive plane out of Rochester enters Cuban airspace

    09/05/2014 10:56:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Rochester Press-Standard ^ | September 5, 2014
    Update 1:53 -- CNN reporting two pilots appear to be unconscious