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  • Democrats seek to reshape midterm electorate along lines of a presidential year

    04/19/2014 6:06:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 19, 2014 | By Dan Balz
    Democrats have a problem and everyone knows it. President Obama calls it a “congenital disease.” If they can’t control it, Obama could spend the final years of his presidency battling not only a Republican House but also a Republican Senate. Democrats are banking on the belief that they can better identify potential supporters, motivate them and get them to the polls — in essence, reshape the midterm electorate to make it look more like the electorate in a presidential year. To try to do so, they will for the first time fully employ the sophisticated tools and techniques used in...
  • Macy's CEO Explains Why He's Against Raising The Minimum Wage

    04/19/2014 4:58:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 19, 2014 | By Ashley Lutz
    Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren believes that raising the minimum wage would result in fewer jobs for Americans. "So if your costs go up by X million by taking an initiative like this, what are companies going to do? It doesn’t mean their sales are going to get better, it just means that you’re going to have to offset that expense and how are you going to offset that expense?" Lundgren asked. "The worst thing that can happen is we end up laying off people." Lundgren said that he thinks that reducing the corporate tax rate could help create more jobs.
  • Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'

    04/19/2014 4:51:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 19, 2014
    WASHINGTON -- Michelle Obama is going a little bit country. The first lady's office says she'll appear on the May 7 episode of the ABC country music drama "Nashville." The episode is titled "All Or Nothing With Me" and is set at Fort Campbell.
  • Japan expands army footprint for first time in 40 years, risks angering China

    04/19/2014 10:24:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 19, 2014 | BY NOBUHIRO KUBO
    Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan. The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who attended a ceremony on Yonaguni island to mark the start of construction, suggested the military presence could be enlarged to other islands in the seas southwest of Japan's main islands. "This is the first deployment since the U.S. returned Okinawa (1972) and calls...
  • 'Fox & Friends' mistreats Elijah Cummings on IRS emails story

    04/19/2014 9:40:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 52 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | April 18, 2014 | By David Zurawik
    As I watched Tuesday while the anchors on “Fox & Friends” leveled unsubstantiated charges against Rep. Elijah Cummings as if they were facts, I couldn’t help thinking how much more dangerous Sen. Joe McCarthy might have been in the 1950s if there had been a show like this to amplify his reckless allegations. The Fox News morning show was playing one of cable talk’s dirtier games, and the longtime Democratic congressman from Baltimore was its target for his role in the House IRS probe. The lightweight, smiley morning crew — Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Elisabeth Hasselbeck — were saying...
  • A New Muslim Renaissance is Here

    04/19/2014 8:53:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 77 replies
    TIME ^ | April 16, 2014 | by Rabia Chaudry
    History is witness to a time past when the Islamic civilization produced globally unparallelled architecture, literature, science, philosophy, theological discourse, and cultural influences – influences so strong it made European nobles want to dress like Muslims. Critics of Islam and Muslims scoff at this romanticism, asserting that Muslims have not produced anything great since the Middle Ages and most likely will never again. The inherent bigotry and even fallacy of that argument aside, for those critics I have to say, look out, a new Muslim renaissance is upon us. In the midst of growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the US since...
  • District 214 may drop out of National School Lunch Program

    04/19/2014 8:41:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Chicago Daily Herald ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Melissa Silverberg
    Northwest Suburban High School District 214 may drop out of the National School Lunch Program next year due to what officials called restrictive changes in the law. The change comes in advance of a new "Smart Snacks in Schools" law that goes into effect July 1. The law will mandate what can be served, not only for reimbursable meals, but for all food items available in the morning, during the school day and 30 minutes after school ends, including food sold at a fundraiser such as a bake sale, food in vending machines and school stores and school breakfast. "The...
  • Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card?

    04/19/2014 8:14:41 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    NPR ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Frank James
    Few mixtures in American life are more emotionally combustible than the one formed by the combination of politics and race. That helps explain why Democrats, in general, and President Obama, in particular, have tended to steer clear of overtly raising race as an issue to explain some of the opposition to Obama's presidency and agenda. There seems to be a shift in recent days, however. Top Democratic party officials have either directly or indirectly blamed race for some of the hostility to Obama, his policies, or both. Is this partly about activating minority voters during a midterm election year in...
  • Ten years after his death, Pat Tillman's spirit lives on in a military scholar program

    04/19/2014 7:56:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Mark Emmons
    Ten years after the death of Pat Tillman in a remote Afghanistan pass, monuments to his memory are everywhere. A stone marker in San Jose's community of New Almaden. An 8-foot statue in Glendale, Ariz. The Pat Tillman Stadium at Leland High School and the Tillman Tunnel that Arizona State football players run through. But the most fitting tributes to an admired man are not found in concrete and bronze. They are living legacies of flesh, blood and passion -- the Tillman Military Scholars. Nearly 300 active-duty service members, veterans and spouses inspired by Tillman's story have received college scholarships...
  • Unusual arrangement? Honda’s campaign offices are right at home — in SEIU headquarters

    04/19/2014 7:40:06 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Carla Marinucci
    Democratic Congressman Mike Honda, now engaged in a contentious fight for re-election in a Silicon Valley House race, has made the unusual move of locating his 2014 campaign office inside the headquarters of a major South Bay labor organization — the Service Employees International Union Local 521. The details about Honda’s campaign office emerged after the Chronicle reported last week that Honda can’t vote for himself in the 2014 election because his home is located outside the 17th Congressional District he represents.
  • Virginia’s Highest Court Denies Access to Climate Scientist’s Emails

    04/19/2014 7:15:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 18, 2014 | By JACOB GERSHMAN
    Virginia’s highest court has denied a conservative group’s effort to force the University of Virginia to turn over emails from a controversial climate scientist who worked at the school. The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday held that the public university wasn’t obligated under the state’s freedom of information law to release thousands of emails that Penn State researcher Michael Mann wrote while he was a UVA professor several years ago. Mr. Mann in 2009 came under scrutiny among global warming skeptics after hackers leaked thousands of email exchanges between the professor and other researchers that suggested that the scientists sought...
  • Western lawmakers strategize on taking control of federal lands

    04/19/2014 5:45:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 72 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 19, 2014
    Officials from nine Western states met in Salt Lake City on Friday to discuss taking control of federal lands within their borders on the heels of a standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management. The lawmakers and county commissioners discussed ways to wresting oil-, timber- and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. --snip-- "What's happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem," Lockhart said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The Legislative Summit on the Transfer of Public Lands, as it was called, was organized by Utah state Rep. Ken...
  • Groups urge Boehner on immigration reform

    04/18/2014 5:20:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Eric Schwartzberg
    Ohio faith leaders and members of the immigrant community rallied Thursday evening at The Square @ Union Centre to call on House Speaker John Boehner to “Do the Right Thing” on immigration reform. “Every day that he’s waiting … every day that immigration’s not passed, more families are separated,” Fabiola Arce of the Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center told the crowd. “The children are put into foster care and I just don’t understand how they can break up families like that when they have hard-working parents here.” Arce, a Xavier University graduate and teacher at DePaul Cristo Rey High School...
  • Sibelius not running for Senate, HHS confirms: Report

    04/18/2014 4:02:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Tom Howell Jr.
    Despite rumors in Democratic circles, departing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering a Senate run out of Kansas, an agency spokesman told the Associated Press.
  • PHILLIPS: Where is the conservative establishment?

    04/18/2014 3:41:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Judson Phillips
    Republicans, at least in theory, are better off than liberals. Republicans generally don’t manage to lose by repeating the same old mistakes. Instead, Republicans manage to find new, unique and very creative ways to lose. House Speaker John Boehner has told business leaders and others on a couple of occasions he is going to get immigration amnesty done this year. In one instance, he said he was “hellbent” on getting it done. Amnesty will, of course, destroy the Republican Party. That is why the Left loves it. Corporatists who want amnesty for low wages don’t think beyond the next quarter’s...
  • Critics rail against liberal bias for commencement speakers

    04/18/2014 3:18:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Valerie Richardson
    This year’s Democratic commencement speakers outnumber their Republicans counterparts by more than 2 to 1, according to a survey by Campus Reform. In what critics describe as another example of liberal bias on campus, 56 Democratic officeholders, appointees and operatives are slated to speak this spring at university graduation ceremonies. Only 26 Republicans are scheduled to deliver college commencement addresses, the study found. “This proves how liberal our nation’s universities are. There is a severe bias against conservative viewpoints and an unwillingness to offer true diversity of thought,” said Caleb Bonham, editor-in-chief of Campus Reform, which pushes for greater conservative...
  • U.S. ground troops going to Poland, defense minister says

    04/18/2014 3:13:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 86 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Fred Hiatt
    Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe in response to events in Ukraine. That was the word from Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, who visited The Post Friday after meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Thursday. Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play...
  • Sex in restaurant bathrooms is a Washington, D.C. epidemic (apparently)

    04/18/2014 2:58:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Tony Bravo
    According to a story in the Washington City Paper, D.C. has an epidemic of sex in restaurant bathrooms. Yes, you read that correctly. When not making policy or keeping our democracy afloat the citizens of D.C. are apparently doing the dirty in the W.C. Hetero, homo, whatever category your average political marriage falls into, according to local bar and restaurant owners the trend is across the board. When people talk about there being “something wrong with the culture of the capital,” I think this is what they’re talking about.
  • Kansas Speech by Michelle Obama Draws Complaints

    04/18/2014 2:51:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 18, 2014 | By JOHN MILBURN
    Given their druthers, some Kansas high school students and their parents said they would rather keep their graduation day just a family affair instead of expanding the guest list to include first lady Michelle Obama. The district announced that Obama was speaking to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision that made school segregation unconstitutional.
  • Monica Lewinsky E-Mail Omitted From Latest Batch of Clinton Documents

    04/18/2014 2:44:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Chris Good
    An email from Monica Lewinsky was omitted from the Clinton library’s latest document dump for privacy reasons. Every two weeks this spring, the National Archives has been releasing documents from Clinton’s presidency through The William J Clinton Presidential Library & Museum in Little Rock, Ark. Included in a list of withdrawn/redacted documents, midway through a batch of documents concerning Gen. Wesley Clark, is an email from Monica Lewinsky’s Pentagon email address. Vaguely referenced as concerning a “medical record,” the omitted email is listed as four pages long.
  • Progress, Challenges As Medicaid Rolls Swell in Wash.

    04/18/2014 11:47:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | April 18, 2014 | By Lisa Stiffler, The Seattle Times
    Washington state has blown past its targets for signing up new Medicaid participants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The program’s ranks have grown roughly 25 percent in the past six months, helping fulfill one of the act’s key goals to provide health care to nearly all Americans. But with enrollment success comes the challenge of serving more people in a $10 billion program that’s already stretched thin in places. Some of the new enrollees haven’t seen a doctor in years and need help navigating the health-care morass. Medicaid patients already struggle to get care in parts of the state...
  • Conservatives encouraging presidential bid by surgeon outraise rivals

    04/17/2014 8:13:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 17, 2014 | By Andy Sullivan
    If money is any indication, a prominent Baltimore doctor with no political experience is an early front-runner in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. A group encouraging retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to run for president raised $2.4 million in the first three months of this year, more than the group backing Hillary Clinton or those affiliated with Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and other potential candidates, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. Carson, 62, has emerged as a prominent African-American conservative commentator. He appears regularly on Fox News and writes a weekly column for the conservative Washington Times newspaper. Carson's...
  • Fox News Poll: 49 percent think White House had IRS target conservatives

    04/17/2014 4:42:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 17, 2014 | By Dana Blanton
    Nearly half of American voters think the IRS targeted conservative groups at the request of the White House, and most want Congress to keep investigating the matter. The latest Fox News poll also finds 69 percent don’t feel President Obama has followed through on his vow to “find out exactly what happened on this.” By a 49-41 percent margin, voters believe the Obama administration “intentionally had the IRS target conservative political groups.” That includes 26 percent of Democrats, 52 percent of independents and 71 percent of Republicans. Overall, 72 percent of voters disagree with the president when he says there...
  • Emails Show Corruption At Heart Of Administration

    04/17/2014 4:37:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | April 17, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    New emails show that both the IRS and Justice Department were involved in a probe of Tea Party and other conservative groups. This is no mere scandal — it's a major breach of the law. President Obama told Fox News in February that there wasn't "even a smidgen of corruption" in what the IRS did. The corruption is there, Mr. President, and it demands a prosecution. The only remaining question is whether the rot extends to your office, too.
  • Oregon Ruling Spurs Halt on Immigration Detainers

    04/17/2014 4:27:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 17, 2014 | By GOSIA WOZNIACKA
    A federal judge in Oregon has found that an immigrant woman's constitutional rights were violated when she was held in jail without probable cause at the request of U.S. immigration authorities, one of several recent federal court decisions to scrutinize the practice of keeping people in jail after they're eligible for release so that they can be considered for deportation. The rulings make it clear that local officials are not required to honor immigration authorities' requests that someone in custody continue to be held even though their original charges were resolved or they are eligible for bail, and that local...
  • Slain Richmond boy was father of suspect's child

    04/16/2014 8:51:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 16, 2014
    A 30-year-old woman shot and killed a teenage boy in Richmond after the two - who had a child together - argued over the victim's girlfriend, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Melinda Gaffney surrendered Monday to San Francisco police in connection with the April 8 slaying of Terrance Forks, 16, outside the Crescent Park apartment complex. Gaffney shot the boy during the latest in a series of arguments over Terrance's girlfriend, said Contra Costa County prosecutor Mary Knox. Gaffney fled in a Lexus that was later recovered, police said.
  • Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry sinking

    04/16/2014 8:41:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2014 | BY NARAE KIM
    South Korean coastguard and navy divers resumed searching on Thursday for about 290 people still missing, many of them students from the same high school, after a ferry capsized in sight of land. So far 179 people have been rescued and six confirmed dead in what could be the country's worst maritime accident in 20 years. It is not known why the 6,586 metric ton vessel, built in Japan 20 years ago, sank.
  • Climate change cult has to shout louder to be heard amid public skepticism

    04/16/2014 5:13:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2014 | by Cal Thomas
    The cult centered on “global warming” alarmism is getting hot under the collar. People seem to have stopped paying attention, and polls show “climate change” barely registers on a list of voters' concerns. This can only mean, as losing politicians like to say, that their message isn’t getting through. What to do? Why, shout louder, of course. A recent story in the New York Times sought to help alarmists raise the decibel level: “The countries of the world have dragged their feet so long on global warming that the situation is now critical, experts appointed by the United Nations reported...
  • Slogging forward on climate change

    04/16/2014 5:09:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 16, 2014 | By Scot Lehigh
    THE WORLD now has a rough deadline for action on climate change. Nations need to take aggressive action in the next 15 years to cut carbon emissions, in order to forestall the worst effects of global warming, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Expect a certain part of our political class to insist that man-made climate change is not consensus science, and that until it is, nothing should be done. The problem there is obvious: By the time all the skeptics are persuaded, it will be too late for an effective response. In that regard, climate change poses a...
  • Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

    04/16/2014 4:17:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2014 | BY MATT SPETALNICK AND MANUEL MOGATO
    When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter. The flyover was a vivid illustration of the expanding significance of one of Asia's most strategic regions and underscored a message that senior U.S. officials say President Barack Obama will make in Asia next week: The "pivot" of U.S. military and diplomatic assets toward the Asia-Pacific region is real. Washington's Asian allies, however, appear unconvinced.
  • Obama, Republicans openly feud over immigration legislation

    04/16/2014 4:10:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2014 | By Richard Cowan
    Partisan bickering over immigration reform legislation intensified on Wednesday as President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans accused each other of standing in the way of progress one year after bipartisan Senate legislation was introduced. "I urge House Republicans to listen to the will of the American people and bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote," Obama said. Obama has warned that a failure by Congress to pass legislation could prompt him to look for ways to use his executive powers to make some limited advances on U.S. immigration policy.
  • China's Xi purging corrupt officials to put own men in place: sources

    04/16/2014 2:53:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2014 | BY BENJAMIN KANG LIM AND MEGHA RAJAGOPALAN
    Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said. Xi hopes that removing corrupt officials and those resisting change will allow him to consolidate his grip on power and implement difficult economic, judicial and military reforms that he believes are vital to perpetuate one-party rule, said the sources, who have ties to the leadership.
  • Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmakers

    04/16/2014 2:38:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 16, 2014 | By DAVID EGGERT and ED WHITE
    DETROIT (AP) — Pressure was building Wednesday for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions, a day after the city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group to reduce payouts. Retired police officers and firefighters would see smaller cost-of-living payments but no cut in pension benefits. Retirees and city employees who qualify for a pension will get a ballot in a few weeks.
  • Cantor says Obama ‘not sincere’ on immigration reform

    04/16/2014 2:20:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Market Watch ^ | April 16, 2014
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Wednesday said he had a phone call with President Barack Obama on the topic of immigration reform. It didn’t sound like it was a particularly friendly conversation. Cantor issued a statement saying, in part: The President called me hours after he issued a partisan statement which attacked me and my fellow House Republicans and which indicated no sincere desire to work together. After five years, President Obama still has not learned how to effectively work with Congress to get things done. You do not attack the very people you hope to engage in a...
  • China Property Collapse Has Begun

    04/15/2014 8:03:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 13, 2014 | by Gordon B. Chang
    Nothing is going right for Hangzhou at this moment. Walmart will be closing its Zhaohui store in that city on April 23 as a part of its overall plan to dump marginal locations—about 9% of the total—in China. Thanks to the world’s largest retailer, another large block of space in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, will go on the market at a time when there is generally too much supply. The problem is especially pronounced in the city’s premium office market. Hangzhou’s Grade A office buildings at the end of 2013 had, according to Jones Lang LaSalle, an average...
  • Bill signed allowing surprise inspections of Arizona abortion clinics

    04/15/2014 7:13:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 15, 2014 | BY DAVID SCHWARTZ
    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes. The Republican-backed bill, which gained final legislative approval from the state Senate last week, removes a provision from state law requiring a judge to approve any spot inspections conducted at the nine clinics in Arizona licensed to perform abortions. No other medical facilities in the state require such a warrant for unannounced inspections.
  • Keystone report can't have it both ways

    04/15/2014 3:51:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Sheldon Whitehouse (M-RI) and Henry A. Waxman (M-CA)
    For all the noise about the State Department's final environmental review of the Keystone XL Pipeline being a "blow" to pipeline opponents, the report contains more than enough information for Secretary of State John Kerry -- a respected environmental champion -- to conclude that the pipeline is not in the national interest. Although you have to dig a bit, the report recognizes the dangers associated with the tar sands fuel that the pipeline would transport. Kerry's obligation is to determine what is in the national interest. For all its flaws, the report acknowledges that the tar sands that would get...
  • Ted Cruz Presents Top 10 Excuses the IRS Won't Accept From You

    04/15/2014 3:07:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 15, 2014 | by Katie Pavlich
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz is having some fun on this fine tax day by exposing the double standard between people who work at the IRS and taxpayers who must comply with the rules and regulations of the agency. IMAGE BELOW:
  • Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White to receive Medal of Honor

    04/15/2014 2:41:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 15, 2014
    WASHINGTON — Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White will be awarded the Medal of Honor on May 13, 2014, the White House announced late Tuesday afternoon. White will receive the nation's highest military award for his actions during a dismounted movement in mountainous terrain in Aranas, Afghanistan, on November 9, 2007. He was then serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. White, who now works as an investment analyst in Charlotte, N.C., will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions...
  • Killing of environmental activists rises globally

    04/15/2014 2:25:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 15, 2014 | By DENIS D. GRAY
    --snip-- BANGKOK (AP) - A survey released Tuesday -- the first comprehensive one of its kind - says that only 10 killers of 908 environmental activists slain around the world over the past decade have been convicted. The report by the London-based Global Witness, a group that seeks to shed light on the links between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses, says murders of those protecting land rights and the environment have soared dramatically.
  • U.S. military on high alert as Ukraine troops trade gunfire with pro-Russian militants

    04/15/2014 1:31:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2014 | by Dave Boyer
    U.S. military assets in the Black Sea are on high alert amid reports Ukraine troops traded gunfire Tuesday with pro-Russian militants. A journalist with Associated Press reported intense gunfire at an airport in eastern Ukraine after the government sent in army troops to retake control from militiamen loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • After IRS stonewalls, Tea Party Patriots sues for documents on targeting

    04/15/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 15, 2014 | by Alex Pappas
    The group Tea Party Patriots filed suit on this Tax Day against the Internal Revenue Service for documents about the agency’s infamous targeting of conservative groups last year. The group hopes the documents will shed more light on why conservative and tea party groups were singled out for extra scrutiny by the IRS while applying for non-profit status ahead of the 2012 election. Tea Party Patriots also wants to learn more about the specific roles of former IRS official Lois Lerner and other Obama administration officials in developing these regulations that led to the special targeting, officials said Tuesday during...
  • The lost promise of progressive taxes

    04/15/2014 10:25:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Reuters - Opinion ^ | April 15, 2014 | By Ajay K. Mehrotra
    By midnight on April 15, roughly 140 million Americans will have filed their federal income tax returns and breathed a sigh of relief. Politicians from both parties, however, will spend most of the day criticizing our current tax system. --snip-- Creating a new tax regime based on the ability to pay had significant consequences. Not only did it provide sorely needed revenue while addressing growing inequality, it also fostered greater social solidarity and bolstered faith in government — a lesson lost on many lawmakers today. Reformers believed progressive taxes could be used to reconfigure the relationship between citizens and the...
  • Sucking Carbon From Sky May Be Necessary to Cool Planet, UN Says

    04/14/2014 4:55:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 81 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 14, 2014 | by John Roach
    International efforts to combat global warming are so broken that it's come to this: hoovering massive amounts of carbon dioxide out of the sky. A body of scientists convened under the auspices of the United Nations is giving more weight to the idea that vacuuming vast stores of CO2 from the skies and burying it in the ground may be necessary to limit the temperature rise to the internationally agreed safe level of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels. The plan's not quite like a giant thermostat for the whole globe, but the metaphor's not completely off either.
  • Let HHS nominee Sylvia Burwell explain Obamacare lie

    04/14/2014 4:28:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 14, 2014 | By Marc A. Thiessen
    Senate Democrats have been desperately trying to move the national conversation away from Obamacare to just about anything else before the midterm elections — “paycheck fairness,” the minimum wage, even the Koch brothers. But President Obama’s choice of Sylvia Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services thrusts Obamacare right back into the national spotlight — and with it Obama’s false promise that “if you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan.” Burwell should not be confirmed until she explains how OMB allowed the president of the United States to lie — repeatedly...
  • Judge: Feds can hide rationale for killing U.S. citizen

    04/14/2014 4:22:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 14, 2014 | by Bob Egelko
    A Bay Area federal judge says the Obama administration can keep secret a memo spelling out the legal rationale for a 2011 drone attack in Yemen that killed a U.S. citizen and alleged terrorist mastermind. The ruling dismissed a suit by the First Amendment Coalition, an open-government advocacy group in San Rafael. The organization sued after a September 2011 drone strike in Yemen that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Muslim cleric whom authorities suspected of organizing an attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner in 2009. Another U.S. citizen was also killed in the drone attack, and Awlaki's U.S.-born, 16-year-old...
  • Another Democrat suggests racism within GOP, drawing another sharp response

    04/13/2014 4:49:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 14, 2014
    New York Rep. Steve Israel said Sunday a significant part of the Republican Party is “animated by racism,” marking the third time in recent days that a leading Democrat has appeared to make race an issue and draw a sharp response from Republicans. Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, whose major role is the get his House members re-elected, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that not all of his Republican colleagues are racist. “Not all of them, of course not,” he said. “But to a significant extent, the Republican base does have elements that are animated by...
  • Qur'an school serves growing Muslim community in north metro

    04/13/2014 9:11:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | April 12, 2014 | by: SHANNON PRATHER
    Thirteen-year-old Fadel Hasan has memorized the entire roster of his favorite football team, the Minnesota Vikings. He usually has an opinion about draft picks and trades that he doesn’t hesitate to share, his dad says. Now, the youngster is using his memorization skills to learn and recite every word of the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book. He is one of a dozen Muslim boys who have left conventional junior and senior high schools for a period of time to attend the intensive Qur’an school Darul Arqam Center For Excellence in Blaine. The parents who founded the Qur’an school say it...
  • Emanuel supports jobs for 'dreamers'

    04/13/2014 8:22:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    FOX News Chicago ^ | April 12, 2014
    CHICAGO - Mayor Rahm Emanuel is inviting young immigrants in the United States illegally to apply for internships, volunteer positions and summer jobs. Emanuel's office announced Friday that the so-called dreamers are welcome to apply for nearly 23,000 positions. Online: http://www.cityofchicago.org/newamericans
  • Seven years of sex assaults on Lyndhurst girl, year in prison for illegal brother immigrants

    04/12/2014 5:03:09 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Cliffview Pilot (NJ) ^ | April 11, 2014 | By Mary K. Miraglia
    Two Lyndhurst brothers in the U.S. illegally will spend little more than a year in prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl from age 5 to 12. Superior Court Judge Edward A. Jerejian sentenced Mauro Cedeno-Blondet, 53, and Gustavo Cedeno-Blondet, 55, to three years in state prison each. But because they’ve been behind bars for 691 days, they get nearly two years of jail credit. They will then be deported back to Ecuador. The Cedeno-Blondets will serve their time in general population because neither qualifies for sex offender treatment at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel, the...