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  • Patty Murray Should Be the Next Senate Minority Leader

    03/29/2015 4:36:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    Slate Magazine ^ | March 29, 2015
    ... Warren is best where she is: a valuable and influential senator who pressures the party from the left. No, it doesn’t come with a title, but it isn’t a small thing. In his eight years in the Senate, South Carolina’s former Sen. Jim DeMint was hugely powerful as an ideological leader, using his base in the conservative movement—and later, the Tea Party—to pull Republicans to the right during the 2012 presidential election. He enforced ideological discipline, and it worked. Warren doesn’t have to lead the Democrats—or run for president—to make the party more liberal. She can build power from...
  • Undocumented immigrants should be able to be licensed drivers

    03/29/2015 4:22:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | March 29, 2015 | Editorial Board
    Driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants are under discussion at the Minnesota Legislature — again. Previous attempts to allow the undocumented to drive legally have failed, but this year the measure should pass. As public safety officials have argued for years, the change would make roads safer. Opponents of the proposal say that the licenses would enable voter fraud, cause homeland security risks and reward those who have already broken immigration law. However, in this case public safety interests trump other concerns. The driver’s license dilemma is yet another result of America’s broken, outdated, schizophrenic immigration policies. The honest reality is...
  • French local elections: Exit polls suggest Conservative win

    03/29/2015 4:05:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 29, 2015
    France's Conservative UMP Party and its allies appear to have come first in the final round of departmental elections. The UMP, led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy, appeared set to secure at least 65 local councils, exit polls suggested, up from 41. Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front also appeared to have made gains, while the ruling Socialists and their allies may lose about 30 departments. These elections are seen as a test case ahead of 2017's presidential election. French Prime Minister Manual Valls admitted it was "incontestable" that the Socialist Party had lost ground.
  • Obama Golfs With Big Money, Oil Moguls in Florida

    03/29/2015 9:47:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 29, 2015 | By JOSH LEDERMAN
    President Barack Obama is teeing off in Florida with a trio of oil and private equity moguls. Obama was joined for his round of golf Sunday by Jim Crane, who owns the Floridian. Crane is a major Democratic donor who also golfed with Obama and Tiger Woods in 2013. Also in Obama's foursome is Milton Carroll. He's on the board of directors of Halliburton, the oil company closely associated with former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney.
  • Atlantic City Girl Meets President Obama: 'See Ya Sparkle!'

    03/29/2015 9:32:28 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    NBC 10 Philadelphia ^ | March 28, 2015 | By Alison Burdo
    A New Jersey girl had a once in a lifetime thrill this week when she went to the White House to meet President Barack Obama and even had a chance to sit in his chair in the Oval Office. "I'm trying to be a community organizer," Sparkle Prevard, of Atlantic City, told Obama. Prevard visited Washington D.C. with several other young women who were all named Youth of the Year winners. The South Jersey teen, who graduated from Atlantic City High School, plans to attend Richard Stockton State College in the fall, according to the Boys & Girls Club in...
  • Former intelligence official: Obama’s Middle East policy is ‘willful ignorance’

    03/29/2015 9:19:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | By Josh Hicks
    The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency on Sunday described President Obama's Middle East policy as one of "willful ignorance," saying the administration needs a clearer strategy for dealing with conflicts emerging across the region. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that recent developments in the Middle East are moving in a bad direction for the United States, with Iran "clearly on the march" to influence events in a "regional sectarian war." “At the end of the day, we have just this incredible policy confusion — never mind what our strategy is to...
  • Oakland Kids Get A Raise From The New Minimum Wage

    03/29/2015 8:41:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    NPR ^ | March 25, 2015 | by SAVANNAH ROBINSON
    Eighteen-year-old Alicia Donaldson works at a busy McDonald's in East Oakland. Her job is more complicated than anyone might think. "When you do the grill and the chicken by yourself, it's not easy," she admits. "You have to put down the meat on the grill, and then put chicken in the grease. People get burned a lot." That's a lot of pain for only $9 an hour. Today it's still hard work, but now Alicia is making $12.25 instead. "When I worked 56 hours my check was about $480," she remembers. This month the highest minimum wage in the nation...
  • Arab League agrees to create joint military force

    03/29/2015 6:51:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 29, 2015
    The heads of Arab League countries meeting in Egypt have agreed to create a joint Arab military force. The League has been meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh amid a crisis in Yemen and the threat of jihadists who have made major gains in Iraq, Syria and Libya. However, establishing the make-up and remit of the force could take months, analysts say. A 10-nation, Saudi-led coalition is currently carrying out air strikes against rebels in Yemen.
  • Conspiracy to discredit Islam in Middle East cause of concern: Lodhi

    03/29/2015 6:19:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Pakistan Today ^ | March 29, 2015
    Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi said on Saturday the conspiracy to discredit Islam in the Middle East was a cause of concern. Dr Lodhi emphasised that the security and sovereignty of all countries should be respected. She added that Islam teaches love, brotherhood, tolerance and humanity. According to Dr Lodhi, the UN Security Council can contribute to restoring peace and defeating extremist and violent groups by helping to evolve a global consensus on the principles and structure for the solution of the challenges confronted in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Palestine.
  • Why I converted to Islam

    03/29/2015 6:04:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 107 replies
    Al Jazeera America ^ | March 29, 2015 | by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    I was born Lew Alcindor. Now I’m Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The transition from Lew to Kareem was not merely a change in celebrity brand name — like Sean Combs to Puff Daddy to Diddy to P. Diddy — but a transformation of heart, mind and soul. I used to be Lew Alcindor, the pale reflection of what white America expected of me. Now I’m Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the manifestation of my African history, culture and beliefs. For most people, converting from one religion to another is a private matter requiring intense scrutiny of one’s conscience. But when you’re famous, it becomes a...
  • ‘Just me and Allah': Photographer seeks to capture diversity of Islam

    03/29/2015 5:48:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    PBS ^ | March 28, 2015 | BY ELISABETH PONSOT
    As a child, photographer and editor Samra Habib lived within what she describes as the strict “culture of surveillance” of mainstream Islam. But as she grew into her 20s, Habib began to question her sexuality — as well as her own understanding of what it meant to be Muslim. “There’s a wide range of diversity that exists within Islam,” she said. “The conversations I would have with other queer Muslims, I realized this was a voice that wasn’t being heard.” Inspired by her peers, many of whom attend Unity Mosque, a “human positive” mosque in Toronto, Canada, Habib decided to...
  • Watchdog group questions Cruz appearance at Liberty University

    03/29/2015 5:28:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Lynchburg News and Advance ^ | March 29, 2015 | by Alicia Petska
    The watchdog group Americans United for Separation of Church and State is calling foul on Sen. Ted Cruz’s appearance at Liberty University last week and pointing to it as an example of the need for renewed IRS enforcement. In a letter to the IRS, Americans United said Cruz’s speech at an LU convocation on March 23 amounted to a campaign rally that students had to attend or risk being fined. This is “precisely the sort of activity that should warrant an investigation into the school’s tax status,” reads the letter signed by Americans United Executive Director Barry Lynn. “It sure...
  • Venezuela to Present Anti-US Petition at Summit With Obama

    03/27/2015 4:53:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 27, 2015
    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is readying a gift for President Barack Obama when the two leaders cross paths at a regional summit next month: a petition containing millions of signatures denouncing U.S. aggression. For the past week, Venezuelans have been lining up in plazas, government offices and even prisons to add their signatures to a manifesto against the Obama administration's recent decision to sanction seven Venezuelan officials over human rights abuses during anti-government protests.
  • School District Losing Thousands in School Lunch Sales

    03/27/2015 4:36:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    ABC Local News ^ | March 26, 2015
    BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C. -- Thousands of students have now stopped buying lunch each week in County cafeterias. The district says it all started when schools were forced to implement the USDA's Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. It was part of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative to get kids to eat healthier. All of a sudden, kids are pitching pounds of food in the garbage. "I like vegetables too, like I like spinach and potatoes - great - but they just don't have any flavor at all," freshman Aislinn French said. Hundreds of kids have now dropped out of...
  • One of every three Utah farmworkers is an undocumented immigrant

    03/27/2015 4:15:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 27, 2015 | By Lee Davidson
    A new study says that nearly one of every three farmworkers in Utah is an undocumented immigrant. So is one of every six construction workers. The Pew Research Center released a study Thursday that uses U.S. census and other government data to examine labor trends among undocumented workers nationally. It included a variety of state-by-state information. It estimates that 31 percent of the farmworkers in Utah in 2012 were undocumented immigrants, as were 17 percent of all construction workers. Randy Parker, CEO of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, says the numbers are surprising at first, but may be close to...
  • Consumer Sentiment Slips in March on Bad Weather

    03/27/2015 7:57:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 27, 2015 | By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer
    Bad weather and rising gasoline prices pushed U.S. consumer sentiment a bit lower in March. The March drop in confidence was caused entirely by falling confidence among low-income households, which are especially sensitive to high utility bills in the winter. Michigan's Curtin predicted that an improving job market would boost consumer spending the rest of the year.
  • Iran May Run Centrifuges at Fortified Site, AP Reports

    03/26/2015 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 26, 2015 | By GEORGE JAHN and MATTHEW LEE
    The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. The trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to international inspections, according to Western officials familiar with details of negotiations now underway. In return, Iran would be required to scale back the...
  • Mental Exam Ordered for Man Accused in Workplace Beheading

    03/26/2015 6:45:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 26, 2015
    <p>A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant in Oklahoma.</p> <p>The Oklahoman reports that defense attorneys for Alton Alexander Nolen requested the evaluation. Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley approved their request, and her order was filed Wednesday.</p>
  • French Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Appeared to Want to 'Destroy the Plane'

    03/26/2015 4:59:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 26, 2015
    PARIS — French prosecutor: Germanwings co-pilot appeared to want to 'destroy the plane' .
  • China says to deepen and widen mutual beneficial ties with Iraq

    03/23/2015 4:33:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer
    Xinhua News (China) ^ | March 23, 2015
    BAGHDAD -- China is willing to further widen and deepen mutual beneficial cooperation with Iraq in all fields and actively participate in its reconstruction, said Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi. Yang made the remarks on his visit to Baghdad on Sunday when meeting with Iraqi President Fuad Masum, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri. China firmly supports Iraq in its bid to maintain independence, safeguard sovereign and territorial integrity as well as its efforts for peace and stability in the region, he said. Iraq highly appreciated China's achievement in development and its important role in upholding justice...
  • Imagine President Ted Cruz

    03/23/2015 4:06:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 23, 2015 | Editorial
    “Think just how different the world would be,” said Senator Ted Cruz on Monday, in a speech so packed with vision-spinning and the word “imagine” that it seemed as if John Lennon had returned, as a Hispanic Texan running a hard-right, anti-establishment, Christian-themed campaign for the White House. Weird. But weird is the essence of Mr. Cruz, who is now the first major Republican in the 2016 race. The “imagines” that Mr. Cruz doled out were well chosen for his audience, students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Robust cheers greeted one of the first: “Imagine young people coming out...
  • ‘I Have A Name’ exhibit focuses on journey of undocumented immigrants

    03/23/2015 3:56:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Minnesota Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | By Ibrahim Hirsi
    The traveling “I Have a Name” exhibit that highlights the struggle of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America is scheduled to be on display at the Landmark Center in St. Paul in April. The exhibit is a collection of 30 life-size photos and a booklet detailing the perilous journey each immigrant undertook in search of a better life in the United States. The exhibit aims to restore dignity to the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants nationwide. “‘I Have a Name’ seeks simply to give a few of those immigrants from Mexico and Central America a face, a name, their...
  • Counties, State Mull Health Care for Undocumented Residents

    03/23/2015 3:51:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    California Healthline ^ | March 23, 2015
    Under the Affordable Care Act, undocumented immigrants are not eligible for health care coverage. However, California has taken several steps to provide health coverage to undocumented residents. Immigrants in the state who qualified for Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival initiative are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. In addition, under an executive action by President Obama last year, Medi-Cal coverage could be extended to up to 500,000 undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and who have no record of felony offenses or serious misdemeanors. Further, a bill (SB 1005)...
  • Chinatown businesses, supporters unhappy about impacts of high-speed rail work

    03/23/2015 3:07:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | March 22, 2015 | BY ANDREA CASTILLO
    Around 25 business owners and supporters of Fresno’s Chinatown gathered Sunday afternoon to share their concerns about the imminent high-speed rail construction along Kern and F streets. Chinatown Revitalization Inc. listed many concerns including that Spanish and Chinese speaking business owners have not been notified of the construction. Verta Gonzalez, who runs Floreria Rubi at 1515 Tulare St., said she had no idea about the coming construction. Gonzalez said business owners who speak English perhaps are able to defend themselves better. “It’s like they think Mexicans don’t matter,” she said of the rail authority. Rail authority spokeswoman Lisa Alley said...
  • Drunken man falls from tree, gets impaled on fence and dies

    03/18/2015 3:57:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 18, 2015
    Los Angeles police say a man was killed when he fell out of a tree and impaled himself on the spikes of a metal fence after a night of heavy drinking. The victim appears to have fallen about 20 feet from a tree branch onto the fence. The incident was reported in East Hollywood. The coroner's office identified the victim as 30-year-old Edwin Ochoa. More than a dozen empty beer cans were found around the tree. Local residents tell police the man was known as a heavy drinker.
  • DMV RELEASES STATISTICS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT LICENSES

    03/18/2015 2:13:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    San Diego 6 TV News ^ | March 18, 2015 | By Heidi Kwon
    The California Department of Motor Vehicles Wednesday released the preliminary statistics for Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60) ten weeks after implementation. Under the new law, any eligible California resident is able to apply for a driver's license, regardless of immigration status. The total issued since January 2, 2015 is 166,000. The DMV reports that the approximate number of exams both written and behind-the-wheel administered since Jan. is close to 875,000.
  • Kraft recalls 6.5 million boxes of mac and cheese

    03/17/2015 4:38:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 92 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 17, 2015
    NEW YORK — Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal. The boxes have "best when used by" dates ranging from Sept. 18, 2015 through Oct. 11, 2015 and are marked with the code "C2." They were sold throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and in some countries in the Caribbean and South America.
  • UC Berkeley black students demand fixes to 'hostile’ climate

    03/17/2015 4:34:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Nanette Asimov
    Black students at UC Berkeley often feel isolated and even oppressed, says a campus group that wants the nation’s premier public university to step up recruitment of African American students and improve support for them. So the Black Student Union hammered out 10 demands, delivered them to the chancellor, and set a deadline to meet them. The demands include renaming a building after Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther and the first woman on the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists. To the students, Shakur is no terrorist. She’s a victim and ally who gives voice to their pain. The...
  • Most N.Y. Marketplace Plans Lack Any Coverage For Out-Of-Network Care

    03/17/2015 3:41:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Michelle Andrews
    More than a dozen insurers offer plans on the New York health insurance marketplace. But despite being spoiled for choice in many ways, there’s one popular feature that most New Yorkers can’t find in any of the health plans offered on their state exchange: out-of-network coverage. Except for offerings by a few insurers in far western New York and the Albany area, the only options available elsewhere in the state, including the entire New York City metro area, are plans that cover care provided only by doctors and hospitals in the plan’s network. People who go out of network for...
  • Wasserman-Schultz to Seek Re-Election; Won't Run for Senate

    03/17/2015 2:29:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 17, 2015
    Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz will seek a seventh term in the House instead of running for Senate, a spokesman said Tuesday. The announcement ends speculation that she would run for the seat now held by Sen. Marco Rubio if he gives it up to run for president. Wasserman-Schultz believes she can be more effective in her current seat and wants to use her position as DNC chair to elect a Democratic president next year, spokesman Sean Bartlett said. She is in a safe Democratic district that includes parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
  • MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show Delivers Under 100,000 Adults 25-54 Viewers on Friday, March 13

    03/17/2015 2:24:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    TV By The Numbers ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Sara Bibel
    MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show averaged 96,000 adults 25-54 viewers on Friday, March 13 and 731,000 total viewers. It was the second time this year the show delivered under 100,000 adults 25-54 viewers and ranked as the program's seventh lowest rated performance in its six-and-a-half year run among adults 25-54. FNC's The Kelly File was the top rated cable news program at 9PM (1,898,000, +286,000 in 25-54) beating its two major competitors.
  • Say goodbye to employer-provided health insurance

    03/17/2015 2:14:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Richard Eisenberg
    Could employer-provided health insurance be going the way of employer-sponsored pension plans? Rick Lindquist, president of Zane Benefits, which specializes in individual health insurance reimbursement for small businesses, says: Not only could it happen; it’s happening already. Lindquist and Paul Zane Pilzer (who founded Zane Benefits), argue that case in their new book, “The End of Employer-Provided Health Insurance.” As surprising as you may find the title, get a load of its subtitle: “Why It’s Good for You, Your Family and Your Company.” Lindquist and Pilzer’s company stands to profit if employers shift from traditional health insurance and toward their...
  • Israeli Voting Ends in Deadlock

    03/17/2015 1:21:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 80 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 17, 2015 | By DANIEL ESTRIN, AP
    Voting in Israel's national election has ended, with exit polls showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a virtual tie with a center-left challenger. Exit polls conducted by the country's three major TV stations late Tuesday gave mixed results, showing an extremely tight race between Netanyahu's Likud Party and opposition leader Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union.
  • How Hillary Clinton and Her Team Decided to Throw Out 31,830 Emails

    03/12/2015 3:08:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 12, 2015 | By LIZ KREUTZ and SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    ... Here is a summary of how Clinton’s attorneys, who were tasked with the job, said they sorted through: First, a search was done of all emails Clinton received from a .gov or state.gov account during the period she was secretary of state -- from 2007 to 2013. Then, with the remaining emails, a search was done for names of 100 State Department and other U.S. government officials who Clinton may have had correspondence with during her tenure. Next, the emails were organized and reviewed by sender and recipient to “account for non-obvious or non-recognizable email addresses or misspellings or...
  • American Health Worker Diagnosed With Ebola in Sierra Leone Headed to NIH

    03/12/2015 3:03:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 12, 2015 | By SYDNEY LUPKIN
    An American health worker volunteering in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with the deadly virus and will be headed to the United States for treatment, according to the National Institutes of Health. The patient, who has not been identified, will be isolated and flown to the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit in Maryland, which is one of four hospitals in the country with isolation units prepared for Ebola patients. This will be the NIH's second Ebola patient. The patient is scheduled to be admitted on Friday, officials said.
  • Signups by undocumented immigrant drivers may explain 30% boost in organ donations

    03/12/2015 8:37:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | March 12, 2015 | BY BARBARA ANDERSON
    The California law allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses may have an unexpected benefit for thousands of people waiting for organ transplants statewide. The California Transplant Donor Network says undocumented immigrants may have caused a 30% spike in the state’s organ and tissue donor registrations so far this year. The immigrant drivers, many of whom are from Mexico, also could boost numbers of Hispanics on the donor registry who are more likely to match with Hispanics waiting for transplants, the network says.
  • Retail sales slide for third month in a row

    03/12/2015 6:47:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 12, 2015 | by Jeffry Bartash
    Sales at U.S. retailers fell in February for the third month in a row, as most stores fared poorly with the notable exception of gasoline stations. Retail sales, which account for about one-third of consumer spending, fell 0.6% last month, following even larger declines in January and December, the government reported Thursday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a 0.3% gain. Poor weather was almost certainly a factor. A series of snow storms wracked the eastern half of the country in February, making it harder for Americans to move around. Sales even sank 0.6% at restaurants and bars, marking the...
  • Missouri Appeals Judge Appointed to Take Over Ferguson Court

    03/09/2015 5:22:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 9, 2015 | By DAVID A. LIEB
    A Missouri appeals court judge was appointed Monday to take over Ferguson's municipal court and make "needed reforms" after a highly critical U.S. Department of Justice report that was prompted by the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. The Missouri Supreme Court said it is assigning state appeals Judge Roy Richter to hear all of Ferguson's pending and future municipal court cases. The high court said Richter also will have the authority to overhaul court policies to ensure defendants' rights are respected and to "restore the integrity of the system." Ferguson Municipal Judge Ronald J. Brockmeyer resigned Monday, saying through...
  • University of California plans to limit resident enrollment

    03/09/2015 5:00:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 6, 2015 | BY ALEXEI KOSEFF
    The standoff between state officials and the University of California over its finances and admissions policy grew tense Tuesday as the university threatened to limit enrollment of California students next year unless it receives more money from the state. UC President Janet Napolitano told an Assembly budget subcommittee that the university will cap in-state enrollment at current levels while continuing to increase the number of nonresident students. “We will not not be admitting students that we don’t know that we actually have funding for,” Napolitano said. UC will still increase the number of out-of-state and international students by up to...
  • Why do Chinese mothers look to So. Cal. – specifically Irvine – for birth tourism?

    03/09/2015 2:48:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Orange County Register (CA) ^ | March 9, 2015 | BY ROXANA KOPETMAN
    FULL TITLE: Why do Chinese mothers look to Southern California – specifically Irvine – for birth tourism? It's more than just baby's U.S. citizenship. Southern California has cinematic, year-round sunshine – which beats New York, where snow “is not suitable” for traveling pregnant women. A large Chinese community is here to welcome you. And Irvine, the affluent planned community in the heart of Orange County, is a safe urban environment. If you’re wealthy and Chinese and want to have an American baby, that’s the pitch you’ll hear from the operators of You Win USA Vacation Resort, one of three companies...
  • Lawmakers outraged over American flag ban at UC campus

    03/09/2015 2:36:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 9, 2015 | By Melody Gutierrez
    State Republican lawmakers said they will introduce a constitutional amendment that would prohibit state funded colleges and universities from banning the American flag on campuses, a move that comes a week after a student government council at UC Irvine banned the flag from being displayed in a school lobby. UC Irvine’s broader student government body vetoed the controversial measure on Saturday. But, Sen. Janet Nguyen and fellow Republicans said they will move forward with the constitutional amendment. Nguyen and her family fled Vietnam as refugees, which Reeder said made the issue of banning the American flag personal. “For her it’s...
  • UN Chief Urges Equality for Women by 2030, Says Men Are Key

    03/09/2015 1:17:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 9, 2015
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is challenging all governments to reach the goal of equality for women by the year 2030, saying the key is getting men to change their "mindsets." Twenty years after 189 nations adopted a platform to achieve equality for women at a groundbreaking U.N. conference, the secretary-general said progress is too slow "and our gains are not irreversible."
  • U.S. stocks retreat from records after Netanyahu speech

    03/03/2015 10:30:49 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Market Watch ^ | March 3, 2015 | By Anora Mahmudova and Victor Reklaitis
    U.S. stocks pulled back Tuesday, retreating from all-time highs and the psychologically significant 5,000 level for the Nasdaq Composite reached during the previous session. In the absence of major economic reports, investors turned their attention to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to U.S. Congress. Netanyahu criticized the White House’s attempts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, saying it was a “bad deal.” The speech reminded investors of potential geopolitical risks abroad. But indexes have since come off their lows.
  • 'Knives are out': Hawaii Dem faces backlash for taking on Obama over 'Islamist' extremism

    02/28/2015 4:46:49 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 28, 2015 | By Malia Zimmerman
    She was Hawaii's golden girl after winning a seat in Congress with support from top liberal groups, but now that Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been critical of President Obama, her political reputation in the bluest of blue states is taking a hit. That isn’t stopping the twice-deployed 33-year-old Army veteran from continuing to challenge the president, her home state's favorite son, over his refusal to identify terror groups like the Islamic State as driven by "radical Islam.” “Every soldier knows this simple fact: If you don't know your enemy, you will not be able to defeat him,” Gabbard told...
  • Your life, your climate agreement

    02/21/2015 9:01:26 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 21, 2015 | by Michael Møller
    Climate change is a threat to our very existence. Wherever we live and whatever we do. We all contribute to it. And we all have a responsibility to do something about it. But there is hope. Last week at the Geneva Climate Change Talks, 194 countries came together and agreed on a negotiating text as the basis for the final agreement they hope to reach at the Paris Climate Summit in December. Every country's position has been included. A good foundation for a collective global pledge to confront the threat to our future. It is about your life. Let's help...
  • District 303 considers opting high schools from federal lunch program

    02/21/2015 8:51:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 20, 2015 | By Marwa Eltagouri
    St. Charles District 303 is considering opting its high schools out of the National School Lunch Program to give its students more flexible and better-tasting food options. However, the district would have to forfeit about $500,000 in federal support to do so. Students haven't just vocally grumbled about the new options available under the federal program, but have voted against the program with their dollars, too. A la carte purchases have dropped steadily in the last year. District officials project a 41 percent decline in a la carte items sold by the end of the 2014-15 school year compared to...
  • Feasibility of U.S. plan to retake Mosul from Islamic State uncertain

    02/21/2015 8:44:17 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 21, 2015 | By W.J. HENNIGAN
    The Pentagon plan for a major ground assault to retake the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from Islamic State is bold, ambitious — and perplexing. And there is no question that a successful U.S.-backed assault with 20,000 to 25,000 Iraqi and Kurdish troops on a major urban center, should it occur, would mark a turning point in a shadowy war that has been largely limited to airstrikes and small skirmishes deep in the desert. Whether the military blueprint is feasible is far from certain, however. Any attempt to retake the city now probably would require house-to-house fighting and U.S. air...
  • This winter has been rather warm. Really.

    02/20/2015 8:15:05 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 20, 2015 | By Silvia Ascarelli
    Boston is running out of room to dump snow. Niagara Falls has partially froze. Flint, Mich., has tied its all-time low of minus-25 degrees on Friday. The New York area had real-feel temperatures of well below zero on Thursday night and into the Friday morning commute. As for the day’s highs, temperatures on Friday will be 10 degrees to 25 degrees below normal from Maine to Florida. But overall, it’s been the sixth-warmest winter on record in the U.S. and the warmest since 2012, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Globally, temperatures on land and well as for...
  • Bill allowing undocumented immigrants to teach passes first test

    02/19/2015 4:29:15 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | February 19, 2015
    CARSON CITY, NEV. – A bill that would make it easier for immigrants with temporary legal status to get a Nevada teaching license has passed its first legislative hurdle. The bill could affect students who have work permits also known as DACA recipients or DREAMers. Existing law allows the state superintendent to give a teaching license to someone who is not a citizen but has a work permit only if there's a teacher shortage for a subject the person can teach. Otherwise, applicants must be a citizen or legal resident. The bill would allow those immigrants to get a teaching...
  • Obamacare Enrollment Ended Sunday. Except It Didn't

    02/19/2015 4:20:58 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 19, 2015 | by Jeffrey Young
    The second year of Obamacare enrollment just ended. Or did it? The Department of Health and Human Services has hinted it might reopen enrollment on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges in 37 states around the tax filing deadline April 15, with the aim of enrolling people who learn for the first time they owe a fine under the law’s individual mandate to have health coverage. Already, Minnesota, Vermont and Washington have done so, and states including California may do the same.