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  • Reporter flees Argentina after threats in dead prosecutor case

    01/25/2015 6:49:55 PM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Jan 25, 2015
    A reporter who broke the story that an Argentine prosecutor was found dead shortly before he was about to make explosive allegations about President Cristina Kirchner fled Argentina on Sunday after threats. -excerpt- A citizen of Argentina and Israel, he worked for the English-language Buenos Aires Herald. Pachter fled Argentina after receiving threats, and being followed, he told colleagues in other media. The reporter, who also worked with Israel's Haaretz, told colleagues his phones had been tapped in Argentina.
  • ‘Sex Slave’ Claims Bill Clinton Visited Epstein’s ‘Orgy Island’

    01/25/2015 5:43:02 PM PST · by lbryce · 36 replies
    AP via Fox Nation ^ | January 25, 2015 | Lia Eustachewich, NY Post
    Former President Bill Clinton took a romantic jaunt in 2002 to convicted pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein’s “orgy island” with “two young girls” from New York, according to a shocking new interview. Virginia Roberts, who’s accused Epstein of turning her into a “sex slave” at age 17 and forcing her to sleep with his powerful friends, claimed Clinton stayed in one of the many villas on Epstein’s US Virgin Islands estate — where group sex was a “regular occurrence.” “I remember asking Jeffrey, ‘What’s Bill Clinton doing here?’ kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said, ‘Well, he owes...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Donald Sloat ~ January 26, 2015

    01/25/2015 5:00:19 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 36 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
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  • Obamacare recipients must deal with IRS this tax season (Pelosi knew)

    01/25/2015 4:36:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Daily Democrat ^ | 1/24/15 | Tracy Seipel
    More than a million Californians benefitted from federally subsidized health insurance in 2014 through the nation's health care law. But now the law is about to give many of them a migraine. It's tax season, and for the first time Obamacare is showing up on tax forms. And it's leading to confusion and angst over new rules and their impact on taxpayers' pocketbooks. That's because taxpayers must now reconcile the subsidy they received with the income they estimated they would earn last year. In addition, people who ignored the Affordable Care Act's requirement to obtain health insurance in 2014 now...
  • 30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels

    01/25/2015 4:26:01 PM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 25 2015 | AP
    MANILA, Philippines – More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents Sunday in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Philippine forces in many years, officials said.
  • Charles Koch: We’re just getting started ('Left-eye' Reid deeply saddened)

    01/25/2015 3:46:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/24/15 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Charles Koch on Saturday signaled to hundreds of donors, operatives and conservative leaders gathered in the California desert that the political operation he and his brother David created was just getting started. “Americans have taken an important step in slowing down the march toward collectivism,” Charles Koch said in his speech, seemingly in reference to the Republican takeover of the Senate during the 2014 midterm elections. “But as many of you know, we don’t rest on our laurels. We are already back at work and hard at it! In fact, the work never really ends. Because the struggle for freedom...
  • Democrats jockeying behind the scenes to replace Speaker Sheldon Silver in New York Assembly

    01/25/2015 3:01:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/25/15 | Kenneth Lovett
    ALBANY — The early jockeying to possibly replace embattled Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has already begun, the Daily News has learned. A state assemblyman from the city said he has received calls directly from Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, and surrogates of Assemblyman Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and Keith Wright (D-Manhattan) in recent days to gauge his feelings on the uncertainty in the chamber. None of the three directly told the assemblyman that they were looking to topple Silver. Morelle did say he'd be interested in being a candidate for the speaker position should Silver step down or be pushed out...
  • North Korea slams 'loser' Obama for regime collapse remark

    01/25/2015 1:22:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 1/25/15
    North Korea Sunday described US President Barack Obama as a "loser" over his criticism on its regime, accusing him of being obsessed with hostility towards Pyongyang. The comment from the North's foreign ministry came after Obama spoke of the eventual collapse of the regime ruling what he called "the most isolated, the most sanctioned, the most cut-off nation on Earth". "We will keep on ratcheting the pressure, but part of what's happening is... the Internet over time is going to be penetrating this country," Obama said in an interview on YouTube from the White House last week.
  • 'There appear to be no rules anymore.' What Boehner's invitation to Netanyahu says about DC mess.

    01/25/2015 12:26:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 25, 2015 | David Rogers
    Soon after becoming House Speaker in 2011, Republican John Boehner started running the traps on inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint meeting of Congress. But when Barry Jackson, then Boehner’s chief-of-staff, checked with President Barack Obama’s top advisers, Jackson said he was left waiting a month only to get no response. Ultimately the Netanyahu speech went ahead in May but soon after Jackson faced the opposite problem: the White House had promised South Korea’s leadership an appearance before Congress, he said, without checking first with the speaker. None of these slights justify what seems like...
  • Palin says she’s ‘seriously interested’ in 2016 campaign

    01/25/2015 8:42:00 AM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2015 | Robert Cosa
    Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told The Washington Post in an interview Friday that she is “seriously interested” in running for the White House in 2016. “You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested,” Palin said, when asked to clarify her thinking about a possible presidential bid. Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee, said she stood by comments she made Thursday in Las Vegas to ABC News, where she first expressed enthusiasm about potentially competing for the Republican presidential nomination.
  • Top State Dept Official: ‘Nothing religious’ About Islamic State Execution

    01/25/2015 7:43:10 AM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 24, 2015 | Rick Stengel
    A senior State Department official on Saturday claimed that there is “nothing religious” about the Islamic State’s reported execution of a Japanese hostage. Rick Stengel, an under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, took to Twitter to condemn the killing of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa, who has been held for ransom by the terror group along with Japanese freelance reporter Kenji Goto. “Brutal criminal murder of Japanese citizen #Haruna Yukawa by the terrorist group #Daesh,” Stengel tweeted after IS released video of the killing. “Nothing religious about it.” Stengel’s apparent refusal to acknowledge that IS’s radical Islamic...
  • (Exempt) Joe Biden to doctors: 'You've changed the mindset'

    01/25/2015 7:30:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    OC Register ^ | 1/24/15 | AARON ORLOWSKI
    **SNIP** In years past, health ills such as infections picked up at the hospital during treatment were just considered the cost of doing business, Biden said. But then people like the founders of the Patient Safety Movement decided these sorts of infections and deaths didn’t have to be. They spoke out. “You’ve broken down the silence,” Biden told the several hundred doctors, hospital administrators and patient advocates attending. He added: “You’ve changed the vocabulary. You’ve changed the mindset when it comes to preventable deaths.” Hospital-acquired infections declined by 17 percent from 2010 to 2013, resulting in 50,000 lives saved and...
  • Vermont's deal with health expert Jonathan Gruber under scrutiny

    01/25/2015 6:52:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Bennington Banner ^ | 1/23/15 | Dave Gram
    MONTPELIER (AP) >> Vermont is applying a fresh round of scrutiny to its contract with Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who got into hot water for talking about what he called "the stupidity of the American voter." Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer has been reviewing the contract under which Gruber got paid $500 an hour and his assistants got $100 per hour. Hoffer said Friday Gruber provided insufficient documentation to support his invoices to the state. Hoffer said officials in Gov. Peter Shumlin's administration had been in close touch with Gruber throughout his work, but that...
  • ‘Reformer’? Late King Abdullah may have kept four daughters captive for talking about women’s rights

    01/25/2015 6:08:12 AM PST · by canuck_conservative · 18 replies
    National Post [Canada] / WashPost ^ | Saturday, January 24, 2015 | Ishaan Tharoor
    ...Abdullah, like other Saudi royals, had numerous wives — at least seven, and perhaps as many as 30. He had at least 15 daughters. Four of them, according to news reports, live under house arrest.... Fayez claims her daughters’ supposed incarceration, which has gone on for some 13 years, was both a mark of Abdullah’s vindictive streak and intolerance of his daughters’ modern, independent upbringing. She says the four have been locked away for more than a decade, subject to abuse and deprivation. Last year, various news stations managed to reach Sahar, 42, and Jawaher, 38, who live in a...
  • Barack Obama (& the Mooch) pays floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi

    01/25/2015 5:00:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    IBN Live.in ^ | 1/25/15
    New Delhi: US President Barack Obama, who has often talked about the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on his life, on Sunday paid homage to the 'apostle of peace' at Rajghat soon after his arrival on a three-day visit. Obama placed a wreath at Gandhi's memorial and bowed before the Samadhi with folded hands. He went straight to Rajghat from the ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. During his last visit in 2012 too, he had paid tributes to Gandhi at the memorial. The American President was presented a replica of Gandhi's famous 'charkha' by the officials of the memorial. Obama...
  • Scott Walker takes Iowa by storm

    01/25/2015 4:57:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2015 | Cameron Joseph
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Scott Walker’s stock is soaring after a triumphant return to Iowa. The Wisconsin Republican governor delivered a pitch-perfect speech to a room packed with influential Hawkeye State conservatives on Saturday, walking them through his robust resume and ideology with a passion that surprised many. Activists say Walker came out on top after 10 hours of candidate speeches. “It was a clear Walker victory. He had expectations coming in here, he was on everyone's shortlist and he had to meet those expectations and I thought he far exceeded them,” said former Iowa Republican Party political director Craig...
  • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's arrest is blow to progressive activists (& other crooks)

    01/25/2015 4:45:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/24/15 | Kenneth Lovett, Glenn Blain
    ALBANY — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest was a blow to the gut of the progressive activists who viewed the powerful Manhattan Democrat as their champion. Advocates on issues ranging from rent control to abortion rights have been left wondering whether Silver can still wield the clout they’ve come to expect over two decades. “I am very much concerned,” said Michael McKee, treasurer of the Tenants Political Action Committee. “He is the only one of the three men in a room who would be inclined to hold out for something better on rent regulations,” McKee said. Silver’s arrest on bribery...
  • RED ARMY NOW IS FOUR MILES FROM BRESLAU; GERMANS JAM ROADS EAST FROM RHINELAND (1/25/45)

    01/25/2015 4:30:27 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 11 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 1/25/45 | Clifton Daniel, George E. Jones, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Obama, Clinton tensions build over email lists ahead of 2016

    01/24/2015 9:29:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/24/15 | Amie Parnes, Niall Stanage
    New tensions are emerging in the relationship between allies of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. At issue is the fate of the political equivalent of gold dust — the enormous email list, comprised of many millions of supporters and donors, that the Obama team has compiled over the course of his two presidential campaigns. The Clinton camp would dearly love to get its hands on the list, but there is no promise as yet that the president’s aides will comply. There are “large concerns” about the lists among Clinton supporters, one Hillary ally told The Hill. To the Clintons and...
  • Is this Alexander Litvinenko's beyond the grave attack on Putin?

    01/24/2015 7:24:02 PM PST · by No One Special · 10 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | January 23, 2015 | Lyndsey Telford, Edward Malnick and Claire Newell
    A tape apparently recorded by murdered Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko a year before he was poisoned has revealed he was digging up links between Vladimir Putin and one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists. A Telegraph investigation uncovered the audio recording, in which the dissident claims from beyond the grave that Russia’s president had a “good relationship” with Semion Mogilevich - a Ukrainian crime boss who was on the FBI's most wanted list and whom Mr Litvinenko believed was selling weapons to al-Qaeda. The apparent recording of Mr Litvinenko is published for the first time ahead of a public inquiry...
  • Rupert Murdoch Rips "Hollywood Leftists" Over 'American Sniper'

    01/24/2015 5:53:38 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 23, 2015 | By THR Staff
    Rupert Murdoch says he's a huge fan of American Sniper, and anyone who thinks otherwise -- "Hollywood leftists" in particular -- are completely out of touch with America. Murdoch just weighed in on the left vs. right controversy surrounding the film, after Seth Rogen and Michael Moore both initially appeared to criticize American Sniper on Twitter, sparking a national debate in the process. The mogul, who owns 20th Century Fox movie studios and routinely takes to Twitter to praise Fox films, offered his support for the Clint Eastwood film, which was released by rival Warner Bros. Murdoch wrote on Twitter,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THE GREATEST ~ 25 January 2015

    01/24/2015 5:03:33 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 90 replies
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  • Palin: 'Screw the Hollywood left'

    01/24/2015 4:10:30 PM PST · by jazusamo · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2014 | Jessica Taylor
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) lambasted Hollywood liberals in a rambling speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday. The party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, who said this week she’s “ interested” in a presidential bid, took the stage with to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” feeding off the energy of the crowd as she jumped from conservative topic to topic. Her speech was replete with memories of her own trips to Iowa, but she also focused on one recent controversy — defending criticism over the country’s top-grossing movie, “American Sniper.” Palin detailed how she and her family were...
  • Where’s The Outrage? President Obama Calls Being Gay ‘A Lifestyle Choice’

    01/24/2015 4:07:54 PM PST · by lbryce · 39 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | January 22, 2015 | Staff
    President Obama: “I will tell you peoples’ hearts have opened up on this issue, I think people know that treating folks unfairly, even if you disagree with their lifestyle choice, the fact of the matter is they’re not bothering you. Let them live their lives and under the law they should be treated equally." You Tube Interview With President GayLove
  • Ted Cruz Just Launched His Iowa Campaign

    01/24/2015 3:51:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 205 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 24, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Shane Goldmacher
    The Texas conservative and his team are trying to lock down a state director for his White House run.DES MOINES -- Ted Cruz's presidential campaign​ in Iowa is unofficially underway. The Texas senator and his lieutenants have been making calls to top Iowa activists and consultants for the past two weeks, multiple Republican sources told National Journal, hoping to lock down a state director for his White House campaign. Cruz has not yet made that critical hire, the sources said. But he's making other moves in this first nominating state. At the end of a fiery speech here Saturday to...
  • Scott Walker Goes Big and Bold at Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/24/2015 3:23:59 PM PST · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jan 2015 | Dan Riehl
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker eschewed the podium at Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit, opting to use the full stage to work the room with an incredibly high-energy speech that repeatedly stressed the themes of “common sense conservative reform” and the GOP’s need to “go big and go bold” if they want to win in American politics today. Walker ended by telling Iowans, “I’m going to come back many more times in the future” and pointed to a broader American revival similar to the one he said he’s led in Wisconsin. This seemed to be a clear sign that Walker intends to...
  • RUSSIANS REACH THE ODER ON 37-MILE FRONT, FLANK SILESIAN MINES, SQUEEZE EAST PRUSSIA (1/24/45)

    01/24/2015 4:25:32 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 24 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 1/24/45 | W.H. Lawrence, Clifton Daniel, Richard J.H. Johnston, George E. Jones, Robert Trumbull, Arthur Krock
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  • As Euro Slides, Strategists Cut Forecasts

    01/24/2015 3:51:11 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 Jan 15 | Tommy Stubbington and James Ramage
    Rip up your euro forecasts. A day after the European Central Bank unveiled its bond-buying program, the single currency still was in free fall, blowing past analysts’ expectations for how low the euro can go. Some investors now say the euro could fall to the point where it is on equal footing with the U.S. dollar for the first time since it climbed above the buck in late 2002. “If you would have asked me a few months ago, I would’ve said that parity could be in the cards in the years ahead. Now, we can’t rule it out anymore...
  • Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia for King Abdullah's funeral (by skipping Taj Mahal visit)

    01/24/2015 3:05:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    President Obama will forego a visit to the Taj Mahal during his visit to India in order to travel to Saudi Arabia for King Abdullah’s funeral, the White House announced early Saturday morning. Vice President Biden was initially scheduled to lead the U.S. delegation, but he will instead now remain in Washington and Obama will add the stop onto his return from India, where the president is embarking on a three-day trip to foster economic ties with the nation. “President Obama and the First Lady will travel to Riyadh on Tuesday, January 27 in order to pay respects to King...
  • Obama cancels Taj Mahal visit: Indian media (put the spit back)

    01/24/2015 2:21:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 1/24/15
    **SNIP** In an interview published Friday, Obama said "the stars are aligned" to enable the United States and India to forge a global partnership. The cancellation of the Taj Mahal visit would deprive the country's top tourist attraction of publicity at a time when the government is trying to boost visitor numbers. Twitter users rushed to thank the president for orchestrating a clean-up of the mausoleum in the town of Agra, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved empress who died during childbirth in 1631. "It was just Obama's clever plan to get Agra cleaned up. Thank you...
  • Exclusive: CIA’s Top Spy Steps Down

    01/23/2015 10:29:13 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 23, 2015 | By Shane Harris
    The director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, the storied home of the agency’s most secretive intelligence operations, has announced that he plans to retire, The Daily Beast has learned. CIA spokesman Dean Boyd confirmed that the director announced his retirement “after a long and distinguished career at CIA. We thank him for this profound and lasting contributions to both CIA and to our nation’s security.” As a practice, the CIA doesn’t identify the head of the clandestine service by name. But Frank Archibald was outed in a Twitter post in 2013, and details of his biography were known to...
  • NFL adds all-pro lawyer to inquiry into Patriots

    01/23/2015 9:26:48 PM PST · by Colofornian · 111 replies
    BostonHerald.com ^ | Jan. 24, 2015 | Owen Boss
    The NFL is upping the stakes in its probe of the New England Patriots and unleashing one of the country’s top lawyers and a high-powered investigative firm to uncover the truth behind a scandal that has cast a dark cloud over the team as they prepare for the Super Bowl. League officials broke their silence on the Deflategate scandal yesterday, announcing that high-powered white-collar crime lawyer Ted Wells will join NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash on the investigation into whether the Pats knowingly used under-inflated footballs in the American Football Conference championship game. “He is one of the premier...
  • White House: Obama Will Not Meet Netanyahu

    01/23/2015 9:20:06 PM PST · by lbryce · 50 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | January 22, 2015 | Staff
    The White House said Thursday evening that President Barack Obama will not meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu when the Israeli leader visits Washington in early March. The decision, said the White House, is in line with US policy not to meet foreign leaders on dates that are close to national elections in their countries. "The president will not be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu because of the proximity to the Israeli election," said National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan? The date for Prime Minister Netanyahu's address to Congress has been pushed back by a fortnight to March 3, House Speaker...
  • YouTube’s GloZell Green Fires Back at Rob Lowe’s Obama Comments: ‘#StayGoodLooking’

    01/23/2015 8:46:39 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 49 replies
    The WRAP ^ | 1/23/2015 | Alicia Banks
    Don’t come for GloZell Green unless she sends for you. That includes actor Rob Lowe, too. NBC’s former “Parks and Recreation” actor took issue with the viral starlet meeting President Barack Obama this week. “Hold up. Is it true that a woman who eats cereal out of a bathtub gets to meet with the President and the Prime Minister of Isreal does not?” Lowe tweeted Thursday. GloZell had a question of her own for Lowe. She upped the ante by tweeting directly to him. “Hold Up, is this the guy who spelled Israel wrong? @RobLowe #StayGoodLooking xoxo,” she wrote back,...
  • Freeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 24 Jan 2014

    01/23/2015 5:59:15 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 200 replies
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  • Justices to Hear Case on Execution Drugs

    01/23/2015 3:06:45 PM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 23, 2015 | ADAM LIPTAK and ERIK ECKHOLM
    The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide a case on the constitutionality of the new lethal injection drug combinations that some states are using for executions. The court agreed to hear a challenge to Oklahoma’s choice of drugs even though on Jan. 15 the court declined to stay an execution there, using the same contested drugs. In April, Oklahoma botched the execution of Clayton D. Lockett, who appeared to gasp and struggle after the drugs were administered before he finally died in the execution chamber of a heart attack.
  • Fired US McDonald's workers allege racial discrimination

    01/23/2015 2:54:22 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 92 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 23 Jan 15 | AFP Reporter
    A group of former McDonald's workers is suing the fast-food giant in the United States for alleged racial discrimination and sexual harassment after they were fired from several restaurants in Virginia. According to the civil rights complaint filed Thursday, workers at franchised restaurants in the southern state of Virginia were "subjected to rampant racial and sexual harassment, committed by the restaurants' highest-ranking supervisors." The lawsuit potentially has broad implications because it contends that McDonald's is responsible for the well-being of workers at all its restaurants, even if they are franchises. The plaintiffs, nine of whom are black and one...
  • Forecast: 'Sniper' to Easily Fight Off Weak Competition This Weekend

    01/23/2015 1:04:24 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Box Office Mojo ^ | January 22, 2015 | By Ray Subers
    Three new wide releases hit theaters this weekend, though none of them have the slightest chance of taking first place away from American Sniper. Among those new releases, The Boy Next Door seems to have the edge; the Jennifer Lopez thriller should wind up in second place with at least $15 million. Meanwhile, Mortdecai and Strange Magic will likely wind up below $10 million. American Sniper opened to a stunning $89.3 million last weekend, which ranks second all-time for an R-rated movie behind The Matrix Reloaded. It has also held well through the week—its $7.55 million Wednesday haul is very...
  • Keystone debate ends with Democrats' ire

    01/23/2015 1:01:55 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | January 23, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Washington (CNN)Senators worked till midnight on Thursday moving through a series of amendments to a bill that would green-light construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, but Senate Democrats wanted to stay longer. At least, they were frustrated with what they said was a double standard from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who moved to end debate on the bill and set up a final vote next week after tabling a number of Democratic amendments. The Senate had already voted on 15 amendments, 10 of which were offered by Democrats and another five from Republicans. But Democrats cried foul at...
  • In Prelude to 2016, Anti-Clinton Groups Are Just Beginning

    01/23/2015 12:48:25 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 23, 2015 | AMY CHOZICK
    "..........While all politicians endure scrutiny and efforts by the other side to define them, the attacks on Mrs. Clinton often take on a personal tone, which her defenders say is driven by an electorate still coming to terms with the possibility of a female president. ......A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, Kirsten Kukowski, said it is not an “either/or” question of whether to point out scandals from Mrs. Clinton’s early years or her current record and finances. Internal polling has shown, she said, that attacks on Mrs. Clinton’s more recent years resonate more effectively with voters. (The R.N.C. is...
  • Maryland’s Larry Hogan takes office with promise of bipartisanship, conservative agenda

    01/22/2015 9:26:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    At his inauguration as Maryland’s 62nd governor, Republican Larry Hogan promised to usher in an era of bipartisanship and cooperation in a state capital dominated by Democrats, even as he outlined an unabashedly conservative pro-business agenda. “We must get the state government off our backs and out of our pockets so that we can grow the private sector, put people back to work and turn our economy around,” Mr. Hogan said in a speech delivered on the steps of the State House. As he began his speech amid a flurry of snowfall that dusted the crowd, Mr. Hogan with a...
  • Faqih to King Abdullah: Get a grip (King's terror financing, 2010)

    01/23/2015 9:08:30 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie
    Money Jihad ^ | January 17, 2010
    Saudi Arabia’s top auditor, Osama Al Faqih, has presented King Abdullah with a report of “massive abuse of public funds” throughout the kingdom. Faqih cited illegal spending and off-budget expenditures. From Emirates Business 24/7 earlier this week: Saudi Arabia’s top government auditing body has reported massive abuse of public funds in a report presented to King Abdullah to seek his support for an intensifying anti-corruption crackdown in the world’s oil superpower. The General Auditing Bureau (GAB) complained to King Abdullah on Sunday that government offices are involved in illegal spending of public money while some are holding up projects and...
  • UAW may have had international help in Chattanooga ( German union )

    01/22/2015 1:14:53 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Tennessee Watchdog ^ | January 22, 2015 | Chris Butler
    Members of the National Right to Work Foundation believe two German labor groups have failed to completely disclose their full level of involvement in the United Auto Workers’ attempts to set up shop in Chattanooga. As previously reported, the UAW wants to formally establish itself at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. The UAW’s attempts have so far been unsuccessful. VW workers, by a tally of 712-626, for instance, voted in February not to join the UAW. Members of the NRTW represent an unspecified number of VW workers who oppose the union. They say that VW’s Global Works Council and IG Metall, a...
  • PERS points out weaknesses in Nevada think tank’s retirement study

    01/23/2015 7:27:54 AM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | January 22, 2015 - 4:21pmUpdated | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — A retirement system official said Thursday a report showing that some public employees who retire collect more in pension benefits than they did while working was based on less than 2 percent of beneficiaries. The analysis also does not reflect changes to the retirement plan made in 1985 that reduced pension payouts, said Tina Leiss, executive officer of the system. The conclusions in the report issued by the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a conservative think tank based in Las Vegas, do not account for the vast majority of the members and retirees of the Public Employees’ Retirement...
  • Governor: Legalizing pot was bad idea

    01/23/2015 7:13:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 283 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday. Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn’t fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be. If I could've waved a wand the day after the election, I would've reversed the election and said, 'This was a bad idea,’” Hickenlooper said Friday on CNBC's “Squawk Box.” “You don't want to be the first person to do something like this,” he said. He said that he tells other governors to “wait...
  • Five Russians Held In France On Suspicion Of Plotting Attack

    01/20/2015 6:53:54 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 36 replies
    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty ^ | jan 20, 2014 | Staff
    Prosecutors in southern France say five Russians from the Chechnya region have been detained on suspicion of preparing an attack. Local prosecutor Yvon Calvet said the suspects were detained January 19 in the town of Beziers near the Mediterranean coast, around 70 kilometers from Montpellier. French media reports say the five are also suspected of hiding a cache of explosives that was found near a stadium in Beziers
  • RUSSIANS SWEEP ON, NOW 150 MILES FROM BERLIN; U.S. FLIERS HIT 3,000 VEHICLES ON WEST FRONT (1/23/45)

    01/23/2015 4:30:33 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 13 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 1/23/45 | Clifton Daniel, George E. Jones, Robert Trumbull, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Netanyahu Can Win Reelection by Fighting Corruption

    01/23/2015 3:52:58 AM PST · by Truth29 · 2 replies
    Middle East Forum ^ | January 19, 2015 | Daniel Doron
    Coming on the heels of a spate of revelations regarding corruption in the Israeli government – as well as worrisome signs of dysfunction in Israeli governance, exposed during last summer's unresolved campaign against Hamas – the Israeli public was shocked again recently by yet more revelations of pervasive corruption in high places. Now a dark cloud on the political horizon, corruption (as well as its neglect by the authorities) shows signs of developing into a major political storm. It could deeply affect the upcoming March elections, in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to defend his seat against a...
  • Anti-H-1B senator to head immigration panel - claims shortage of highly skill labor a 'hoax'

    01/23/2015 2:15:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Computer World ^ | January 22, 2015 | Patrick Thibodeau
    ..............[U.S. Senator Jeff] Sessions last week accused the tech industry of perpetuating a "hoax" by claiming there is a shortage of qualified U.S. tech workers. "The tech industry's promotion of expanded temporary visas -- such as the H-1B -- and green cards is driven by its desire for cheap, young and immobile labor," wrote Sessions, in a memo he sent last week to fellow lawmakers. Last summer, Sessions attacked Microsoft's push for more H-1B visas as it laid off 18,000 employees. Now, as subcommittee chairman, Sessions will have the ability to conduct investigations and hold oversight hearings. That Senate memo...
  • White House Proposals on 529 College Plans Would Reduce Benefits

    01/23/2015 1:30:30 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 22, 2015 | By Sara Siegal Bernard
    President Obama is proposing a radical change to the 529 college savings plans held by millions of families, which would require those who use them to rethink their approach to college savings. As part of his plan to simplify the tax code and help the middle class, one of the 529 plan’s most attractive benefits would be eliminated: Money could no longer be withdrawn tax-free. (The new rules would apply only to new contributions.) The accounts, many of which are run by the states, allow people to make contributions that grow tax-free. The money can be withdrawn without the paying...