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  • 62% of Americans Want Congress to Have Final Say on Iran Deal (per Pew)

    03/31/2015 8:44:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 03/31/2015
    A new study from the Pew Research Center found that Americans approve of negotiating directly with Iran, but they do not trust President Obama in the talks. Only 29% of respondents said that Obama should have the final authority over any agreement, while 62% preferred for Congress to have that power. …
  • Has Obama Inadvertently Brokered a Middle East Alliance

    03/31/2015 8:36:31 AM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies
    Back in 2013 the London’s Sunday Times reported that “Israel and Saudi Arabia were working together to bring down Iran’s nuclear activities.’ Clearly, having a mutual interest in stopping the threat of a hegemonic and nuclear Iran has made the two unlikely allies.”[snip]Unlike the U.S., Israel isn’t interested in bogus and political coalition building that may later bind them to their enemies. They are more than willing to engage a common adversary without entanglement with the very Arab nations they also know to be their enemies. They evidently understand better than we the potential pitfalls of such fool hardy policy....
  • Former CIA Director: Iran the New Nazi Germany (Woolsey)

    03/31/2015 8:35:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 3/30/2015, 4:45 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Iran is using the same tactics as Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany to expand their empire, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director James Woolsey stated Monday—by reviving imperialism through ideology. “They are doing it on a highly ideological basis,” Woolsey said in an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box. “They are an imperial power and trying to become more of an imperial power.” As such, he added, “given Iran’s aggressiveness and the fanaticism of its leaders, I don’t think we can do a reasonable deal with them. They’ll cheat.” Despite the evidence, Woolsey theorized that US President Barack Obama will continue the...
  • Turkish special forces enter courthouse as prosecutor held at gunpoint

    03/31/2015 8:22:22 AM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Mar 31, 2015 | OSMAN ORSAL AND HUMEYRA PAMUK
    A far-left Turkish group took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage on Tuesday and threatened to kill him, prompting special forces to enter the courthouse and police to evacuate the building. The Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) published a picture of the prosecutor with a gun to his head and said it would kill him at 1236 GMT, three hours after gunmen stormed his office, unless its demands were met.
  • Home> International Turkey Blackout: Massive Power Outage Plunges Country Into Darkness

    03/31/2015 8:14:03 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3-31-2004 | Patrick Reeval
    A massive nationwide power outage has struck Turkey today, causing travel chaos in major cities and leaving roughly three-quarters of the country with limited electricity. The blackout -- the worst in Turkey for over a decade -- has affected around 40 provinces. In Istanbul traffic lights and much of the city’s subway went dark after power stopped around 10:30 a.m., officials said. Local airports were forced to close and flights are disrupted.
  • US Forces to Hold Exercises in Ukraine

    03/31/2015 8:07:36 AM PDT · by McGruff · 6 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | Mar 31, 2015
    The United States plans to send soldiers to Ukraine in April for training exercises with units of the country's national guard. Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a Facebook post on Sunday that the units to be trained include the Azov Battalion, a volunteer force that has attracted criticism for its far-right sentiments including brandishing an emblem widely used in Nazi Germany.
  • Court order allows teachers to observe Good Friday

    03/31/2015 8:06:55 AM PDT · by PROCON · 3 replies
    AP ^ | March 31, 2015
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 31, 2015) - Public school teachers in Cranston, Rhode Island, will be allowed to observe Good Friday despite objections from the city's school department. A court order issued Friday says teachers may take the day off as long as they submit a request no later than April 1. The order says the school department can neither discipline teachers for requesting the day off nor deduct their pay.
  • Religious Freedom Firestorm: Arkansas Considers Controversial Bill Similar to Indiana's

    03/31/2015 8:02:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    NBC ^ | March 31, 2015
    Lawmakers in Indiana are scrambling to clarify a religious freedom law amid a national firestorm. But their counterparts in Arkansas are pushing ahead with a similar measure — and the governor says he'll sign it. Protesters gathered outside the governor's mansion in Little Rock on Tuesday morning. A final vote in the state House could come later in the day.
  • Police arrest two suspects in MetroLink beating [St. Louis train assault]

    03/31/2015 7:58:52 AM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 12 replies
    fox2now.com (KTVI Channel 2 St. Louis) ^ | March 30, 2015 | Chris Smith
    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis police have announced arrest in connection to an assault on a MetroLink train a week ago. Police say they have taken into custody a 15-year-old male juvenile and 21-year-old male. The other male pictured in the surveillance video was identified and is no longer wanted in connection to the assault. The attack that happened a week ago showed a 43-year-old male victim being attacked by several suspects after a man in a red hat asked him what he thought about the Michael Brown case. That’s when other suspects began to punch the man in...
  • LIVE STREAM: Gov Pence press conference starting now

    03/31/2015 7:53:04 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 47 replies
    FOX 59 ^ | 03/31/2015 | FOX 59
    Live stream here: http://fox59.com/breaking-news/
  • Ted Cruz Can’t Do What Glenn Beck Says

    03/31/2015 7:46:03 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/26/2015 | W. James Antle III
    Less than a week after leaving the Republican Party, Glenn Beck had something to say about how Ted Cruz should approach the primaries. Leave Scott Walker and Rand Paul alone. Otherwise, Beck warned, “we’re just going to end up with Jeb Bush.” (Bill O’Reilly was skeptical about Beck’s whole GOP-leaving business.) Cruz professed his admiration for Paul and Cruz, but didn’t quite commit to refrain from criticizing them. That’s because he can’t. The Republican presidential race can be split into the conservative primary and the establishment primary. Beck isn’t wrong that a divided conservative vote could benefit Bush, but there...
  • Elizabeth Warren: 'I'm not running, I'm not running'

    03/31/2015 7:35:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/31/2015 | Colin Campbell
    There doesn't appear to be anything Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) can say to stop the questions about her presidential ambitions. "You didn't think you'd get away with this interview without me asking point-blank: Are you going to run for president?" the "Today" show's Savannah Guthrie asked Warren on Tuesday morning. "No. I'm not running and I'm not going to run," Warren said. Guthrie pressed Warren. "I'm not running. I'm not running," the senator insisted. Her initial reply is almost identical to what she said the day before, according to The New York Observer. Warren visited a Manhattan bookstore to promote...
  • The Misguided Cruzade for Total Border Control [Open-Border Libertarians]

    03/31/2015 7:35:01 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    Reason.com ^ | March 31, 2015 | Shikha Dalmia
    The Texas senator's fencing plans will impose a hefty cost on Americans Sen. Ted Cruz launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination last week by promising to "finally, finally, finally secure the borders" and put an end to unauthorized immigration. This will warm the hearts of restrictionists, no doubt. But it should scare Americans who love their pocketbooks and liberties more than they hate undocumented Latino immigrants.Restrictionists accuse many of these immigrants of being welfare queens who come to America illegally and live off taxpayers. Cruz has contributed to the hysteria by proposing bills barring undocumented workers from ever...
  • Police Searching for Armed Prisoner Escaped from Inova Fairfax Hospital

    03/31/2015 7:31:41 AM PDT · by bassyak · 4 replies
    FAIRFAX -- Police are searching for an armed prisoner who escaped from Inova Fairfax Hospital around 4 a.m. Police say the suspect is a black man named Wossen Assaye. He's 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, wearing only a hospital gown with no shoes. He is on the run in a stolen silver Toyota Camry with front-end damage, the police said in a Tweet. The license plate on the car has Virginia tags and number XZP-8153. He may be with his girlfriend. Assaye - transported to Inova Fairfax from the Alexandria jail overnight - managed to overpower the two private security...
  • Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations

    03/31/2015 7:31:19 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | MARCH 30, 2015 | Jackie Northam
    Venezuela is Latin America's largest oil producer, and its economy depends heavily on oil exports. It's been been hit hard by the tumbling oil prices. "Venezuela is in desperate straits. The oil sector has been deteriorating, and now with the slumping oil prices, they needed cash desperately," says Michael Shifter, the president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington, D.C.-based group that studies the region. Shifter says it's no surprise that Venezuela is trimming back a program that provides oil at subsidized, deferred payment rates to many of its Caribbean neighbors that are dependent on energy imports. Petrocaribe — an alliance...
  • Harry Reid Justifies Lying About Romney’s Taxes from Senate Floor: ‘He Didn’t Win, Did He?’

    03/31/2015 7:16:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Harry Reid said he has no regrets for polarizing the Senate, attacking the Koch brothers, and falsely accusing Mitt Romney of not paying taxes. Republicans have criticized Reid, who recently announced that he would not seek re-election in 2016, for hostile tactics that soured the environment on Capitol Hill. The Senate minority leader dismissed claims that he is the problem with Washington and said he his proud of taking on the Koch brothers when no one else would. Reid appeared to take some joy of being a part of the Democrat machine that took down Romney in 2012. “Let him...
  • IRS says it's OK if you fail to say you have insurance on return

    03/31/2015 7:12:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/31/2015 | Rick Moran
    The IRS may be the ogre of government but when it comes to enforcing its rules on Obamacare, it's positively puppyish. Millions of people who don't have insurance are having the penalty waived. They are going to trust that your coverage meets Obamacare mandates without checking.  Now, if you fail to mark your return indicating that you have insurance, why that's perfectly alright with the IRS. Washington Examiner: The Internal Revenue Service told the Washington Examiner it will not penalize anyone who has insurance but neglected to check the box. However, a taxpayer may be asked by the agency if they have...
  • Hillary Clinton also used iPad for email while at State Department, often mixed personal, work chats

    03/31/2015 7:07:34 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 19 replies
    © Copyright 2015 NYDailyNews.com. All rights reserved. ^ | Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 9:31 AM | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device
  • Marco Rubio: I’m ‘Realistic on Immigration’

    03/31/2015 7:07:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/31/2015 | Andrew Johnson
    Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) continued to hint at making a presidential announcement in the coming weeks when he stopped by The Five on Monday, and addressed the issue that some think may be his biggest hurdle in a Republican primary: Immigration. Co-host Greg Gutfeld asked Rubio, who was a member of the moderate Gang of Eight that devised comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the Senate, how he responds to criticism that he is “soft” on the issue. “I think I’m realistic on immigration,” he said. He noted that the current immigration system is still in need of reforms, but...
  • No, Indiana’s new religious freedom law isn’t discriminatory

    03/31/2015 7:01:33 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 21 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 03/31/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    The Left is apoplectic – again – over a new piece of statutory law in Indiana that does nothing more than protect long-standing religious freedoms. To liberals, however, “religious freedom” is not a First Amendment right to be protected, but rather code for bigotry, racism, homophobia, smacking kittens and eating fried foods.
  • Washington Post Column: Don’t dismiss Ted Cruz

    03/31/2015 6:59:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/31/2015 | Marc Thiessen
    Ted Cruz is being called a Republican Obama, but he has not exactly gotten an Obama-like reception from the mainstream media. Liberal commentators have, predictably, beclowned themselves in the wake of Cruz’s presidential announcement. Chris Matthews (the guy who “felt a thrill going up his leg” when Barack Obama spoke during the 2008 campaign) compared Cruz to Sen. Joe McCarthy, even showing pictures of McCarthy and Cruz in the same pose. Ebony magazine Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux told MSNBC that Cruz likes country music because “nothing says ‘let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music.” On “Morning Joe,” Donny Deutsch...
  • Stockton Smart Meters Explode After Truck Causes Power Surge

    03/31/2015 6:54:17 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 23 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Leigh Martinez
    STOCKTON (CBS13) — A power surge left thousands without power for most of the day in Stockton after smart meters on their homes exploded on Monday. The explosions started after a truck crashed into a utility pole, causing a surge around 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning.
  • New Book Explores Role of Race for First Lady Michelle Obama

    03/31/2015 6:50:04 AM PDT · by PROCON · 11 replies
    time.com ^ | March 30, 2015 | Maya Rhodan
    Author paints the First Lady as the President's rock, notes the impact her background would have on her future as the nation's first black First LadyDuring her senior year at Princeton University, First Lady Michelle Obama couldn’t imagine she would live to see the election of the nation’s first African American, let alone be married to him. “To say that during her Princeton years she could not envision an African American president is like saying that the sun rises and sets every day,” writes Northwestern University Professor Peter Slevin in his upcoming biography, Michelle Obama: A Life.At the time, the...
  • O’Malley Made a Mess of Maryland [And now he's thinking of running for President]

    03/31/2015 6:48:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/30/2015 | by RICHARD J. DOUGLAS
    Taxpayers abandoned his state in droves during his tenure as governor, but that’s not dampening the presidential aspirations of Martin O’Malley. In 2014, his final year in office as governor, Maryland had the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation. Now he wants to ride this embarrassing record to the White House. At the Brookings Institution in March, O’Malley test-drove some campaign rhetoric: “Behind all of our data, there are people, living their lives, shouldering their struggles. They deserve a government that works.” Unfortunately, in the state O’Malley governed for eight years, he gave deserving Marylanders anything but a state government...
  • 2016 Republican hopefuls rush to defense of Indiana religious freedom law

    03/31/2015 6:47:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    A throng of likely Republican presidential contenders came to the defense Monday of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s signing of the state’s religious-freedom law, signaling a sharp contrast with Democrats on an issue that could extend into the 2016 race.
  • The Latest Bombshell from Mrs. Clinton’s Lawyer: Emails under congressional investigation deleted?

    03/31/2015 6:45:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/31/2015 | by SHANNEN W. COFFIN Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416184/latest-bombshell-mr
    Did the former secretary of state delete pertinent e-mails while subject to congressional investigation? Hillary Clinton’s lawyers confirmed what many have suspected since her remarks at a U.N. press conference earlier this month: She has wiped her server clean of any e-mails that she didn’t turn over to the State Department. In so doing, Mrs. Clinton has given her critics more reason to suspect that she is up to no good and yet further reason that Mrs. Clinton should keep those lawyers on speed dial. In the ongoing saga of Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a private server at her...
  • Hate Crime or Random Violence: Black Men Beat White Man Who Refused to Talk About Michael Brown

    03/31/2015 6:43:42 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3-30-2015 | Mac Slavo
    Mac Slavo March 30th, 2015 The following video depicts three black men beating a white man on a metro train. There has been no outrage from Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton, so we can safely assume this was just random violence and the attackers and victim just happened to be of different skin color. Otherwise, we’re sure there’d be calls by the Justice Department for investigations into the matter and protest swarms would be gathering across St. Louis.(SNIP)(Click to the site to see the video)
  • Nicolle Wallace Jabs Laura Ingraham Over Jeb Criticism: 'She Hates Everybody'

    03/31/2015 6:43:24 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On today's Morning Joe, liberal Republican Nicolle Wallace sought to slough off a Politico article reporting that Jeb Bush is losing the influential "Laura Ingraham primary." Claimed Wallace, who served as Jeb's press secretary when he was governor of Florida, Ingraham "hates everybody. She always hates the Republicans more than the Democrats at this point, too." Wallace even suggested that Ingraham's criticism of McCain [for whom Wallace also worked] and Romney contributed to their defeats: "will we ever wonder what effect that has in the outcome; both guys lost? Do we think it's good to cheer down our own side?...
  • In Defense of Indiana: The anti-RFRA backlash is a perfect storm of hysteria and legal ignorance.

    03/31/2015 6:39:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/30/2015 | Rich Lowry
    Indiana is experiencing its two minutes of hate. It is doubtful that since its admittance into the union in 1816, the heretofore inoffensive Midwestern state has ever been showered with so much elite obloquy. Indiana’s sin is that its legislature passed and Governor Mike Pence signed into law a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, setting out a legal standard for cases involving a clash between a person’s exercise of religion and the state’s laws. To listen to the critics, you’d think the law was drafted by a joint committee of attorneys from the Ku Klux Klan and Westboro Baptist Church. The...
  • Student loan recipients go on repayment strike, face default

    03/31/2015 6:35:55 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 64 replies
    ABC13.com ^ | 03/31/2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She's refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college that she now considers so worthless she doesn't include it on her resume. The "debt strike" sentiment is catching on. Calling themselves the "Corinthian 100" - named for the troubled Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which operated Everest College, Heald College and WyoTech before agreeing last summer to sell or close its 100-plus campuses - about 100 current and former students are refusing to pay back their loans,...
  • Clinton used iPad at State Dept., released emails show

    03/31/2015 6:35:24 AM PDT · by maggief · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | March 31, 2015 | NICK GASS
    EXCERPT According to the emails reviewed by AP, in a September 2011 message, adviser Huma Abedin shared an AP story about a drone strike in Pakistan. Clinton answered with questions that seem to be related to decorations. “I like the idea of these,” she wrote. “How high are they? What would the bench be made of? And I’d prefer two shelves or attractive boxes/baskets/ conmtainers [sic] on one. What do you think?” Abedin answered: “Did u mean to send to me?” Clinton replied, according to the AP report citing the emails: “No-sorry! Also, pls let me know if you got...
  • Anti-Defamation League: 2014 ‘a particularly violent year for Jews’ in America

    03/31/2015 6:34:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    The Washington Post ^ | March 31, 2015 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    When a 73-year-old man opened fire on two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb last year, killing three people, police called the attack a hate crime.
  • 1,000-year-old onion and garlic eye remedy kills MRSA

    03/31/2015 6:33:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 30,2015 | Tom Feilden
    The leechbook is one of the earliest examples of what might loosely be called a medical textbook It seems Anglo-Saxon physicians may actually have practised something pretty close to the modern scientific method, with its emphasis on observation and experimentation. Bald's Leechbook could hold some important lessons for our modern day battle with anti-microbial resistance. line break n each case, they tested the individual ingredients against the bacteria, as well as the remedy and a control solution. They found the remedy killed up to 90% of MRSA bacteria and believe it is the effect of the recipe rather than one...
  • Obama returns to his father's Kenya homeland for first time since becoming president

    03/31/2015 6:30:45 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 16 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | March 30, 2015 | By Francesca Chambers
    Obama returns to his father's Kenya homeland for first time since becoming president Obama will visit in July for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit President has visited Kenya three times in the past, including once as a U.S. senator, but hasn't been back since moving to the White House The son of a Kenyan native, rumors have persisted for years that the younger Barack Obama was not actually born in the U.S. The elder Barack Obama died more than 30 years ago, though the president has other family still living in Kenya President Barack Obama will make his first trip as...
  • How do you dismantle a nuclear submarine?

    03/31/2015 6:30:31 AM PDT · by McGruff · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 30 March 2015 | Paul Marks
    Nuclear submarines have long been a favourite in popular fiction. From movies such as The Hunt for Red October to long-running TV series like Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, they have always been portrayed as awesome instruments of geopolitical power gliding quietly through the gloomy deep on secret, serious missions. But at the end of their useful lives the subs essentially become floating nuclear hazards, fizzing with lethal, spent nuclear fuel that's extremely hard to get out. Nuclear navies have had to go to extraordinary lengths to cope with their bloated and ageing Cold War fleets of hunter-killer...
  • Disney ABC embraces X-rated anti-Christian bigot Dan Savage in new prime time show

    03/31/2015 6:19:52 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 26 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/30/15 | Newsbusters
    March 30, 2015 (NewsBusters.org) -- Media Research Center (MRC) and Family Research Council (FRC) are launching a joint national campaign to educate the public about a Disney ABC sitcom pilot based on the life of bigoted activist Dan Savage. MRC and FRC contacted Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television Group, more than two weeks ago urging him to put a stop to this atrocity but received no response. [Read the full letter]A perusal of Dan Savage’s work reveals a career built on advocating violence — even murder — and spewing hatred against people of faith. Savage has spared no one with whom he disagrees from his vitriolic...
  • Feds refusing to show cards in McDonald's case

    03/31/2015 6:17:15 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 21 replies
    WashTimes ^ | March 31, 2015 | 5:00 am | Sean Higgins
    The federal government has said in a major, closely watched lawsuit that McDonald's Corp. violated workers' union rights at its individual franchise restaurants. What officials haven't said is exactly how the corporation did this since it didn't actually employ the workers, the franchise owners did. To win the case, the government will have to prove that McDonald's is a "joint employer" of the workers with the franchises — a concept that runs counter to very understanding of what a franchise is: a legally separate entity that merely rents out the parent corporation's trademarks. The actual charging documents by National Labor...
  • Jeb Bush, Luis Gutierrez to Keynote Pro-Amnesty Hispanic Group’s Convention

    03/31/2015 6:11:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/31/2015 | Breitbart News
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Rep. Luis Gutierriez (D-IL) will be keynote speakers for a pro-amnesty Hispanic group’s convention in April.Bush and Gutierrez, both of whom have been vocal about the need for a comprehensive amnesty bill, will headline the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference’s (NHCLC) annual convention, which will be held April 28-30 in Houston.
  • China's New Development Bank Is Becoming A Massive Embarrassment For Obama

    03/31/2015 6:10:37 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    BI ^ | 3-31-2015 | Mikw Bird
    Mike Bird March 31, 2015China's new development bank, which was announced just five months ago, is becoming a massive headache for the US. Try as it might, the US government can't convince its allies to stop joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The bank will be a bit like the World Bank, providing loans to developing countries in Asia for infrastructure projects. Unlike the World Bank, China will hold the reins of the AIIB. The US administration is publicly worried that the institution won't meet high governance standards, but really seems opposed to the move because it signals a...
  • Tampa Bay Times: ‘Shall Not Be Infringed’ Does Not Mean What It Says

    03/31/2015 5:52:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/30/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On March 26, the Tampa Bay Times responded to the numerous pro-Second Amendment bills making their way through the Florida legislature by suggesting that “gun rights are not absolute.” In other words, “shall not be infringed” does not mean “shall not be infringed.” According to the Times, the numerous gun rights bills–especially campus carry–show that Republican legislators are controlled by the NRA and do not understand that if certain limits are not placed on Second Amendment rights, public safety is sacrificed.
  • THE GLENN BECK RADIO PROGRAM, Live 9am-Noon weekdays ET, Mar 31, 2015, Tuesday

    03/31/2015 5:50:21 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 4 replies
    www.GlennBeck.com ^ | Mar 31, 2015, Tuesday | Glenn Beck
    Listen To Glenn Beck Now, on The Blaze Radio Network on www.iheart.com . Or, listen on http://www.glennbeck.com/publish/live_player/ Truth Lives Here Known for his quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality, Glenn Beck has attracted millions of viewers and listeners throughout the United States with The Glenn Beck Program. His radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, is heard on over 400 stations and is syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. It is the third highest-rated national radio talk show among adults ages 25 to 54. Looking for audio and video from the radio program? If you’re a TheBlaze TV Subscriber you...
  • Advanced Drillships Become Burden For Owners As Business Dries Up

    03/31/2015 5:34:51 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | March 27, 2015 | Sneha Banerjee & Swetha Gopinath
    Not so long ago, advanced drillships costing more than half a billion dollars each and capable of operating in ever-deeper waters practically guaranteed big profits for oil-rig operators. Now, with oil prices down by half since June, many have become a burden on their owners as drilling activity slows. Drillship operators face a more brutal hit to margins than they did after the oil-price crash of 2008 because of the huge cost of maintaining the more than $10 billion worth of state-of-the-art vessels that have been idled at sea, analysts say. Noble Corp Plc, Ensco Plc and Transocean Ltd are...
  • Microseismic Plus Refrack Could Equal More Production

    03/31/2015 5:22:10 AM PDT · by thackney
    E&P Hart Energy ^ | March 23, 2015 | Velda Addison
    Production from U.S. unconventional plays—boosted by advances in completion technology and techniques—has undoubtedly transformed the oil and gas scene both in the U.S. and abroad. However, low recovery rates for shale oil and gas plus steep declines for wells show there is still room for improvement. Some are turning to microseismic and refracks to better results given today’s market conditions. “Beating the decline curve in unconventional reservoirs requires continuous drilling and completion of new wells. This can be costly and time consuming,” Sudhendu Kashikar, vice president of completions evaluation for MicroSeismic Inc., explained in a webcast this week. “Refracking provides...
  • Obama wants to turn America against Israel

    03/31/2015 5:14:06 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    There are certainly signs that he sees Israelis as being oppressors, colonialists and imperialists and now he wants to use his powers of persuasion to promote those views to other Americans. He may use proxies to do so. A recent example was his Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough telling J Street (an anti-Israel group posing as a pro-Israel group) that Israel’s “occupation that has lasted for 50 years must end.” Barack Obama’s relationship with J Street shows his desire to conquer and divide the Jewish community and turn American Jews against Israel. He has actively courted and promoted J Street...
  • Unease About Immigration at Core of UK Election Campaign

    03/31/2015 5:12:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 31, 2015 | By JILL LAWLESS
    BOSTON, England - Boston is a typical English town — ancient church, traditional shops, Polish supermarkets, Baltic bakeries. Amid the bargain-hunting crowds on market day, eastern European languages are almost as common as the local Lincolnshire accent. Immigration has transformed Boston in the last decade. At least one in eight residents comes from eastern Europe, and the population is growing at double the national rate. "I think there are a few too many of the foreign brigade here at the moment," said butcher Nigel Lote. His customers come almost exclusively from the long-settled English population of Boston, a town of...
  • CME Group launches unprecedented oil-storage futures contract

    03/31/2015 5:11:30 AM PDT · by thackney
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Mar. 30 2015 | LUKE KAWA
    As U.S. crude oil stockpiles soar, CME Group Inc. has come up with an innovative way for energy producers to reserve space in storage facilities. The ability to trade oil futures contracts has been around since 1983, but on Monday, the first ever oil-storage futures contract goes live. One contract bestows upon its holder the right, but not the obligation, to store 1,000 barrels of crude oil in caverns or above-ground tanks in Louisiana. Three grades of sour crude are eligible to be held at these facilities, which are connected to 50 per cent of the United States’ refining capacity...
  • Canada Pushes Ahead with Keystone XL Alternatives

    03/31/2015 5:04:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Scientific American ^ | March 30, 2015 | Bobby Magill
    A decision on whether to allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to be built in the U.S. could come at any time, but there are myriad other projects on the table designed to do exactly what Keystone XL was designed to do: transport Canadian tar sands oil to refineries. Those pipelines, both in the U.S. and Canada, are being designed to move the oily bitumen produced from the tar sands to refineries in Texas and eastern Canada, and to ports on the Pacific Coast where the oil could be shipped to Asia. Combined, the pipelines would be able to carry more...
  • Oil industry to Obama: Stop excluding Atlantic drilling leases

    03/31/2015 4:58:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 30, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    As the Obama administration weighs where to sell offshore drilling leases from 2017 to 2022, the oil industry has a single plea: Stop ruling out potential prospects. Eight industry trade groups are delivering that message in comments set to be filed with the administration on Monday, ahead of a midnight deadline for the public to weigh in on the Interior Department’s draft proposed offshore leasing program for 2017 to 2022. “Considerable acreage has already been excluded at this early stage of the planning process, especially in the Atlantic, eastern Gulf of Mexico and Alaska outer continental shelf,” said the groups,...
  • India, France to jointly develop naval missile

    03/31/2015 4:57:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Hindu ^ | March 31, 2015 | DINAKAR PERI
    The Defence Acquisition Council has approved the ‘Maitri’ project for the co-development of a Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile (SR-SAM) by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) with MBDA of France, Navy officers said on Monday. “The DRDO has been directed by the government to engage Original Equipment Manufacturer for joint development,” a Defence Ministry official said. The project has been in the works since 2007 to meet the requirements of the Army and the Air Force. MoU with MBDA The DRDO had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MBDA in 2013, but there has hardly been any progress because...
  • BNSF adds new safety rules for crude oil trains

    03/31/2015 4:55:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 30, 2015 | Associated Press
    <p>BNSF has started taking additional safety measures for crude oil shipments because of four recent high-profile derailments in the U.S. and Canada, the railroad said Monday.</p> <p>Under the changes, BNSF is slowing down crude oil trains to 35 mph in cities with more than 100,000 people and increasing track inspections near waterways. The Fort Worth-based railroad also is stepping up efforts to find and repair defective wheels before they can cause derailments.</p>