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  • Former Blue Angels commander relieved of duty, Navy investigating captain's time in Pensacola

    04/19/2014 6:25:17 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 3 replies
    al.com ^ | April 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM, updated April 18, 2014 at 4:24 PM | Leada Gore
    Capt. Gregory McWherter, executive officer of Naval Base Coronado in San Diego, was relieved of his duties by Vice Adm. William French, commander of Navy Installations Command. The move was made based on initial findings of an ongoing investigation into allegations of misconduct and an "inappropriate command climate" at the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, or Blue Angels, based at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
  • Drone strike in Yemen kills suspected al Qaeda militants

    04/19/2014 6:08:22 AM PDT · by McGruff · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | April 19, 2014 | Hakim Almasmari
    A drone strike in Yemen killed at least 15 people on Saturday, including 12 suspected al Qaeda militants, three Yemeni Defense Ministry officials told CNN.
  • Western lawmakers strategize on taking control of federal lands

    04/19/2014 5:45:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 19, 2014
    Officials from nine Western states met in Salt Lake City on Friday to discuss taking control of federal lands within their borders on the heels of a standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management. The lawmakers and county commissioners discussed ways to wresting oil-, timber- and mineral-rich lands away from the feds. --snip-- "What's happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem," Lockhart said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The Legislative Summit on the Transfer of Public Lands, as it was called, was organized by Utah state Rep. Ken...
  • Donald Trump makes donation to Ted Cruz

    04/19/2014 5:38:21 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 17, 2014, 12:48 pm | Megan R. Wilson
    Hotel magnate Donald Trump donated $5,000 to Sen. Ted Cruz’s leadership PAC in January, according to new campaign records. Trump’s show of support for the Texas Republican's leadership PAC — the maximum allowed under the law per election cycle — is an indication that the men are becoming political allies. The relationship between Trump and Cruz initially appeared to get off to a rocky start. In August, Trump said he wasn’t sure whether Cruz could be president because he was born in Canada. But in the months that followed, Trump has spoken favorably about the Tea Party darling, who has...
  • Kansas speech by Michelle Obama draws complaints

    04/19/2014 5:33:50 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 19 APRIL 2014 | JOHN MILBURN
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it...
  • [Video] Deputy Shoots Himself in Leg While Trying to Kill Family Dog

    04/19/2014 5:30:45 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    http://gunssavelives.net ^ | april 18, 2014 | dan cannon
    If there is one law enforcement trend that I absolutely cannot stand or abide it is the killing of family pets by law enforcement officers. Generally speaking these incidents are completely uncalled for and in most cases the animal represents no real harm to police officers. I understand that there are rare occurences when a dog might viciously attack an officer and true self defense may come into play, but I’m tired of hearing about animals that were killed because they “appear aggressive” or “barked aggressively”. In this case, a family dog was nearly shot by a Riverside County, CA...
  • Whoopi is The Denver Post's New Pot Columnist

    04/19/2014 5:23:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Whoopi Goldberg is the newest columnist for The Denver Post’s site on marijuana, The Cannabist. Her first column published today, focused on her vape pen named Sippy which, she says “changed her life.” Whoopi gets “glaucoma-induced headaches” and a few puffs on her pen does wonders.
  • ObamaCare enrollees told to change passwords after Heartbleed review (Husseincare bug)

    04/19/2014 5:23:38 AM PDT · by Libloather
    Fox News ^ | 4/19/14
    WASHINGTON – People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government's Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular WhiteHouse.gov...
  • Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan, Angers GOP Colleagues but Wins Fans Elsewhere [Snark Alert!]

    04/19/2014 5:21:51 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Online WSJ ^ | April 18, 2014 10:36 p.m. ET | Monica Langley
    WASHINGTON—Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street.The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators—Republican or Democrat—amiably chatting or huddled in their seats.Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him."For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life's fundamental dichotomy: Many...
  • Democrats Told "Don't Mention 'Economic Recovery' - It's A Political Loser"

    04/19/2014 5:04:48 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    Zero hedge ^ | 4-18-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Democrats Told "Don't Mention 'Economic Recovery' - It's A Political Loser" Tyler Durden 04/18/2014 19:48 -0400Democratic strategists have made a blunt declaration in an election-year memo, according to AP, "Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser." Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word "recovery" is trumped by a Republican assertion that the Obama administration has had six years to get the economy moving and its policies haven't worked. But, but, but... stocks are at all-time highs? As AP reports, Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk...
  • Report: Wendy Davis caught up in FBI investigation

    04/19/2014 4:39:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/18/14 | Alex Pappas
    The FBI is probing past legal work done by Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, according to a report her Republican opponent’s campaign calls a “bombshell.” The Dallas Morning News reported Friday that documents “related to Sen. Wendy Davis’ work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry of the agency.” The news outlet said it’s unclear how much this investigation revolves around Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.
  • Rand Paul urges Harry Reid to ‘calm the rhetoric’ on Cliven Bundy

    04/19/2014 4:20:28 AM PDT · by opentalk · 50 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 18, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Republican Senator Rand Paul called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to “calm the rhetoric” on Cliven Bundy, arguing the Nevada senator’s “domestic terrorist” comment was “liable to stir up” the situation and lead to violence.The Kentucky senator spoke Thursday night with Fox News’ Eric Bolling, who was filling in for Sean Hannity. “Is there any need to call Americans domestic terrorists?” Bolling asked.“No, I think what we should all be calling for is for calmer heads to prevail,” Paul said. “I don’t want to see violence on either side.”“There is a legitimate constitutional question here about whether the state...
  • 'Game of Thrones' Shirt Suspension: NJ Professor Punished for Pic

    04/19/2014 3:14:43 AM PDT · by Hugin · 45 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 18 Apr 2014 06:24 PM | Ken Mandel
    A New Jersey college professor says he was suspended for posting online a photo of his daughter wearing a "Game of Thrones" T-shirt with a "threatening" quote on it. Francis Schmidt, an art and 3-D animation professor at Bergen Community College in northern New Jersey, told The Record he posted the picture of his 7-year-old daughter Jan. 12 wearing a T-shirt with the "Game of Thrones" quote, "I will take what is mine with fire and blood."... ...A day after posting the photo, Schmidt told The Record that he was questioned as to whether the photo was a threat against...
  • Gazprom Buys Kyrgyzgaz for $1 Plus Debt

    04/19/2014 3:07:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 10 2014 15:26
    Russia’s top natural gas producer Gazprom has signed a deal to buy 100 percent of shares of Kyrgyzgaz for $1 and assumed the responsibility to repay $40 million of debt owed by the Kyrgyz gas producer, Itar-Tass reported. Gazprom also pledged to invest no less than 20 billion rubles ($560 million) in the next 5 years in the Central Asian republic’s 700-kilometer gas distribution grid upgrades. …
  • WH Counterterror Chief: Parents Need to Watch for ‘Sudden Personality Changes in Their Children'

    04/19/2014 3:02:08 AM PDT · by opentalk · 24 replies
    CNSnews ^ | April 17, 2014
    In a speech delivered at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday evening, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said it could help prevent terrorism if parents watched for “sudden personality changes in their children at home.”“President Obama has been laser-focused on making sure we use all the elements of our national power to protect Americans, including developing the first government-wide strategy to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” said Monaco, in a transcription posted by the White House.
  • Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead, audit finds

    04/19/2014 2:11:44 AM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 18 2014 | AP
    The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo. The memo dated Friday, which The Associated Press obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, says the state auditor compared clients enrolled in the Medicaid database with state death records dating back to 1970. Auditors identified overpayments for services to roughly 2,900 people after the date of their deaths... Republicans have pressed for the state to use a private company to verify Medicaid eligibility. Maximus Health Services was hired to scrub...
  • Iran Gets an Unlikely Visitor, an American Plane, but No One Seems to Know Why

    04/19/2014 2:07:05 AM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 17, 2014 |  MICHAEL CORKERY, JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and THOMAS ERDBRINK
    President Obama has warned that Iran is not open for business, even as the United States has loosened some of its punishing economic sanctions as part of an interim nuclear pact.Yet on Tuesday morning, Iran had an unlikely visitor: a plane, owned by the Bank of Utah, a community bank in Ogden that has 13 branches throughout the state. Bearing a small American flag on its tail, the aircraft was parked in a highly visible section of Mehrabad Airport in Tehran But from there, the story surrounding the plane, and why it was in Iran — where all but a...
  • EU lawmakers smooth way for class actions against cartels

    04/19/2014 1:17:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:18pm BST | Foo Yun Chee
    European lawmakers on Thursday eased the way for cartel victims to claim compensation from companies under new rules that also shield price-fixing whistleblowers from being the main target of million-euro lawsuits. The green light from the European Parliament came nine years after the European Commission broached the idea, seeing it as an additional tool, on top of fines, to deter companies from breaking antitrust laws. According to the Commission, only one in four cartels and antitrust infringements faced damages claims in the last seven years. Its 2010 estimate put the cost of unrecovered damages of infringements at over €20 billion...
  • EU Focuses Pressure on Israel to Make Concessions, Restart Talks

    04/19/2014 12:50:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    INN ^ | 4/18/2014, 6:00 PM | Ari Soffer
    EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton called on Israel to reverse recent announcements regarding construction in Judea and Samaria in order to advance peace talks. Ashton said she viewed with “great concern” an Israeli decision to declare an area near the Gush Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem as state land and the recognition of Jewish rights to the disputed Peace House in the Judean city of Hevron, a statement from her office said Friday. Ashton also lashed out at the “demolition of Palestinian property and the confiscation of EU humanitarian aid”. …
  • Why There Will Be A Robot Uprising

    04/18/2014 9:58:25 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 30 replies
    In the movie Transcendence, which opens in theaters on Friday, a sentient computer program embarks on a relentless quest for power, nearly destroying humanity in the process. The film is science fiction but a computer scientist and entrepreneur Steven Omohundro says that “anti-social” artificial intelligence in the future is not only possible, but probable, unless we start designing AI systems very differently today.
  • Rand Paul to Meet Top Romney Donors in Boston

    04/18/2014 9:52:49 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 36 replies
    national review ^ | March 18, 2014
    Rand Paul will do his best to charm a group Mitt Romney’s top donors next week at an event facilitated by Romney finance director Spencer Zwick. The Friday luncheon will take place in Boston at the offices of Zwick’s private-equity firm, Solamere Capital, according to a source familiar with the event. Romney’s eldest son Tagg is also a managing partner at the firm, and Romney is the executive chairman. The event is yet another signal that Paul is preparing a for a serious presidential bid in 2016. Two years before the GOP primary, Paul is attempting to branch out beyond...
  • Tea Party, Teachers Unite vs. Georgia’s GOP Gov. Nathan “Real” Deal

    04/18/2014 9:32:09 PM PDT · by RobaWho · 2 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | April 19, 2014 | Rob Cunningham
    Next thing you know, cats and dogs might start sleeping together. In today’s brave new world, teacher responsibilities seemingly grow by the hour. With classroom responsibilities that now include nutrition, character development, parenting, sex education and family counseling, the very last thing teachers need is ignorant, anti-scholarship, disrespectful politicians stripping them of their ability to exercise their professional judgement. Teachers, just as other performing artists, need certain freedoms to create, improvise and respond to the needs of students, just as musicians need flexibility to play to their unique audiences. Teacher union’s have long argued that a smaller class sizes offers...
  • Why are some Democrats running from Obamacare?

    04/18/2014 9:30:06 PM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | April 18, 2014 | Halimah Abdullah
    Washington (CNN) -- The Obamacare enrollment is 8 million strong and growing. Polls have shown that voters love popular provisions calling for mandatory coverage for maternity care and extending coverage for young people up to age 26 to stay on their parents' health insurance policies. And recent figures from the Congressional Budget Office show that Obamacare will cost about $5 billion less to implement in 2014 than originally estimated. Still, some Democrats have run from the President's signature health care reform law so fast, they've practically left skid marks. The question is: Will they run back? ~snip~ Last November, the...
  • BUNDY RANCH: Meet the Coalition

    04/18/2014 9:05:02 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 24 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | 04-18-2014 | TMH
    Video at link
  • AMY KREMER RESIGNS FROM TEA PARTY EXPRESS

    04/18/2014 8:42:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 7 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Amy Kremer, one of the original Tea Party activists who participated in the February 20, 2009 call that launched the movement and played a key role as scheduler of the April 15, 2009 Tax Day Tea Party rallies, resigned on Friday as chairman of Tea Party Express, a position which she has held since the summer of 2009. Tea Party Express, a political action committee known for its national bus tours, was one of the first national organizations to successfully raise money through appeals to Tea Party supporters and activists. The group played a significant role in helping Tea Party...
  • University of Chicago Economist Who Studies Media Receives Clark Medal

    04/18/2014 8:38:00 PM PDT · by firebrand · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/18/2014 | Nelson D. Schwartz
    Matthew Gentzkow, an economics professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business who has done innovative work analyzing issues like bias in the press and the impact of media on society, has been awarded the 2014 John Bates Clark Medal, the American Economic Association announced Thursday.
  • Boy with Down syndrome gets an amazing letter: Watch the joy

    04/18/2014 8:18:06 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 5 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2014-04-17 | Kathleen Blanchard
    Happiness is infectious. That's why we want to share the pure joy of Noah, a boy with Down syndrome as he opens a letter of acceptance to college. Noah Van Vooren of Little Chute, Wisconsin now has a chance to attend Edgewood College and it seems he could not be happier. What is most incredible is that when Noah was born he was not expected to walk according to his doctors. Noah reads his own letter, despite an offer from his dad to read the letter. Watch the video and share the joy. Stay happy and those around you will...
  • HILLARY CLINTON 'HUGE SUPPORTER' OF AMNESTY

    04/18/2014 8:16:32 PM PDT · by kingattax · 22 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | TONY LEE
    On Thursday, as she gears up for what could be another run at the White House in 2016, Hillary Clinton said she was a "huge supporter" of amnesty. At a New York "No Ceilings" event with her daughter Chelsea, who announced that she was pregnant, an illegal immigrant DREAMer who came out during the question-and-answer session asked Clinton where she stood on the issue.
  • Man sues McDonald’s for $1.5 million over napkin

    04/18/2014 7:49:24 PM PDT · by South40 · 70 replies
    A California man is suing McDonald’s for 1.5 million dollar because he only received one napkin with his meal. The man claims to have emailed the general manager of the restaurant to complain but was not satisfied with the free food they offered him to make him happy.
  • Working Lives South Africa

    04/18/2014 7:43:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17 April 2014
    Speaking in his office, flanked by two Great Danes, farmer Louis Meintjes says he can trace his South African heritage back to the 1730s. Farming has never been an easy life but in the past it was more certain. Where once farmers in the Transvaal region enjoyed a high standard of living, today they say they are targeted by violent assailants. "It's not good for the health of society to be under siege by criminals," he says pointing out that he was attacked last year. "I was woken when they broke the window, I made sure my wife was safe...
  • BLM Whistleblower: Reid Bunkerville and the Military Industrial Complez

    04/18/2014 7:26:57 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 13 replies
    BLM Whistleblower
  • Is THIS Nessie? Apple maps satellite image spots 'creature swimming' below surface of Loch Ness

    04/18/2014 7:09:25 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 79 replies
    The Mirror ^ | Apr 18, 2014 13:23 | David Colins
    The photographs were captured by two different amateur Nessie hunters scanning different satellites on their iPhone and iPads.
  • After Voting With Him 97% Of The Time, Heidi Heitkamp Helps Other Democrats Campaign Against Obama

    04/18/2014 6:59:18 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    You really have to admire the chutzpah. In her 2012 campaign, Senator Heidi Heitkamp worked long and hard to brand herself not as a liberal Democrat, but as an “independent” who would “stand up” to President Barack Obama. Such rhetoric was necessary in a state where Obama lost by more than 20 points, and Heitkamp herself won by just a few thousand votes. It’s hard to imagine Heitkamp being in the US Senate now had she not campaigned so hard against Obama. But she did, and she won, and then spent her first year in the US Senate voting with...
  • Poll: 64% believe Obama lies to America

    04/18/2014 6:47:04 PM PDT · by progunner · 25 replies
    Tea Party ^ | April 17, 2014 @ 0931 | Breitbart
    A new Fox News poll found that a majority of voters now feel that President Obama lies to the country on important matters. The poll, released on April 16, found that 37% feel that Obama lies “most of the time,” while an additional 27% feel he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent said they feel he lies “now and then,” and a sparse 15% said he “never” lies.
  • Putin's Office Threatens To Mobilize

    04/18/2014 6:41:24 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 47 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 04/18/14 | The Interpreter
    Putin's Office Threatens To Mobilize | 2014-04-18 19:26:13 In a significant escalation of rhetoric, not only does Putin's press secretary admit that there are Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, but he says that they are there to respond if Russia is driven "into a corner." RFE/RL reports: Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has confirmed that Russia does have troops near the Ukrainian border and that some of those forces are stationed there "on a permanent basis." Peskov said additional forces are in the area along Russia's border with Ukraine but only "as reinforcement aganst the background of what...
  • D’SOUZA LIVE FROM THE BUNDY RANCH TONIGHT

    04/18/2014 6:33:53 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 14 replies
    dineshdsouza.com ^ | 04/18/2014
    REAL Cowboys and REAL Indians!
  • War, What Is It Good for For? These Four Things, Actually

    04/18/2014 6:29:51 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies
    defenseone.com ^ | 4/14/2014 | Ian Morris
    There are four parts to the case I will make. The first is that by fighting wars, people have created larger, more organized societies that have reduced the risk that their members will die violently. This observation rests on one of the major findings of archaeologists and anthropologists over the last century: that Stone Age societies were typically tiny. Chiefly because of the challenges of finding food, people lived in bands of a few dozen, villages of a few hundred, or (very occasionally) towns of a few thousand members. These communities did not need much in the way of internal...
  • Museum of U.S.-Nato Aggression Opens in Vladikavkaz

    04/18/2014 6:05:18 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 24 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr. 17 2014 19:48 | The Moscow Times
    A museum dedicated to the victims of U.S. and NATO military aggression has opened in the North Caucasus city of Vladikavkaz. The exhibition, which is housed at the National Scientific Library of North Ossetia, opened Thursday to visitors over the age of 16, and displays artifacts "attesting" to "the state terrorism" of Western nations, organizer Vyacheslav Lagkuyev said, Interfax reported. Among the themes of the exhibition are the conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan — each of which has its own display in the museum. The U.S. war in Vietnam and the NATO bombing of Serbia are also detailed in...
  • 'Complete lie': Pro-Russian official denies role in mysterious leaflets to Ukrainian Jews

    04/18/2014 6:01:29 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/1/2014
    A pro-Russian official initially thought to be behind fliers telling Ukrainian Jews to register vehemently denied any involvement on Friday, telling Fox News the leaflets were a "complete lie." The leaflets were first reported in Israel's Ynet News. The news site said the notices were circulated in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, demanding that Jews register -- as well as provide a list of property they own -- or else face deportation and revocation of citizenship. Pro-Russian activists have asserted partial control over some government buildings in that city. Ynet reported that the notices, sent as the Passover holiday...
  • House Committee Votes to Admit More STEM Workers than the Supply of Them

    04/18/2014 6:00:34 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 14 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | July 1, 2013 | David North
    The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted last week to admit more high-tech foreign workers in some categories than the annual supply of them. In its eagerness to meet the wishes of the high tech industry — and steal jobs from qualified American workers — the Republican majority on the committee, with the single, commendable exception of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), voted to allow as many as 55,000 green cards to be issued annually to aliens with advanced science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) degrees from American universities.
  • Does the 153-year-old Government Printing Office need a digital-era name?

    04/18/2014 5:42:14 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | Josh Hicks
    The Senate may vote soon on a bipartisan bill that would give the 153-year-old Government Printing Office a new name to better reflect its digital-age work. The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), would swap the word “printing” for “publishing” to make the agency the Government Publishing Office. It also would change the top two GPO officials’ titles from “public printer” and “deputy public printer” to ”director” and “deputy director.”Supporters of the measure say the current GPO name ignores the agency’s past and present efforts to reinvent itself for modern times with digital offerings such as e-books,...
  • Ukraine government promises reforms as insurgents refuse to vacate buildings

    04/18/2014 5:41:48 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 3 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/18/2014
    Armed pro-Russian insurgents occupying government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities refuse to leave them until the country's interim government resigns, despite Thursday’s diplomatic deal in Geneva. Ukraine and Russia agreed in Geneva to take tentative steps toward calming tensions along their shared border after weeks of conflict since Ukraine's former leader fled to Russia in February and Russia annexed Crimea in March. The deal -- brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union-- calls for disarming all paramilitary groups and the immediate return of all government buildings seized across the country. But Denis Pushilin—a leader...
  • GOP Congressman Says Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Reward Law Breakers

    04/18/2014 5:34:14 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Hunter Walker
    Republican Iowa Congressman Steve King responded after an organization backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg launched an advertising blitz against him Friday. King issued a statement saying the commercials, which were paid for by Zuckerberg's pro-immigration reform group FWD.us, show the Facebook chairman and CEO wants to "reward people for breaking our laws" in order to bring in talent for his company. "I am under attack by billionaire Mark Zuckerberg because I am one of the few who will stand up and tell the truth about amnesty," King said in his statement.
  • Groups urge Boehner on immigration reform

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

    04/18/2014 5:11:23 PM PDT · by kingattax · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | FRANCES MARTEL
    The protests against the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela have taken a Christian turn this week as the mostly Catholic nation celebrates its greatest holiday. Students in Caracas yesterday performed the series of prayers known as the Stations of the Cross dedicated to a democratic nation, with prayers for an end to socialism.
  • House Dem predicts losses over O-Care ("it's going to hit the fan")

    04/18/2014 5:09:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/18/14 | Elise Viebeck
    A House Democrat who voted against ObamaCare said the law is likely to sweep Republicans into office in November. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) had dire predictions for his party during a radio interview on Thursday. "We will lose seats in the House," Lynch told Boston Herald Radio. "I am fairly certain of that based on the poll numbers that are coming out from more experienced poll sets down there." He continued, "And I think we may lose the Senate. I think that's a possibility ... primarily because of healthcare." The comments pit Lynch against party chiefs like Rep. Nancy Pelosi...
  • Lewinsky Email Redacted From Clinton Documents

    04/18/2014 5:06:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    April 18, 2014, 6:13 PM ET Lewinsky Email Redacted From Clinton Documents By Rebecca Ballhaus The latest batch of previously withheld presidential records from the Clinton administration redacts an email from a noteworthy source: Monica Lewinsky. A redaction sheet in a collection of documents about former Gen. Wesley Clark lists an email from Ms. Lewinsky to Ashley Raines, an official in the White House office of administration. According to the footnote associated with the brief entry, an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” is cited as the reason for the email’s redaction. A redaction sheet showing an email from Monica Lewinsky....
  • Saudi Arabia to begin building world’s tallest skyscraper

    04/18/2014 4:55:51 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 56 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | Ben Lazarus
    Saudi Arabia is scheduled to begin building the world’s tallest tower next week, which will soar 1km in to the sky when completed. The Kingdom Tower in the coastal city of Jeddah will measure 3,280 feet (1km), some 568 feet (173 meters) taller than the current Guinness world record holder, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which stands at 2,716 feet (827 metres). At an estimated cost of $1.23bn, the tower in Saudi will require approximately 5.7 million square feet of concrete, 80,000 tonnes of steel for its 200 floors and will take five years to complete, according to The Saudi Gazette. The...
  • POLL: TED CRUZ MOST POPULAR POLITICIAN IN TEXAS

    04/18/2014 4:38:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 34 replies
    BREITBART TEXAS ^ | 18 Apr 2014 | TONY LEE
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the most popular politician in Texas, beating out Governor Rick Perry and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). In addition, according to a new Public Policy Polling poll, Cruz leads the potential GOP 2016 field with 25% among Republican primary voters in Texas. Jeb Bush comes in second with 14%. Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, and Rick Perry are tied for third with 10% each. Chris Christie and Paul Ryan received 5% each in the poll, and Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio got 4% each.
  • Obama signs Ted Cruz bill into law, but says he won´t enforce it

    04/18/2014 4:35:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill authored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would bar an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States, but immediately issued a statement saying he won't enforce it. Obama decided to treat the law as mere advice. "Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress's concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation," Obama said in his signing statement. "Nevertheless, as President...