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  • 12 keys to the GOP presidential race right now

    01/26/2015 10:20:55 AM PST · by MacNaughton · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/24/2015 | Byron York
    At the unofficial start of the 2016 GOP presidential campaign here in Iowa, the race is already too sprawling ... Here are a dozen keys to understand what is happening now: 1. The candidates who have run before — Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum — all think they can get their teams back together for another race. They can't. 2. Chris Christie is in better shape than you think. 3. Foreign policy has become as important as social issues, and that means people will listen to John Bolton. 4. Romney loyalists are deeply ambivalent about another run. 5. The...
  • Things Are Bad In Texas

    01/26/2015 10:14:39 AM PST · by blam
    BI ^ | 1-26-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland January 26, 2015 The crash in oil prices is weighing on Texas' economy. The January Texas manufacturing survey from the Dallas Fed was a huge miss, with the general business activity reading coming in at -4.4. Expectations were for the composite index to come in at 3.0, down from 4.1 in December. Factory activity in the region was flat in January. The big takeaway, however, is that as with last month, numerous business executives expressed concerns over how the crash in crude oil prices would affect results. One executive in the fabricated metal manufacturing sector said "multiple oil-related...
  • The US Economy Continues To Look Stronger And Stronger

    01/26/2015 10:09:04 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    BI ^ | 1-26-2015 | Sam Ro
    Sam Ro January 26, 2015There's nothing wrong with using a little borrowed money to finance purchases. For businesses, financing with debt is cheaper than financing with equity. One of the things that's dragged on the economic recovery has been the deleveraging of consumer and business balance sheets. Specifically, everyone scaled back on the amount of debt they held, which means their assets shrank, too. However, that trend has reversed noticeably. "The Fed’s weekly bank lending data (released Friday) shows a continued acceleration in credit growth in the first two weeks of 2015, see chart below," Deutsche Bank's Torsten Slok said....
  • US Embassy in Yemen Releases Emergency Message “Depart Immediately” You Are On Your Own

    01/26/2015 10:02:53 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 01/26/15 | Jim Hoft
    The US Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen released an emergency message today warning ALL US CITIZENS to “depart immediately.” The embassy went on to say US citizens are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.
  • Egypt’s Largest Shopping Center Evacuated After Bomb Threat

    01/26/2015 10:02:41 AM PST · by kristinn · 6 replies
    EgyptianStreets.com ^ | Monday, January 26, 2015
    Egypt’s largest and most visited shopping center, City Stars, has been evacuated and shut down after a credible bomb threat. According to AMAY and Youm7, security forces shut down the shopping center after a bomb threat was received. Youm7, meanwhile, reported that two bombs had been successfully defused at ‘Gate 1′ and ‘Gate 7′. Bomb disposal teams are currently combing the shopping center and near by areas for other explosives, reported Youm7. Al-Masry Al-Youm, however, reports a bomb was located on the third floor of the shopping center. Twitter users at the scene meanwhile said security employees are reporting up...
  • Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan Accused Of Multiple Child Rapes [ United Kingdom]

    01/26/2015 9:29:30 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 26 Jan 2015 | Andre Walker
    After months of speculation Leon Brittan has finally been publicly named as one of the politicians at the centre of sexual rape allegations from the 1970s and 1980s. Two men have come forward to say they were abused by the former Home Secretary, who died last week. He is accused of having attended paedophile sex parties at the Elm Park Guest House in West London. With one former Social Worker claiming she saw photographs of the peer with naked boys sitting on his knee at the hotel, which was ultimately closed down for being a brothel. Brittan also stands accused...
  • Dear FRiends, We need your continuing support to keep FR on the air. [FReepathon XXVI]

    01/26/2015 9:37:03 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Dear FRiends, We need your continuing support to keep FR on the air. FR is funded solely by contributions made by the liberty loving patriots who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No advertisers, no outsiders, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers. This means no commercial ads. No annoying pop-ups. No ad tracking. No mail campaigns. No spam. No one trying to control us. Definitely no government subsidies or tax breaks. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the support of God, family, country, liberty!! But we cannot...
  • Islamic State group pushed out of Syria's Kobani

    01/26/2015 9:33:01 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 6 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 1/26 | AP
    <p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kobani-based activists say the Kurdish fighters managed on Monday to push back Islamic State militants from their remaining footholds in the eastern parts of the town.</p> <p>By evening, the Kurdish fighters were celebrating and gunfire echoed across the town.</p>
  • Oklahoma lawmaker's 'clergy only' policy for marriage licenses aimed at stopping same-sex unions

    01/26/2015 9:22:05 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    AL.com ^ | 01/26/2015 | Leada Gore
    While the battle over same-sex marriage in Alabama is heating up, it has already reached a boiling point in Oklahoma. And the fight there could very well signal what's ahead here. Oklahoma legislator Rep. Todd Russ - an Assemblies of God minister- has filed a bill requiring that only "an ordained or authorized preacher or minister of the Gospel, priest or other ecclesiastical dignitary of any denomination" be allowed to sign marriage certificates. County judges would be prohibited from performing weddings and no clerks could issue marriage licenses. No religious officiant? You're out of luck, though you can file an...
  • Journalist Who Reported on Argentine Prosecutor’s Death Flees to Israel

    01/26/2015 9:18:54 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 26, 2015 | ISABEL KERSHNER
    JERUSALEM — Damián Pachter, the journalist who broke the story of the recent death of an Argentine prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, has fled to Israel, saying he feared for his life in Argentina.
  • Dempsey Sponsors Essay Competition to Honor Saudi King

    01/26/2015 8:54:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Department of Defense News ^ | January 26, 2015 | Jim Garamone
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University. The king, who died Jan. 23 at age 90, oversaw the modernization of his country’s military during the time he spent as commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, a position he held from 1963 until he became king in 2005. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the essay competition is a fitting tribute to the life and leadership of the Saudi Arabian monarch.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WOR AM, January 26, 2015

    01/26/2015 8:54:28 AM PST · by Biggirl · 107 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | January 26, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Millennials bucking trends on abortion approval

    01/26/2015 8:52:27 AM PST · by tryptolemus · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/26/15 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    A hard-fought battle is being waged for the allegiance of young Americans on abortion, and pro-life leaders see fresh signs of hope that Roe v. Wade won’t survive the millennial generation. Decades ago, there seemed to be no hope for the pro-life movement, yet thanks to the persistence of some pro-life leaders and development of technologies that show “the reality of the beautiful human life of the child in the womb,” the tide is turning toward pro-life, Princeton University law professor Robert P. George told about 2,000 attendees Friday at a conference of Students for Life of America. “I see...
  • Tanzanian girls return after escaping genital mutilation

    01/13/2015 5:10:50 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | January 12, 2015
    Hundreds of Tanzanian schoolgirls returned home Monday after spending three months hiding in safe houses to escape genital mutilation, state television said. Female genital mutilation (FGM) can range from female circumcision to the removal of the entire female genitalia. Some 800 school girls fled to shelters run by charities and church organisations, which offer protection during the months FGM is traditionally carried out, from October to December. Some of the shelters are given police protection to ensure the girls remain safe. Minister of Labour and Employment Gaudensia Kabaka called on traditional leaders to use their influence to stop “this retrograde...
  • Winter weather set to pound NYC as flights are canceled and officials warn of transit shutdowns

    01/26/2015 8:37:22 AM PST · by rktman · 45 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 1/25/2015 | Erin Durkin , Ben Kochman , Reuven Blau
    More than 1,400 flights were already canceled in the greater New York City area Monday morning. Gov. Cuomo told commuters Sunday they should consider staying home in preparation for the storm that's set to dump up to 3 feet of snow on the city.
  • Boko Haram Captures Strategic Nigerian City Following Heavy Battle; Over 200 Dead in Slaughter

    01/26/2015 8:22:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/26/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has reportedly captured the strategically important city of Monguno following a heavy battle with the army, which has left over 200 people dead. CNN reported that the military is still fighting Boko Haram for control over Maiduguri, attempting to prevent the jihadists from gaining even more ground. "Our soldiers initially repelled the terrorists but they mobilized more fighters and came back in full force. They overwhelmed our troops and forced them to retreat," said one Nigerian officer, who asked not to be named. While Monguno has close to 100,000 residents, Maiduguri hosts more than 600,000....
  • Things Are Bad In Texas: Crash in oil prices is weighing on economy.

    01/26/2015 8:14:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/26/2015 | Myles Udland
    The crash in oil prices is weighing on Texas' economy. The January Texas manufacturing survey from the Dallas Fed was a huge miss, with the general business activity reading coming in at -4.4. Expectations were for the composite index to come in at 3.0, down from 4.1 in December. Factory activity in the region was flat in January. The big takeaway, however, is that as with last month, numerous business executives expressed concerns over how the crash in crude oil prices would affect results.
  • How Obama Glossed Over His Greatest Failure

    01/26/2015 8:09:18 AM PST · by libstripper · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jan. 26, 2015 | Jack Cashill
    What amazed me is that Obama mentioned it all. Deep into his predictably Panglossian State of the Union speech on Tuesday, the president reminded the audience of the vision he shared at his breakout 2004 convention speech – namely, that there not be a "a black America or a white America ,  but a United States of America." Pundits, he conceded, faulted him for failing to deliver on this vision, but curiously, Obama did not say the pundits were wrong. Instead, he criticized them for their cynicism, their failure to take his vision seriously. This, of course, was nonsense. The great...
  • Report: Scott Walker to Include Jock Tax in Budget

    01/26/2015 8:07:08 AM PST · by Sideshow Bob · 35 replies
    RightWisconsin.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | RightWisconsin.com
    The Milwaukee Business Journal is reporting that Gov. Scott Walker will include a jock tax in the next budget to help fund a new Milwaukee arena project for the Milwaukee Bucks. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is preparing to propose diverting revenue from taxes on NBA players for public funding of a new arena in downtown Milwaukee, sources close to the situation told the Milwaukee Business Journal. In June 2014 Walker said in an interview with the Milwaukee Business Journal that he was studying the possibility of tapping NBA players' income tax for arena construction funding, a so-called "jock tax." Since...
  • New York Times Discovers Yemen’s ‘Death to America’ Houthi Rebels are Moderates

    01/26/2015 8:02:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/26/2015 | Patrick Poole
    The New York Times launched some weapons grade stupidity on Sunday with an article by Rod Nordland and Eric Schmitt citing “experts” claiming that the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen that have swept though critical parts of the country, including the capital Sanaa, are not just moderates, but possible U.S. counter-terrorism partners.Because of the ongoing Houthi offensive, Yemen’s Information Minister admitted last week that the government had lost effective control of the country. JUST IN: Yemeni Info Minister @NadiaSakkaf tells me government control in Yemen is "almost non-existent". Intv airs 8pm CET // 2pm ET— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) January...
  • So, What’s to Become of Obama’s SOTU Tax Proposals?

    01/26/2015 7:56:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/26/2015 | Bill Straub
    WASHINGTON – President Obama and the Republican-led Congress are in agreement that tax reform needs to be a priority this year but the two sides can’t find common ground on how to achieve that goal. In his State of the Union speech, Obama laid out a sweeping plan that raises some corporate taxes and the estate tax while simultaneously providing cuts for middle class families. The capital gains tax would go from 25 percent to 28 percent, and the proposal would impose a fee on the nation’s largest banks. During an appearance in Boise, Idaho, in wake of his address...
  • Obama Knocked for Chewing Gum in India: 'Ungainly Sight'

    01/26/2015 7:54:30 AM PST · by george76 · 61 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 26, 2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    resident Obama is being knocked by local press for chewing gum today at the Republic Day parade in India. In an ungainly sight, cameras caught .. resident Brack Obama chewing gum during the Republic Day parade on Monday. In the picture captured by cameras and posted on Twitter by some users, Obama was spotted removing his chewing gum while PM Modi was ... this is not the first time that Obama has been spotted chewing gum during an important function
  • Obama Knocked for Chewing Gum in India's Republic Day Parade: 'Ungainly Sight'

    01/26/2015 7:53:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/26/2015
    President Obama is being knocked by local press for chewing gum today at the Republic Day parade in India."In an ungainly sight, cameras caught US President Brack Obama chewing gum during the Republic Day parade on Monday. In the picture captured by cameras and posted on Twitter by some users, Obama was spotted removing his chewing gum while PM Modi was seen trying to explain something to the US president," reports the Times of India.Here's the picture that appears to be driving the conversation:The report has more:
  • Is Sarah Palin Too Toxic for 2016?

    01/26/2015 7:50:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/26/2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    Sarah Palin saying “Of course” she's interested regarding running for the presidency in 2016 has people buzzing. During that interview, Palin said we need a candidate who is ready for Hillary. I agree. Romney would be Mr. Nice Guy/gentleman unwilling to attack the girl. As for Palin running, a woman wrote: “I have never given up on her (Sarah Palin). I am sooooooo hoping that she will be our spokesperson. My husband says the press and Obama have tainted her so much that it would be impossible for her to run. I say that 'with God, all things are...
  • Mass Delusion among Greece’s Far Left: Victorious Syriza wants Greece to skip out on its debts.

    01/26/2015 7:44:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/26/2015 | Tom Rogan
    In Greece, the far-left Syriza party has won a stunning victory. Under the leadership of charismatic populist Alexis Tsipras, it has claimed around 150 parliamentary seats and defeated the governing centrist New Democracy party. Across Europe, leftists are elated. They see this as a historic turning point, the moment when they can put a stop to the austerity-through-spending-cuts approach. And to some degree, they’re right. There’s no question that voters have rewarded a far-left party for its far-left platform. Just consider what Syriza proposes: significant increases in government spending, a rise in the minimum wage and in pensions, and a...
  • Sorry, social conservatives: A Supreme Court defense of gay marriage won't be the next Roe v. Wade

    01/26/2015 7:28:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    The Week ^ | January 26, 2015 | Damon Linker
    The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Every year in the week surrounding the Jan. 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade, abortion foes organize marches and rallies to proclaim their opposition to the decision, which in 1973 declared the procedure a constitutional right. The Supreme Court guaranteed that the rhetoric surrounding the anniversary would be especially heated this year when on the Friday of the previous week it granted cert in four cases that could produce a majority opinion declaring a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Right on cue, social conservatives responded by linking any such declaration to Roe and...
  • 2016: It Begins. Clear winners and losers emerged from the first major candidate huddle in Iowa

    01/26/2015 7:27:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/26/2015 | John Fund
    The Iowa Freedom Summit this weekend became a major event, with 1,500 voters and 200 journalists crammed into an old theater near downtown Des Moines. It showcased more than a dozen potential Republican presidential candidates, and even though big names such as Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Senator Rand Paul, and Governor Bobby Jindal didn’t make it, voters and journalists were able to size up most of the GOP field on the same stage for the first time. The field this cycle is the most open and competitive I’ve ever seen. Traditionally, Republicans have picked as their nominee the candidate...
  • Obama Films Anti-Oil Drilling Video - From a Jet

    01/26/2015 7:23:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 1/25/15 | Winton Hall
    .... Obama released an anti-oil drilling environmental video shot aboard Air Force One–an aircraft that has a 53,611 gallon fuel capacity.
  • Hillary's poll numbers are collapsing

    01/26/2015 7:20:52 AM PST · by libstripper · 27 replies
    Invstors.com ^ | Jan. 26, 2015 | Andrew Malcom
    Well, that didn't take as long as expected. In just the past month, when no one with a real life was thinking about the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton's massive poll lead over every single potential Republican opponent has collapsed. In a hypothetical match-up, her margin over Jeb Bush, the closest GOP president, was cut in half to eight points this month, 45%-37%, according to Zogby. That's down from a whopping 15-point lead in December. Similarly, the former first lady's 15-point margin over Mitt Romney slid to nine points, 46%-37%. Still sizable margins, to be sure. But trending uncomfortably in...
  • Government of Spain Makes New Law: Muslims No Longer Allowed to Come Through Our Borders

    01/26/2015 7:13:44 AM PST · by fivecatsandadog · 42 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | January 19, 2015 | Theodore Shoebat
    Spain has made a new law: Muslims will no longer be able to come through their borders between Spain and North Africa. (Video at link).
  • Union Membership Rate Falls to 100-Year Low [Feel Good story of the day]

    01/26/2015 7:12:55 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 1/23/15 | Melissa Quinn
    New information from the federal government suggests workers’ interest in unions continues to fall, with union membership reaching its lowest rate in 100 years. According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today, the union membership rate fell to 11.1 percent, with just 14.6 million wage and salaried workers maintaining membership. In 2013, the union membership rate was 0.2 percentage points higher, at 11.3 percent.
  • The NEXT housing bubble is on the way and, like before, it is government’s fault

    01/26/2015 7:05:04 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 10 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 01/26/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    A former member of a panel created to examine the causes of the financial crisis of 2007 says government policies that were really at the core of the crash are being quietly resurrected by the Obama administration, and that they are creating another housing bubble similar to the one that burst more than eight years ago. Appearing Friday on The Mark Levin Show, Peter Wallison, author of the new book “Hidden in Plain Sight,” and the Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, said that the federal government “was the central player” in the...
  • Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up [Obamanomics]

    01/26/2015 6:17:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 1/25/15 | DIONNE SEARCEY and ROBERT GEBELOFF
    .....it is clear that millions are struggling to hang on to accouterments that most experts consider essential to a middle-class life..... Lisa Land, 49, is one of those who have dropped through the hatch. She gets by on her father’s $1,300 monthly Social Security checks and by having her adult daughter pitch in for groceries. Her circumstances are a stark change from just a few years ago, when she considered herself firmly in the middle class. Despite a relatively modest salary, her pay and other resources went a long way in tiny Eden, N.C., where she worked for 13 years...
  • Surrender; Boehner-McConnell retreat in Obama amnesty fight panics conservatives

    01/26/2015 6:16:59 AM PST · by bestintxas · 20 replies
    wash times ^ | 1/25/15 | sa miller
    Conservatives saw it as raising a white flag when Republican congressional leaders pledged not to withhold funding for the Department of Homeland Security in the fight over President Obama’s deportation amnesty, stoking fears that for the next two years House Speaker John A. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will consistently surrender. For the Republican base, Mr. Obama’s unilateral move to grant legal status and work permits for up to 5 million illegal immigrants was an unlawful power grab that created a constitutional crisis. If Republican leaders were not willing to use Congress’ power of the purse — the...
  • Snowden’s GCHQ journalists’ intercept threat revelation: How I became a risk ...Benghazi FOIAs

    01/26/2015 6:14:35 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 4 replies
    In the latest Edward Snowden surveillance document release, as The Guardian’s James Ball reported, the NSA’s British partner, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), was exposed for capturing journalists’ emails from top international media, including from theWashington Post, New York Times, Le Monde, Reuters, BBC, NBC, and The Guardian. In addition, a UK intelligence document showed that a GCHQ information security assessment listed “investigative journalists” as a threat in a hierarchy alongside terrorists or hackers. “One restricted document” warned that “journalists and reporters representing all types of news media represent a potential threat to security.” “Of specific concern are ‘investigative journalists’...
  • Nicolle Wallace Mocks Palin Over Iowa Speech: She's Shed Those 'Annoying Handlers'

    01/26/2015 6:03:56 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 51 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's official: Nicolle Wallace really doesn't like Sarah Palin. On today's Morning Joe, Wallace—who was Palin's chief handler during the 2008 campaign—took the occasion of Palin's speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday to jab at the former veep candidate. Wallace had been asked to comment on conservative columnist Byron York's panning of Palin's speech as "long, rambling, and at times barely coherent." York's column also passed along criticism of the speech by a number of Iowa Republicans. Wallace said that it was interesting to see York come "full circle," since back in 2008 he had been a staunch...
  • Chris Christie starts 2016 presidential campaign PAC

    01/26/2015 6:00:32 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 20 replies
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 01/26/2015 | MELISSA HAYES
    Governor Christie moved one step closer to running for president Friday, launching a political action committee with his supporters. The new political action committee, Leadership Matters for America, will give Christie the ability to raise money and assemble a staff for a potential run for president. Christie’s establishment of the committee came just as he was flying to Iowa to woo conservative voters in the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state. The Wall Street Journal first reported early this morning that Christie’s team filed paperwork to establish the committee with the Federal Election Commission on Friday. The documents have not yet been...
  • Federal Judge Accuses DOJ Attorneys of Defrauding The Court, Threatening Witness ...

    01/26/2015 5:54:36 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1/26/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Late last week reporter Tim Steller of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson published a piece about alleged serious misconduct and intimidation from DOJ attorneys during the trial and lawsuit of former ATF agent and whistleblower Jay Dobyns against the government. One of the recently unsealed documents, a Dec. 1 opinion by Judge Allegra, finally explains why in October the judge voided his original decision, made in August, to award Dobyns $173,000. (He later reversed his decision to void the judgment, which still stands.) The reason: The judge believed that Justice Department attorneys had “committed fraud on the court.” One...
  • Super Bowl's Arizona host may be on the hook for millions

    01/26/2015 5:47:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    CBS ^ | 1/24/15
    ....the mayor of Glendale, Arizona - home to Super Bowl XLIX - is questioning the money-making potential of this year's big game, CBS News' David Begnaud reports. "I think if you looked in the till at the end of the day, I think you'll have less money in it than came in," said Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. Weiers suspects that when the sun sets on Super Bowl XLIX, the only real loser may be his city. "I'm sure that we're going to spend $3 million," Weiers said. "I would hope, in tax revenues, that we can actually account for well...
  • Another Snub Heard Around the World

    01/26/2015 5:44:29 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 12 replies
    Tea Party Digest ^ | 1/25/2015 | Diane Sori
    In this time of challenge, I am asking the Prime Minister to address Congress on the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life…” – House Majority Leader John Boehner on his inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress Well it seems hell has just frozen over a bit as the impossible seems to have happened…John Boehner appears to be growing a spine and it took a State of the Union Address with pages right out of the Iranian playbook to do it. Inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…the world’s last great statesman…to speak...
  • CDC: “Possibility” that vaccines rarely trigger autism (AUDIO)

    01/26/2015 5:27:28 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 92 replies
    SharylAttkisson.com ^ | January 25, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    CDC’s immunization safety director says it’s a “possibility” that vaccines rarely trigger autism but “it’s hard to predict who those children might be.” (They’re not even trying.) [This article was first published on Sept. 2, 2014]A CDC senior epidemiologist stepped forward last week to say that he and his CDC colleagues omitted data that linked MMR vaccine to autism in a 2004 study. The scientist, William Thompson, said “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information.”Dr. Frank DeStefano, CDC Director of Immunization Safety A coauthor of the questioned study is Dr. Frank DeStefano, Director of the CDC...
  • Transgender teen's death stirs action in US and beyond

    01/26/2015 5:21:23 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 19 replies
    The State ^ | 1/24/2015 | Dan Sewell
    Many have lashed out at Alcorn's parents online for everything from continuing to refer to Alcorn as Joshua to allegedly subjecting her to "conversion therapy," which involves the use of prayer or other means to try to change someone's sexual orientation. New Jersey and California have passed laws against it. Alcorn's parents, Carla and Doug Alcorn, have said little publicly other than to express their love and grief for the child they lost. But Tim Tripp, the family minister for Northeast Church of Christ involved in counseling the Alcorns, emphatically denied using conversion therapy. "I do not do nor have...
  • Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker stocks rise after Iowa appearance

    01/26/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-25-15 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House. But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful. Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and battle-tested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left the crowds stirring after a nonstop ten-hour festival in Des Moines that exposed voters to 27 speakers and at least 10...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM, January 26-30,2015

    01/26/2015 4:49:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | January 26-30, 2015 | Jim Vicevich
    Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000 watt Connecticut powerhouse! Are you outside of Connecticut? Start your day off listening to Jim...
  • Top Communist Admits: Communist Party 'Utilizes' the Democratic Party

    01/26/2015 4:35:25 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 29 replies
    TrevorLoudon.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Trevor Loudon
    Top Communist Admits: Communist Party ‘Utilizes’ the Democratic Party – a Lesson for Constitutionalistshttp://www.trevorloudon.com/2015/01/top-communist-admits-communist-party-utilizes-the-democratic-party-a-lesson-for-constitutionalistss/#sthash.q0d0WQAY.dpuf A radical third party? I agree!http://peoplesworld.org/a-radical-third-party-i-agree/ In an article titled, “A radical third party? I agree!” CPUSA chairman John Batchell wrote, “At this stage we are about building the broad people’s movement led by labor that utilizes the vehicle of the Democratic Party to advance its agenda.” Batchell said that, while he would rather work within the CPUSA to achieve change, for whatever reason, the idea of Soviet-style America just hasn’t caught on with the American public. Therefore, since “the Democratic Party is also home to...
  • Steven Brill´s Latest Work of Fiction

    01/26/2015 4:14:02 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/26/2015 | David Catron
    I put off reading Steven Brill’s new book, America's Bitter Pill, for much the same reason I procrastinate when it’s time to clean the gutters on my house. I was sure it would be a boring chore that would leave me yearning for a shower. A previous encounter with this writer’s work in a 2013 edition of Time suggested that this tome would contain a catalogue of canards about U.S. health care, a tendentious account of the tawdry political process that produced Obamacare, and some hare-brained theory on how to fix our medical delivery system once and for all. My...
  • Barack Obama Official Twitter Account Follows Crude Sexist Anti-Sarah Palin Account

    01/26/2015 3:55:40 AM PST · by Bratch · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 24, 2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    The hypocrisy and anti-female gutter politics of liberals are well known, but that does not mean there are not knew depths yet to plumb.Take for example the President of the United States, Barack Obama. His authorized official Twitter account follows an account called “Sarah Palin’s Vagina @palinsvagina”.The avatar for the account is a photo of a taco.‘Taco’ is used as a crude euphemism for women’s private parts.Sarah Palin is the former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. Since her nomination in the summer of 2008 liberals have engaged in a relentless crude sexist attack on Palin that would not...
  • How the middle class has fragmented under Obama

    01/26/2015 3:49:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    yahoo finance ^ | 1/20/15 | Rick Newman
    [When] Obama delivered his first State of the Union address in 2009, 53% of Americans considered themselves middle class. Six years later, just 44% of Americans define themselves that way..... The middle class itself, however, has changed notably during the relatively short time Obama has been in office, as the chart below shows. The portion of Americans who consider themselves middle class has dropped (as has the portion considering themselves upper class), while the ranks who call themselves lower class have swelled.
  • WH Chief Of Staff: Terrorists Are Muslims Who Don't Represent Islam

    01/26/2015 3:33:45 AM PST · by Biggirl · 31 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 26, 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” when asked why the administration is refusing to use the term “radical Islam,” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said, “Lets be clear nobody denies these are Muslims.
  • Denis McDonough on Adm's domestic, foreign policy priorities ["trust funds,"tax rate,prisoners]

    01/26/2015 2:57:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Fox News Sunday ^ | January 25, 2015 | transcript
    ...WALLACE:The White House has made it clear that it flatly opposes paying ransom..now,ISIS is making a new demand,offering a swap of the Japanese hostage for a terrorist being held in Jordan.Is that something to be considered?MCDONOUGH:You know,our policies are pretty well set..We don't get into negotiation with terrorists.We don't pay ransom..we're not going to do that.WALLACE:And a prisoner swap?MCDONOUGH:We're not going to do that.WALLACE:And you would advise the Japanese not to do that......WALLACE:..the president wants to pay for free community college,for increased child care tax credits by raising taxes on the wealthy,$210 billion over 10 years......WALLACE:..during the Obama years,the top...