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  • Massive tornado outbreak predicted for this weekend across the South

    04/24/2014 10:06:51 PM PDT · by Windflier · 3 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 24 April 2014 | Ryan Gorman
    Tornado alley is about to come out of hibernation with a ‘significant multi-day severe event’ that may match all-time historic tornado outbreaks. Forecasters are predicting severe storms across Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas from Saturday to Monday that are expected to produce strong tornadoes impacting millions of people. The confluence of a low pressure system and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico are forecast to fuel supercell thunderstorms that will produce heavy rain, damaging winds, hail and deadly twisters. The storm front will move across the Rocky Mountains and into the southern plains by Saturday morning before strengthening on the...
  • MiG, Aviadvigatel Confirm MiG-31 Development

    04/24/2014 9:31:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    AIN Online ^ | April 24, 2014 | VLADIMIR KARNOZOV
    Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG and Aviadvigatel have confirmed that work continues on “radical modernization” of the MiG-31 Foxhound, with the focus on extending the performance of the aging, out-of-production Mach 3 interceptor so that it can carry out not only air-defense duties but also serve the recently established VKO, the Russian acronym for the country’s Air and Space Defense (Command). Under a directive from the Russian defense ministry, RAC MiG is working on new versions of the aircraft more capable than the current MiG-31BM. Speaking to AIN at the Engines-2014 exposition held April 15 to 17 in Moscow, Aleksander Inozemtsev,...
  • Brahmos with Sukhoi-30 fighters to improve India's strike options

    04/24/2014 9:24:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | April 23, 2014 | Ajai Shukla
    The supersonic Brahmos currently has a limited range of 295 kilometres, which means targets far across the border are out of reach There will soon be a more practical way of retaliating against a foreign-backed terrorist attack on Indian soil than mobilising our 1.6 million-strong military for a war that might trigger a nuclear conflagration. Instead, New Delhi will soon be able to punish terrorists harbouring across the border with surgical strikes from Brahmos cruise missile, fitted on Sukhoi-30MKI fighters. The supersonic Brahmos, jointly developed by India and Russia, already equips Indian warships and artillery units. Yet its limited range...
  • Peter King urges immigration reform

    04/24/2014 9:20:23 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | SEUNG MIN KIM
    A House GOP lawmaker is urging Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring up immigration reform, saying it would benefit the nation and the Republican Party to undertake an overhaul that includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The letter from Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) adds to a quiet but growing chorus of comments from House Republicans during the current congressional recess speaking in favor of immigration reform this year – which remains a steep uphill battle, with the House GOP fundamentally divided on the hot-button issue.
  • Kesha Rogers' Campaign in Texas

    04/24/2014 9:06:30 PM PDT · by varmintman · 4 replies
    Nobody got 50% of anything in the Democrat primary for John Cornyn's US senate seat... A runoff will be held on May 27. The only requirement to vote in this runoff is that you did NOT vote in the Republican primary on March 4. Since no more than around 5% of anybody voted in that primary at all, most people in Texas are eligible to vote in the dem runoff. The $64,000,000 question: Why would a conservative or a Republican who hadn't been smoking too much reefer WANT to vote in a demoKKKrat primary?? There are two reasons, both of...
  • KKK Suspect Was Busted With Black Male Prostitute

    04/24/2014 8:44:01 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 38 replies
    Newser ^ | Apr 24, 2014 | Matt Cantor
    "Today in Things You Can't Unread: The former KKK leader who's accused of killing three people at Jewish centers was previously arrested when police caught him having sex with a black male prostitute, ABC News reports, as noted by Gawker. Officers in Raleigh, NC, caught Frazier Glenn Cross in a vehicle with the man, who was dressed as a woman. "It was pretty shocking because of his personal stances," says a former prosecutor. Cross later said he had sought out the prostitute in order to beat him, according to a recorded phone call."
  • FBI Visiting Gun Shops to Investigate “People Talking About Big Government”

    04/24/2014 8:30:27 PM PDT · by montag813 · 16 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-24-2014 | Gina Cassini
    “If you see some Middle Eastern guy come in, you don’t have to be so worried about that”by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsThe same FBI that ignored Russian and Saudi intelligence warnings about the Tsarnaev brothers -- the Boston Marathon jihadists -- and refused to question anyone at their radical mosque, is now visiting a gun store near you to target...conservatives!That's right, according to a new report, FBI counterterrorism agents are visiting gun shops in South Carolina to investigate “suspicious purchases” made by people who talk about “big government.”
  • Liberal Crime Victim Asks Left-Wing NY Village Voice Columnist ... Should I Buy a Gun?

    04/24/2014 8:14:15 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    Village Voice ^ | Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 | Andrew W.K.
    Ask Andrew W.K.: Should I Buy a Gun? Dear Andrew, I’ve always been a staunch opponent of guns, but my home has been broken into twice in the last six weeks. Now I’m think- ing about purchasing a gun to protect my family and home. My wife is very much against this idea, and we fight about it of- ten. I completely understand where she’s coming from, as her views on the dangers of owning a gun used to be my own. What do you think? Should I get a gun? One Shot Dear One Shot, Guns are intense. They...
  • Study Links California Drought To Global Climate Change

    04/24/2014 8:02:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    CBS Local Sacramento ^ | April 24, 2014
    While researchers have sometimes connected weather extremes to man-made global warming, usually it’s not done in real time. Now a study is asserting a link between climate change and both the intensifying California drought and the polar vortex blamed for a harsh winter that mercifully has just ended in many places. The Utah State University scientists involved in the study say they hope what they found can help them predict the next big weird winter.
  • Indian Navy refuses Chinese navy chief’s request

    04/24/2014 8:01:15 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Hindustan Times ^ | April 24, 2014 | Sutirtho Patranobis
    The Indian Navy had to politely refuse an unusual request from the Chinese navy chief, Wu Shengli, when he came aboard one of India’s frontline stealth warships, INS Shivalik this week and wanted to be shown the Combat Information Centre (CII) or the all-important tactical room of the frigate. It was learnt that Indian officers declined Wu’s request–considered a major break from established protocol followed by navies around the world -- saying since the ship was in the harbour, the room was locked and was not open to outsiders. But Wu insisted on seeing the room and his aides attempted...
  • Senators Denounce Obama for Threatening 'Entire Constitutional System'

    04/24/2014 5:16:06 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Apr 2014 | Tony Lee
    FULL TITLE: Senators Denounce Obama for Threatening 'Entire Constitutional System' By 'Nullifying' Immigration Laws On Thursday, 22 Republican senators, including even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), denounced President Barack Obama in a scathing letter for threatening America's "entire constitutional system" with his immigration "enforcement review" that threatens to "nullify" the nation's immigration laws. "Your actions demonstrate an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law, and the rights of American citizens and legal residents," the senators wrote in a letter to Obama. "Our entire constitutional system is threatened when the Executive Branch suspends the law at its whim...
  • Court revives challenge to Arizona Medicaid plan

    04/24/2014 7:55:07 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    My Fox Phoenix ^ | Bob Christie
    The Arizona Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit challenging Gov. Jan Brewer's expansion of the state's Medicaid insurance plan for the poor. The court ruled Tuesday that lawmakers have the right to sue over a hospital assessment that funds the expansion.
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program for fast-food sector suspended by Ottawa

    04/24/2014 7:47:59 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    CBC BC ^ | 4-24-2014 | Kathy Tomlinson
    Employment Minister Jason Kenny has announced an immediate moratorium on the fast-food industry's access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The suspension, announced late Thursday afternoon, came shortly after the CBC told Kenney the CEO of McDonald's Canada had branded recent criticism of its use of temporary foreign workers "bullshit" in a conference call to franchisees. A recording of that call was given to the CBC. In a written statement announcing the suspension, Kenney says "serious concerns" remain following a government investigation of the allegations raised about the program. The CBC's Go Public has produced a series of stories reporting...
  • Saudi Prince Hunted Endangered Birds, Pakistan Officials Say

    04/24/2014 7:45:11 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Zee News ^ | Thursday, April 24, 2014, | Zee News
    Saudi prince hunted endangered birds, Pakistan officials say Karachi: A Saudi prince is alleged to have poached over 2,100 endangered and internationally protected birds in a 21-day hunting safari in southwest Pakistan's Balochistan province, bringing the focus back on the practice that has been taking place for long. Last year in January, the hunting of endangered Houbara Bustards by members of Arab royal families in Pakistan had led to friction along the Indo-Pak frontier, with the BSF complaining about the firing. Any firing near the border is a violation of norms and India's Border Security Force (BSF) had lodged protests...
  • Neel Kashkari trails registered sex offender in new governor poll

    04/24/2014 7:35:01 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 24, 2014 | By Carla Marinucci
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari was already facing an uphill climb to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown this year, and now a new poll shows just how steep that hill is — he’s trailing a registered sex offender. The private poll shows the one-time federal bailout czar lagging behind not just Brown but also a field of Republicans that includes Glenn Champ, who was put on the state’s sex offender registry after he was convicted in 1993 of two counts of assault with intent to commit rape. Before his professed conversion to Christianity, Champ also killed a man while driving and...
  • Opposing Gay Marriage Doesn’t Make You a Crypto-Racist

    04/24/2014 7:28:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 04/24/2014 | Jonathan Rauch
    Lots of people compare the opposition to gay marriage and the resistance to interracial relationships. It’s a flawed analogy. Here’s why. I seem to have made an unexpected midlife career move, and no, it isn’t lucrative. After almost 20 years of standing on a soapbox for gay marriage, I am standing on another soapbox making the case for tolerating people who oppose same-sex marriage. The other day, I joined 57 other supporters of gay marriage in a public statement called “Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both.” You can read it here. You can even sign...
  • Harry Reid: I call on Republican leaders to denounce this hateful racist Bundy

    04/24/2014 7:25:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/24/2014 | AllahPundit
    Give the man his due. He may be a low-rent McCarthyite for whom no smear is too cheap. He may be an awful majority leader whose imperious tactics have hopelessly alienated the minority party. He may be dirty, having built a curiously large fortune despite working in government his entire adult life.But he sure can troll. “I used to live in North Las Vegas and it is home to some of the hardest-working people I have ever met – men and women who embody the American dream by working hard every day to build a better life for themselves and...
  • California lawmakers aim to tighten handgun restrictions

    04/24/2014 7:24:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2014 | by Sharon Bernstein
    A bill banning the sale of single-shot handguns that can be modified into semi-automatic weapons advanced in the California legislature on Thursday as lawmakers sought to close what the bill's supporters say is a loophole in the state's gun safety laws. Gun control advocates say thousands of weapons are sold in California each year without a required safety feature that indicates when a bullet is in the chamber, endangering children and others who may be shot accidentally. The bill passed the assembly 48-25, and goes to the state senate.
  • Illinois is the worst place to live, say people who live in Illinois

    04/24/2014 7:19:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Mark Berman
    Illinois is the worst, according to the people who live there. A new Gallup poll is out with information about how people who live in states feel about these states. So now we know that people in Montana really, really like living in Montana, while people in Illinois and Rhode Island are pretty sure they don’t live in one of the best places in the country. Montana and Alaska easily top the list of states viewed by residents as the best places to live. …
  • Shannon gets tea party support at Oklahoma rally

    04/24/2014 7:11:37 PM PDT · by yellowdoghunter · 2 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 4/24/2014 | The Associated Press
    Unsure if we can post due to statement at end of article. Short AP article.
  • NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting

    04/24/2014 6:56:00 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 39 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/24/14 | CHARLES D. WILSON
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country. "Right now it takes some legal research to find out where you are or are not legal depending on where you are," said Guy Relford, an attorney who has sued communities for violating an Indiana law that bars local gun regulation. "I don't think that's right."
  • Cuomo on Moreland tampering: It’s my commission (NY)

    04/24/2014 6:42:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Crain’s Business ^ | April 24, 2014 12:02 P.M. | Chris Bragg
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that any possible interference by his administration into the operations of the recently disbanded Moreland Commission would not be subject to investigation. In an interview Wednesday with the Crain’s editorial board, Mr. Cuomo responded to recent comments by Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara that he would take “very, very seriously any suggestion” that Mr. Cuomo’s office interfered with the Moreland Commission, which Mr. Cuomo empaneled in 2013 to investigate corruption in the state Legislature. Mr. Bharara declined to rule out investigating whether Mr. Cuomo’s office had sought to influence the commission. But Mr. Cuomo told...
  • Russia to call up UNSC meeting if Kiev continues military crackdown

    04/24/2014 6:41:18 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 27 replies
    RT ^ | 4-25-2014 | RT
    If Kiev does not immediately stop military operations against popular protest, Russia will call for an urgent UNSC meeting and in the worst case scenario reserves the right to deploy armed forces to stop bloodshed, UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said. If the violence in the southeast of Ukraine doesn't stop, Russia will call a special session of the UN Security Council, Churkin said in an interview to Rossiya 1 channel. “If we will continue to see what we witnessed today, if the use of force against the protest movement in the east and south-east of Ukraine will continue, we will...
  • Elizabeth Warren Offers Latest Version of Debunked 'Elopement' Story In New Book

    04/24/2014 6:06:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Apr 2014 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    In her new autobiography, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reiterates claims that her parents "eloped" despite the existence of a marriage certificate and contemporaneous press accounts of their wedding. Although the subject caused her a major headache during her 2012 campaign for Senate, Warren devotes less than 1,500 words in the book to her claims of Native American heritage. ... Regarding the broader claim of Native American heritage, Warren's standard of proof in the book is simply "family folklore," unsubstantiated assertions made to her by family members about Cherokee and Delaware ancestors. Despite a protacted public debate on the subject and...
  • Michelle Obama Bows Out of Topeka Graduation Speech

    04/24/2014 6:22:33 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Apr 2014, 2:57 PM PDT | Debra Heine
    It wasn't personal, they say - the students just didn't want to share their big day with the First Lady and deal with the security headaches that hosting a big name speaker would entail. More than 1,750 of them had signed a petition protesting Obama's appearance at the graduation ceremony because security concerns would have limited the number of friends and family they could invite. Via The Hill: Instead of delivering a graduation speech, Obama will speak before the school district the day before graduation, and will deliver remarks at a "Senior Recognition Day." *** In a statement to The...
  • Fighters strike the right note on national security

    04/24/2014 6:20:13 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 24th April 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    .....The Abbott government has made the right decision in announcing the purchase of 58 more JSFs. This will provide ultimately a fleet of 72 of the most formidable fighter jets the world has seen. Bill Shorten deserves credit for backing this decision. His instincts on geostrategic issues are all sound, which is good for the Labor Party, and for Australia. The JSF acquisition speaks to the character of the Abbott government and settles several theological questions about its approach to defence. The Abbott government is clearly serious about security. It wants the Australian Defence Force to have a high-end war-...
  • McCain: Illegal Aliens Are 'Not Going Home,' So Why Not Give Them Citizenship?

    04/24/2014 6:04:53 PM PDT · by montag813 · 65 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-24-2014 | Brian Hayes
    by Brian Hayes | Top Right News What further indignities can John McCain inflict on the voters of Arizona? First he lied to them that he would "complete the dang fence" if re-elected -- and then killed any effort to do so while pushing through a huge amnesty bill. Then he attacked Senators in his own party who tried to stop ObamaCare. Then he fought to arm Al Queda-backed terrorists in Syria; and was even photographed smiling with one of his terrorist buddies. Then McCain was seen hanging out with his ultra left-wing billionaire buddy (and one-time benefactor) George Soros. As a result of his disastrous mistakes and disgraceful betrayals,...
  • ‘Ooooh, This Is Too Hard…’ Boehner Lays It on Thick Mocking GOP Colleagues

    04/24/2014 6:01:52 PM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    Mediate ^ | April 24, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    John Boehner is most likely not well-known for his impressions. His name? Yes. Well, he showed a different side of himself altogether at the Middletown Rotary Club Thursday when he adapted a very whiny impression of his Republican colleagues in Congress. Boehner was talking about how he wants to get immigration reform done in Congress soon, but it’s not happening because of some Republican obstinance. This is how Boehner described the situation: “But here’s the attitude. ‘Ooooh, don’t make me do this! Ooooh, this is too hard!”"
  • Fitzgerald, Jenkins entering primary political clash

    04/24/2014 5:54:04 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | Feb 1, 2014 | Tim Carpenter
    Congressional candidate newcomer Steve Fitzgerald characterized the handling by Republican leaders of federal policy fights as a frustrating series of defeat and surrender maneuvers. He expressed contempt for GOP lawmakers moving toward legislation that could deliver amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. But the piece of the puzzle motivating him to enter the 2nd Congressional District Republican primary against U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins was a decision by GOP brethren in Washington, D.C., to go along with a reduction in future cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees.
  • Reid Calls For Leaders To Unite In Condemnation Of Cliven Bundy’s Dangerous Extremism

    04/24/2014 5:52:46 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 58 replies
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | April 24, 2014 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    "This is not a game.” Las Vegas, NV  – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on racist comments by Cliven Bundy reported by the New York Times.“I used to live in North Las Vegas and it is home to some of the hardest-working people I have ever met – men and women who embody the American dream by working hard every day to build a better life for themselves and their families. By contrast, Cliven Bundy has spent decades profiting off government land while refusing to pay the same fair use fees as his fellow ranchers. Today,...
  • Memos: Clinton White House used immigration issue to defeat Republicans

    04/24/2014 5:42:06 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    Notes and memos just released by former President Bill Clinton's library reveal that the administration's political team schemed to use the immigration issue to defeat Republicans. Just months into the new administration, memos were swapped inside White House offices discussing how to use immigration to knock out Republicans in California, Texas, New York and other states. In one memo to former Clinton deputy Rahm Emanuel, now mayor of Chicago, a top aide wrote, “Immigration will be one of the top two or three issues in the California governor's race in 1994, and I suspect the issue will be significant in...
  • A Driver's Bloody Run-in With an Angry Detroit

    04/24/2014 5:31:52 PM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 21, 2014 | Monica Davey
    As Mr. Utash drove his pickup truck on the city’s East Side, a 10-year-old boy suddenly stepped into the street, the authorities said, and Mr. Utash’s truck hit him. Mr. Utash pulled over to check on the boy, whose leg was broken and whose mouth was bleeding. Soon after, a crowd descended on Mr. Utash, 54, beating and kicking him until he lost consciousness and was left in critical condition.
  • Peter Jackson retitles The Hobbit part three The Battle of the Five Armies

    04/24/2014 5:27:11 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 17 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | Thursday 24 April 2014 13.03 EDT | Ben Child
    The New Zealand film-maker made the announcement following weeks of speculation surrounding the movie, which was previously titled There and Back Again. The third installment of Jackson's adaptation of JRR Tolkien's book is due in cinemas this December. The Oscar-winning director said the change had been made because the old title no longer felt right for a trilogy, having been conceived back when the film-makers planned a two-part adaptation of the 1937 fantasy fable. "There and Back Again felt like the right name for the second of a two films telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo's arrival...
  • Russia starts war games after Ukraine strikes rebels

    04/24/2014 5:13:55 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Irish Times ^ | April 25, 2014 01:00 GMT | Daniel McLaughlin
    Russia has begun war games near Ukraine after denouncing as a “grave crime” Kiev’s security-service strike against pro-Moscow rebels. Ukrainian officials said five militants were killed yesterday when special forces stormed rebel roadblocks near the eastern city of Slovyansk, a stronghold for activists who want the industrial Donetsk region to split with Kiev’s new pro-EU government. The militants said two of their men had been killed and vowed to resist any attempt to storm Slovyansk, which is one of about 10 eastern towns and cities where official buildings have been occupied by activists, allegedly with help from Russian agents.
  • Low-level federal judges balking at law enforcement requests for electronic evidence

    04/24/2014 5:12:21 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2014 | Ann E. Marimow and Craig Timberg
    Judges at the lowest levels of the federal judiciary are balking at sweeping requests by law enforcement officials for cellphone and other sensitive personal data, declaring the demands overly broad and at odds with basic constitutional rights. This rising assertiveness by magistrate judges — the worker bees of the federal court system — has produced rulings that elate civil libertarians and frustrate investigators, forcing them to meet or challenge tighter rules for collecting electronic evidence. * The seeds of what legal observers have dubbed “the Magistrates’ Revolt” date back several years, but it has gained power amid mounting public anger...
  • Japanese MP [claims] Obama CHEATS...looming divorce is 'an open secret'

    04/24/2014 5:12:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 4/24/14 | David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
    A prominent Japanese politician has raised hackles as Barack Obama visits Tokyo by claiming it's an 'open secret' that he and the first lady are headed for divorce, and that the president has been using Secret Service agents to cover for him as he pursues extramarital affairs. Kazuyuki Hamada, who sits in the upper house of Japan's parliament, earned his PhD a half-mile from the White House at George Washington University, and emerged as a shrill commentator on America's economy and foreign policy.
  • Obama administration may unveil new deportation policy in two stages

    04/24/2014 5:11:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2014 | By Julia Edwards
    The White House is considering small steps in the near term to ease the threat of deportation for some undocumented immigrants, but advocates in communication with the administration expect President Barack Obama to make bigger changes later in the year. Those steps could include shortening the time period an immigrant is considered "new" and therefore under increased scrutiny for deportation, deeper background checks of detainees in considering whether they should be deported, and protecting immigrants serving in the U.S. military from deportation. That would fall short of demands from immigration advocates who have asked Obama, among other things, to expand...
  • Kerry warns Russia of expensive new sanctions [No more discounts at Hallmark cards....]

    04/24/2014 5:03:53 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    Kerry warns Russia of expensive new sanctions Associated Press By MATTHEW LEE 1 hour ago WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine. In unusually blunt language, Kerry said Thursday that unless Moscow takes immediate steps to de-escalate the situation, Washington will have no choice but to impose additional sanctions. He said It would be a "grave" and "expensive mistake." His comments come amid an increasingly bitter war of words over who is to blame for the crisis in Ukraine that is...
  • Cliven Bundy: "Now Let Me Talk About The Spanish People"

    04/24/2014 4:57:51 PM PDT · by Third Person · 50 replies
    RCP ^ | April 24th, 2014 | Staff
    CLIVEN BUNDY: Now let me talk about the Spanish people. You know, I understand that they come over here against our Constitution and cross our borders. But they're here and they're people. I worked side-by-side with a lot of them. Don't tell me they don't work, and don't tell me they don't pay taxes. Don't tell me they don't have better family structures than most of us white people. When you see those Mexican families, they're together. They picnic together. They're spending their time together. And I'll tell you, in my way of thinking, they're awful nice people. We need...
  • Bill would allow illegal immigrants brought to U.S. as children to practice law

    04/24/2014 4:57:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Tampa Tribune (FL) ^ | April 24, 2014 | BY JAMES L. ROSICA
    People in the country illegally could become licensed to practice law under bill language approved Thursday by the Florida Senate. The change, if eventually passed by both chambers and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, could immediately benefit a Tampa Bay man who entered the country as a child and stayed long beyond his family’s tourist visa. Senators passed the language on close voice votes as amendments to a family law bill. The vote came after more than an hour of debate, including supporters quoting from the Bible and reading aloud the “Give me your tired, your poor” poem...
  • Complex rules make EU vulnerable to corruption, says report

    04/24/2014 4:54:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.04.14 @ 10:56 | Benjamin Fox
    Complacency and complex rules makes the EU’s own institutions vulnerable to corruption and conflicts of interest, a report by a leading transparency NGO has found. The 250-page “European Union Integrity System”, published by Transparency International on Thursday (24 April), is the first assessment looking at how ten EU institutions are dealing with internal corruption risks. “The EU institutions have done a lot to put their house in order; but strong foundations are being undermined by complex rules, complacency and a lack of follow up,” said Carl Dolan, director of Transparency International in Brussels. …
  • Ukraine crisis: Kerry accuses Russia of 'destabilisation'

    04/24/2014 4:50:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 24, 2014
    US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of "distraction, deception and destabilisation" in eastern Ukraine. In a strongly worded statement, he called on Moscow to help defuse the crisis there or face further sanctions.
  • Arkansas voter ID law struck down by state judge

    04/24/2014 4:46:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2014 | By Andrew DeMillo
    An Arkansas judge struck down the state’s new voter ID law on Thursday, saying it violates the state constitution by adding a requirement that voters must meet before casting a ballot. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox voided the measure in a lawsuit over the way absentee ballots are handled under the law. A separate lawsuit had been filed last week directly challenging the law, which requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. The law “is declared void and unenforceable,” Fox wrote in the ruling.
  • Nevada rancher and former Shoshone chief's range war with BLM predates Bundy standoff

    04/24/2014 4:37:53 PM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 22, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Long before Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd. Adding to that, since 2008 they've taken his money as well -- in the form of a piece of his Social Security checks. Yowell's 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- the same agency at odds with Bundy -- seized them....
  • Connecticut lawmakers consider banning day care from serving whole, 2% milk

    04/24/2014 4:34:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2014
    Milk—it does a body bad? Some Connecticut lawmakers seem to think so. The state legislature is considering a bill that would ban day care centers from serving whole milk or 2 percent milk to children. The move, according to the bill’s sponsors, is aimed at curbing childhood obesity—but opponents say the information is outdated. While the American Academy of Pediatrics put out a 2008 recommendation that children switch to low-fat milk after the age of 2 because they don’t need the fat content, others argue that the fat isn’t the dietary demon some claim. …
  • Low-carb ketogenic diet takes on low-fat diet for diabetes: Undisputed winner

    04/24/2014 4:28:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Examiner ^ | April 23, 2014 | Samantha Chang
    Low-carb, high-fat diets outperformed low-fat diets for managing and even reversing type 2 diabetes, Diabetes.co.uk reported. According to an eight-year study conducted by the Second University of Naples, men and women who followed the low-carb, higher-fat Mediterranean diet were able to come off their diabetes drugs and reverse their diabetes symptoms more readily than people who followed a low-fat diet.In the study, two groups of diabetic men and women were instructed to either follow a low-fat diet or a low-carb, high-fat Mediterranean diet that was comprised of at least 30% fat.The results showed that the higher-fat, low-carb dieters were able...
  • Seattle Mayor set to announce $15 minimum wage plan (socialist Sawant demands even more)

    04/24/2014 4:22:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 4/24/14 | Essex Porter
    SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has scheduled a news conference for Thursday to announce a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. **SNIP** Committee members representing business and labor could not agree on issues like crediting tips and benefits against the $15 minimum. And council member Kshama Sawant revealed another hurdle -- she said there has been little talk of automatically increasing the minimum wage with inflation. “If going forward the new minimum wage does not have a cost of living increase attached to it every year of the phase in it's not going to...
  • A Conversation with Martha McSally

    04/24/2014 4:06:33 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 23, 2014 | Elise Cooper
    Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally (R-AZ) is running against Ron Barber for the seat formerly held by Gabby Giffords. Colonel McSally was part of the team that helped plan and execute the U.S. air operations over Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. She also, in January 1995, became the first woman in U.S. history to fly a combat aircraft into enemy territory, in order to help enforce the United Nations' "no-fly zone." In July 2004, McSally took command of the 354th Fighter Squadron, becoming the first woman in U.S. history to command a combat aviation unit. She stood up for American...
  • After Court Drama, Oklahoma to Have 2 Executions

    04/24/2014 4:05:19 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 23, 2014 | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma plans to hold its first double execution in nearly 80 years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday. The move comes a day after the state Supreme Court removed one of the final obstacles, ruling late Wednesday that Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them. The inmates had sought that information through a civil lawsuit. "The defendants had their day in court. The court has made a decision," Gov. Mary Fallin said in a statement. "Two men that do not contest their guilt in heinous murders...
  • John Kerry Just Gave Russia A Final Warning

    04/24/2014 4:01:20 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 54 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 4 24 14 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry provided Russia with a stern warning Thursday evening — start complying with the de-escalation agreement brokered last week in Geneva, or face the wrath of new U.S. sanctions. Kerry delivered a terse statement from the State Department's briefing room late Thursday, during which he blasted Russia for not taking a "single step in the right direction" toward de-escalation. He criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for what he called outlandish claims that the Internet is a "CIA plot."