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  • Republican Ayotte Backs Obama’s Climate-Change Rule

    New Hamp­shire Sen­at­or Kelly Ayotte is at odds with GOP lead­er­ship and the vast ma­jor­ity of her Re­pub­lic­an col­leagues over cli­mate-change policy head­ing in­to the 2016 elec­tions. Ayotte, who is gird­ing for a dif­fi­cult reelec­tion fight, on Sunday be­came the first GOP sen­at­or to sup­port Pres­id­ent Obama’s sweep­ing reg­u­la­tion that man­dates car­bon-emis­sions cuts from the na­tion’s power plants.
  • New GOP rules designed to aid Bush are aiding Trump

    09/20/2015 12:05:30 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9-20-15 | Ed Straker
    After the last presidential nomination cycle, where Mitt Romney had to struggle a bit to get the nomination, GOP leaders decided to make it easier for one of their own to get the nomination. They figured that a GOP insider, bankrolled with big money from the Chamber of Commerce and other like-thinking crony capitalists who want illegal immigration and business opportunities with Iran, could, with proper funding, get 35% or 40% of the vote in Republican primaries. Therefore, GOP insiders thought that increasing the number of states who award delegates based on "winner take all" – where the largest vote-getter,...
  • Vanessa Williams gets Miss America apology -- 32 years later

    09/14/2015 8:27:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/14/15 | Holly Yan
    Better late than never. Actress and singer Vanessa Williams returned to the Miss America stage Sunday night, three decades after she became the first black woman to win the crown but resigned following a nude photo scandal. ...the Miss America CEO apologized to Williams on stage Sunday at the Miss America 2016 pageant for the way the scandal was handled.
  • New rules aimed at prosecuting corporate executives

    09/10/2015 3:24:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    NY Times via Boston Globe ^ | 9/10/15 | Matt Apuzzo, Ben Protess
    WASHINGTON — Stung by years of criticism that it has coddled Wall Street criminals, the Justice Department issued new policies on Wednesday that prioritize the prosecution of individual employees — not just their companies — and put pressure on corporations to turn over evidence against their executives. The new rules, issued in a memo to federal prosecutors nationwide, represent the first major policy announcement by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch since she took office in April. The memo is a tacit acknowledgment of criticism that, despite securing record fines from major corporations, the Justice Department under President Barack Obama has...
  • Obama’s Iran Deal Is Still Far from Settled

    09/05/2015 7:55:36 AM PDT · by blueyon · 28 replies
    Nationalreview.com ^ | 9/05/15 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The review process under the Corker law never began — by the law’s own terms. To undermine President Obama’s atrocious Iran deal despite the Republican-controlled Congress’s irresponsible Corker legislation, it will be necessary to follow, of all things, the Corker legislation. On Wednesday, Barbara Mikulski became the 34th Senate Democrat to announce support for the deal, which lends aid and comfort to a regime that continues to call for “Death to America.” Under the Corker Roadmap to Catastrophe, Mikulski’s assent ostensibly puts President Obama over the top. After all, the legislation sponsored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker...
  • China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet

    07/28/2015 6:24:08 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 16 replies
    Wallstreet Journal ^ | 7/28/2015 | James T Areddy
    SHANGHAI—As social media helped topple regimes in the Middle East and northern Africa, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army publicly warned that an Internet dominated by the U.S. threatened to overthrow China’s Communist Party. Ye Zheng and a Chinese researcher, writing in the state-run China Youth Daily, said the Internet represented a new form of global control, and the U.S. was a “shadow” present during some of those popular uprisings. Beijing had better pay attention. Four years after they sounded that alarm, China is paying a lot of attention. Its government is pushing to rewrite the rules of...
  • Supreme Court rules against EPA on pollution rules

    06/29/2015 7:44:32 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 79 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6-29-2015 | John Siciliano
    The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against Environmental Protection Agency pollution rules for power plants Monday, in a blow to President Obama's environmental agenda. The EPA rules in question regulate hazardous air pollutants and mercury from coal- and oil-fired power plants, known as the MATS regulations. The regulations went into effect April 16. The utility industry argues that the rules cost them billions of dollars to comply and that EPA ignored the cost issue in putting the regulations into effect. Many of the companies have either made the investments or closed power plants to comply. If the investments necessary to upgrade...
  • HHS re-writes Obamacare rules: Orders free birth control for all

    05/11/2015 2:38:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/11/15 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The Obama administration on Monday ordered all insurers to provide IUDs, the contraceptive patch and other birth control free of out-of-pocket charge to all women, rewriting the rules after reports that some insurance carriers were refusing to cover all types of contraceptives. Insurers must cover at least one brand of contraception in each of 18 different methods outlined by the Food and Drug Administration, such as oral contraceptive pills, the emergency contraceptive morning-after pill and intrauterine devices. Insurers can in some cases still impose costs to prod women to use generics rather than brand-name drugs, under the new guidance —...
  • Watchdog: Team Clinton broke ethics rules meeting with Senate Democrats

    05/04/2015 12:46:48 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 5-4-15 | Paul Bedard
    A taxpayer watchdog group is calling for an ethics investigation into meetings between Hillary Clinton's team and key Senate Democrats inside official Senate offices where political activities are barred. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust has asked the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to probe the "apparent breach of ethics rules" stemming from an April 21 Clinton strategy session in a room just off the Senate floor. The group said that the rules need to be reinforced because it appears that "ongoing" strategy sessions are planned between the Democratic frontrunner and Senate supporters. "The taxpayers expect and deserve that...
  • Hooray for Michigan Governor on Occupational Licensure

    04/15/2015 12:33:06 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/12/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Gov. Snyder recently sent a letter to Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof explaining some of the problems of occupational licensure. The governor summarizes some of the good work the Legislature has done, and outlines the principles he'll use in "determining whether to support any legislation providing for additional occupation regulation.” Below are these principles: There must be a substantial harm or danger to the public health, safety, or welfare as a result of unregulated practice, which will be abated through licensure. The practice of the occupation must require highly specialized education or training. The...
  • LADIES - Learn The RULES!!!!!! (A FR Classic)

    03/22/2015 5:14:04 PM PDT · by PROCON · 86 replies
    Random E-Mail | June 6, 2003 | Unknown
    I was looking through some real old FReeper threads and found one that has been repeated a few times over the years but might be fun again to post on a Sunday evening.
  • Click on the FCC Net Neutrality Document. Hit the CTRL F key, and type in the word "enforce".

    03/13/2015 9:35:24 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    FCC ^ | 3/13/15
    Check out how many times the word "enforcement" comes up in the net FCC Net Neutrality Document. How many times does the word enforce come up? 200 or more times???
  • State Liquor Commission Should End Rules that Hike Prices

    02/10/2015 9:46:02 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/9/2015 | Michael LaFaive
    Dear Legislators: I am writing to ask the Regulatory Reform Committee to examine why the Michigan Liquor Control Commission continues to maintain “post and hold” rules designed to facilitate tacit price collusion between Michigan’s beer and wine wholesalers. The result is to keep prices of those products artificially high, which pads the bottom line of a handful of politically well-connected special interest beneficiaries at the expense of consumers. How much does this cost the residents you represent? One study estimates that post and hold rules raise the price of beer and wine products by 6.4 percent to 30 percent. These...
  • Flags are Seahawks' best friend [FlagGate entering Cheaters' Bowl]

    01/29/2015 12:13:14 PM PST · by Colofornian · 72 replies
    ESPN.com ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 | David Fleming
    Exploiting loopholes in the rulebook helped launch Seattle's budding dynasty There's a team in Super Bowl XLIX that, for years, has created a major competitive advantage by blatantly disregarding NFL rules. I'm talking about the Seattle Seahawks, of course. Focused on 24 PSIs of missing hot air and hype in New England, we've all missed an actual rules revolution going on in Seattle that, with one more win on Sunday in Arizona, could fundamentally change the NFL -- forever. Over the past three years the Seahawks have done something no one in the white-socks-and-black-shoes, stuck-in-the-1950s NFL ever dreamed possible, or...
  • Connecticut Supreme Court Rules State Can Force Chemotherapy On Teen

    01/08/2015 11:55:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 1/8/15 | Josh Kovner
    HARTFORD — The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Windsor Locks teen is not legally mature enough to decide against life-saving chemotherapy. The unanimous decision, after a 75-minute hearing, upheld a lower court ruling that the state can force treatment for Hodgkin´s lymphoma on the girl, identified as Cassandra C. The state Department of Children and Families had been awarded custody of the child, who is "doing well" with chemotherapy at Connecticut Children´s Medical Center, a lawyer for the state told the justices. The court Thursday heard arguments from lawyers for Cassandra and her mother, Jackie Fortin, who supports
  • Here’s How The GOP Victory Could Cause Obama To Leave The Constitution In A Pile Of Ashes

    11/07/2014 7:26:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | November 6, 2014 | L. Todd Wood
    Obama doesn’t like it.He’s been repudiated by the voters, and he doesn’t like it. He’s supposed to be loved by the masses, but they have turned on him. He’s supposed to be the Democratic savior, but the Democratic candidates for the most part didn’t even want to be seen with him.The man who uttered the words “Don’t worry, you have me” has no one. The emperor has lost his clothes.Where do we go from here?President Obama is going to get defensive. He’s going to get mean. He’s going to do whatever he wants, the Constitution be damned.He’s not just a...
  • Feds issue rules for burying Ebola patients in the U.S.

    10/08/2014 5:57:51 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/08/14 | Jason Sickles
    Seven patients, including Duncan and Brantly, have been or are currently being treated for Ebola or exposure to the virus at U.S. hospitals. According to federal recommendations, hospital staff should not attempt to clean the deceased or remove any medical lines or tubes. Instead, “the body should be wrapped in a plastic shroud” and immediately placed in two thick and zippered leakproof bags for transport to the morgue. What this means for family is likely no chance to mourn loved ones at a traditional funeral service.
  • Supreme Court rules 5-4 for Republican plan to limit early voting in Ohio

    09/29/2014 7:47:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/29/14 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court’s conservatives cleared the way Monday for Ohio to restrict early voting in the state, on the eve of the day it was to start. The court granted the state’s request to stay decisions of lower courts that threw out the state’s new plan, passed by the Republican-led legislature. But the court’s four liberal justices said they would have stayed out of the case and left those decisions in place. Ohio argued that the new plan--reducing from 35 to 28 the number of days voters could cast an early ballot--could not be seen as violating the rights of
  • A word about posting satire

    09/29/2014 3:38:42 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 230 replies
    September 29, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    No, FR is not trying to quash satire. However, it should be clearly labeled as such in the title. Some people seem to think it's great trickling our readers into falling for satire. It's not. A lot of people come to FR and scan the headlines clicking on articles of interest. If they're not familiar with the author or source, they may be misled and may even pass it on to others. No thanks. If you post satire, please label it as "satire' in the title. Thanks
  • Administration Proposes New Health Rules Addressing Religious Objections

    08/22/2014 4:33:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    New York Times, ^ | 8/22/14 | Michael D. Shear
    Edgartown, Mass. — The Obama administration on Friday proposed new regulations intended to address the religious objections that some nonprofit organizations and private companies have to providing contraceptive coverage for their employees. (Snip) On Friday, the administration proposed a rule, which would go into effect immediately, to address the concerns of nonprofit groups. Under the proposal, a religious college or other nonprofit group could inform the Department of Health and Human Services of its religious objections and the department would then contact insurance companies and arrange the birth control coverage at
  • Study: Hundreds of rules passed by Obama administration are technically illegal

    07/31/2014 9:56:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-29-14 | Juliet Eilperin
    Over the past two years, the Obama administration has published hundreds and hundreds of rules — on how wheelchairs should be stowed aboard U.S. aircraft, how foreign trade zones should be regulated, how voting assistance should be provided for U.S. citizens overseas, and so on. There’s a problem, however: Technically speaking, these and some 1,800 other regulations shouldn’t be in effect because they weren’t reported to Congress as required. Yet there is little that lawmakers or the courts can do about it. The situation illustrates the obscure, Byzantine process used to create federal regulations — and how easily it can...
  • What Trey Gowdy Just Did Could Be A Defining Moment For America, I Was Stunned At 2:24 (VIDEO)

    06/19/2014 2:06:09 PM PDT · by blueyon · 56 replies
    The Conservative Post ^ | 6/18/14 | Becky Bailey
    Trey Gowdy had a defining moment when he had to explain to Congress and Barack Obama exactly what their job titles are supposed to be. Trey Gowdy lead the charge in passing a bill that directs Obama to follow the laws – ....
  • Pelosi: Boehner's Rules for Benghazi Select Committee 'Unfair'

    05/09/2014 5:43:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/9/14 | Kerry Picket
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner Friday reiterating a request from a previous letter for a “minimum standard” for Democrats to proceed with a bipartisan investigation into the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. “In that letter, we asked that Democrats have a real voice on the committee, including on (1) the issuance of subpoenas, (2) the manner in which witnesses would be questioned and deposed, and (3) the specific protocols governing how documents and other information would be obtained, used, and potentially released by the...
  • Supreme Court Rules Police May Search A Home Without Obtaining A Warrant

    02/27/2014 6:01:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 73 replies
    Russia Today via zerohedge ^ | 2/27/14 | Russia Today Tyler Durden
    If the most disturbing, if underreported, news from yesterday, was Obama's "modification" of NSA capabilities, which contrary to his earlier promises, was just granted even greater powers as phone recording will now be stored for even longer than previously, then this latest development from the Supreme Court - one which some could argue just voided the Fourth amendment - is even more shocking. RT reports that the US Supreme Court has ruled that police may search a home without obtaining a warrant despite the objection of one occupant if that occupant has been removed from the premises. With its 6...
  • Chess and True Freedom

    02/18/2014 9:33:39 AM PST · by Fester Chugabrew · 23 replies
    drbrianmattson.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | Dr. Brian Mattson
    The game of chess is never going to rival soccer or the NFL for popularity. Five hours of watching two players sitting in chairs thinking deep thoughts doesn’t seem like much widespread viewing potential. It is remarkable, then, that this month chess is enjoying global enthusiasm and popularity like it hasn’t since Garry Kasparov played IBM’s computer “Deep Blue” in the 1990s or, even further back, the electrifying performance of Bobby Fischer against Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, 1972. If you’re an average American, you probably don’t know anything about any of it, so I want to take the opportunity to...
  • IRS rules change seen as limiting free speech for nonprofit organizations

    02/02/2014 4:40:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/30/14 | Seth McLaughlin
    **SNIP** The changes, which the acting IRS commissioner rolled out during the Thanksgiving recess just before he was replaced, have largely flown under the radar while Congress has focused on investigating suspected abuses. In May, an audit from the Treasury inspector general for tax administration found the tax agency had been singling out for extra scrutiny tea party and conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. The proposed rules would create a category of banned “candidate-related political activity” — including registration drives, voter guides and issue advocacy. Under the current IRS rules, groups that sign up under the 501(c)(4) section...
  • Vanity: What were the rules for employers before Obamacare?

    12/26/2013 6:03:04 PM PST · by BillyBonebrake · 34 replies
    Vanity | Dec. 26, 2013 | BillyBonebrake
    During our family gathering yesterday my father-in-law (who is an labor arbitrator in a blue state) told me employers of 50+ full timers have always been required to offer health insurance. He essentially said the ACA's employer mandate is nothing new. I was flabbergasted and told him I thought he was wrong. He got HOT quick. So I dropped it. But its something I would like to verify and haven't been able to find anything. The subject is a big one for me because my 35-40 hours a week as a part time EMT will soon be cut down to...
  • Senate Democrats to push Obama nominees under new rules

    12/08/2013 2:03:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    WJLA ^ | 12/08/13
    **SNIP** Democrats could make Republican delays as painful as possible, such as keeping the Senate in session all night and on weekends. "We're going to seek to achieve as much as we possibly can and hope Republicans will cooperate with us, instead of just using knee-jerk obstruction," said Adam Jentleson, spokesman for Reid. Republicans are already using the rules to flex their muscle. When the Senate recessed for Thanksgiving, it did not approve a batch of noncontroversial nominations and bills, which it usually does before such breaks. With 60 votes still required to end filibusters against legislation, Republican senators are...
  • IRS Floats Strict Rules for Political Groups Before 2014 Midterm Elections

    12/05/2013 10:31:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Hollywood ^ | 12/5/13 | Kerry Picket
    The Internal Revenue Service quietly proposed new regulations aimed at 501(c)(4) organizations during the Thanksgiving recess that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, called "a crass political effort by the Administration to get what political advantage they can, when they can." Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations were apparently singled out by the IRS starting in 2010, and the heavy hand of government suppression of these groups may have greatly attributed to Obama´s re-election, an American Enterprise Institute study revealed in October. The Washington Post reported last week the Treasury Department said the new rules...
  • Rules of engagement limit the actions of U.S. troops and drones in Afghanistan

    11/27/2013 5:48:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/27/13 | Rowan Scarborough
    The new U.S.-Afghanistan security agreement adds restrictions on already bureaucratic rules of engagement for American troops by making Afghan dwellings virtual safe havens for the enemy, combat veterans say. The rules of engagement place the burden on U.S. air and ground troops to confirm with certainty that a Taliban fighter is armed before they can fire — even if they are 100 percent sure the target is the enemy. In some cases, aerial gunships have been denied permission to fire even though they reported that targets on the move were armed. The proposed Bilateral Security Agreement announced Wednesday by Afghan
  • Senate Adopts New Rules on Filibusters

    11/21/2013 9:52:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 330 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/21/13 | By Janet Hook And Kristina Peterson
  • New healthcare rules a ‘logistical nightmare’ for insurers

    11/14/2013 4:05:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/14/13
    Insurance companies say they were blindsided by Obama’s announcement that state insurance commissions and companies can decide whether or not to re-start plans they had canceled. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.
  • SEAL's Parents: Obama's Rules Of Engagement Killing Our Troops

    11/13/2013 10:52:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/13/13 | Fox
    Vid at link.
  • Anti-terror rules relaxed to let Libyans get military training in U.S.

    10/24/2013 10:08:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/24/13 | Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration has drawn up draft rules that would end a decades-long ban on Libyans getting military training in the U.S., according to documents obtained by House Republicans who said Thursday that it’s the wrong move after last year’s Benghazi attack. The administration says relations with Libya have “normalized,” and that the Libyan government has earned the right to have better relations with the U.S., which first imposed the ban in 1983 after a wave of terrorist attacks involving Libyans. But House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte and Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Libya remains a dangerous hotspot and...
  • Netanyahu: Khamenei Rules Iran, Not Rouhani

    10/02/2013 6:43:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    inn ^ | 10/2/13 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urged the world to insist on tough negotiations that ensure Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon. Speaking to NBC News a day after his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Netanyahu cautioned against Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's charm offensive, which he described as a strategy carried out to woo the West at the behest of the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. "[The Iranian people] are governed not by Rouhani. They're governed by Ayatollah Khamenei. He heads a cult. That cult is wild in its ambitions and its aggression," Netanyahu said. The prime...
  • ObamaCare Rules Reward People Who Fudge Income

    09/28/2013 8:45:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Investors ^ | 9/27/13 | Jed Graham
    For some individuals and families signing up for ObamaCare, a little fudging can make a big difference in their bank accounts. In California, for example, a childless married couple stating income of $30,000 would face a $1,000 deductible, $15 per primary care visit and a maximum out-of-pocket cost (after premiums) of $4,500. But for a couple attesting to $32,000 in income, the deductible would be $3,000, primary care visit $40 and out-of-pocket maximum a hefty $10,400. Though they are separated by just $2,000 in income, the government might provide the lower-earning family as much as $5,900 more in cost-sharing subsidies...
  • New carbon emission rules will devastate the coal industry

    09/21/2013 11:22:27 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9-21-2013 | Rick Moran
    The UN's climate change panel is set to release a report next month that reluctantly concludes there has been no warming of the earth in at least the last 15 years. Fewer and fewer people are believers that climate change is man made. This hasn't stopped the Obama administration from releasing new rules governing "carbon pollution" at new power plants that would mean the virtual destruction of the coal industry.
  • Pope Francis: Catholic Church will fall like a house of cards if it focuses on doctrinal truth

    09/20/2013 8:30:54 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 16 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 20, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    The shock waves are reverberating throughout the Church and around the globe. Pope Francis has insisted that the Church founded by Jesus Christ must focus beyond "small-minded rules" or it may very well "fall like a house of cards." Translation: Doctrinal truths which the world finds offensive must be watered-down or pretty much ignored to accommodate the zeitgeist. Doctrinal truths constitute "small-minded rules"? Dr. Germain Grisez, in a talk entitled "Legalism, Moral Truth and Pastoral Practice" given at a 1990 symposium held in Philadelphia, had this to say: "Theologians and pastors who dissent from received Catholic teaching think they are...
  • Canada PM Ready to Introduce New Carbon-Emission Rules for Keystone Approval -- Report

    09/07/2013 8:40:04 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 6, 2013 | Paul Vieira
    OTTAWA--Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has told U.S. President Barack Obama that he's ready to work on joint plan between the two countries to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector in an effort to secure approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday. The CBC, citing unnamed sources, said Mr. Harper wrote to Mr. Obama in late August, signaling he is ready to accept carbon-reduction targets proposed by the U.S. and prepared to work with the White House to address concerns raised about Keystone and its impact on greenhouse-gas emissions. A spokesman for Mr....
  • Ickes Returns to Democratic Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Panel

    08/28/2013 4:15:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8-27-13 | Jonathon Martin
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting here late last week was starkly different from the gathering of its Republican counterparts earlier in the month. There were no surefire news-making speakers like Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey or former Speaker Newt Gingrich, nor was there consideration of any made-for-cable-news resolutions, like one that tried to bar a pair of television networks from sponsoring future presidential debates. Rather, it was a sedate gathering where routine party business was conducted routinely by national and state Democratic officials in a suburban Phoenix resort.
  • NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds

    08/15/2013 7:51:46 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/15/2013 | Barton Gellman
    The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents. Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.
  • Catfish, cheese and juice: WI takes on 11,000-page regulatory rule book

    07/27/2013 8:16:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-27-13 | Alyssa Hertig
    A somewhat offbeat sport, bowfishing resembles archery, except fishermen wield a hefty bow to target fish. Wisconsin has a regulation for that. Some fish are off-limits, but the restrictions aren’t always the same statewide, said Wilhelmson, a regional representative of the Wisconsin Bowfishing Association. “I’d like to be able to shoot catfish and I’d like to see the restrictions lifted from other parts of the state,” he said. The state’s bowfishing regulations, he said, are “goofy,” which aptly describes much of Wisconsin’s administrative code, key lawmakers say. Nursing homes, for instance, can be fined if the orange juice is off...
  • Justice Department revises rules for investigations involving journalists

    07/12/2013 12:58:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 7/12/13 | David ASavage
    WASHINGTON — For the first time in more than 30 years, the Justice Department will revise its rules for investigations involving journalists to sharply limit the use of subpoenas or search warrants to obtain the phone records and e-mails of reporters. According to a Justice Department official, the new guidelines will say that in nearly all instances, news organizations will be notified in advance when federal agents are seeking their phone records as part of a broader investigation. Two months ago, editors at the Associated Press were surprised to learn that the FBI had secretly seized the dialing records
  • What Independence Day Looks Like In Liberal Land...

    07/05/2013 9:56:17 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 23 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-5-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Ok, so I don't know if it came from a liberal town or not, but if I was a betting man...
  • President Obama makes U.S. Marine break military rules by holding an umbrella while in uniform...

    05/16/2013 6:22:13 PM PDT · by tellw · 77 replies
    Daily Mail - UK ^ | 16 May 2013 | David Martosko
    Even though he is the commander in chief, there are some orders that even President Obama cannot give - as he found out today, much to the mirth of a put-upon U.S. Marine. Hosting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Rose Garden today, the president requested a standing Marine to open an umbrella and protect his head from the light rain that was falling. However, according to Marine Corps regulations, not even the President of the United States can request a serving officer to carry an umbrella without the express permission of the Commandant of the Marine Corps....
  • 'Masters' Chat.. Question! [Vanity]

    04/14/2013 2:53:14 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 31 replies
    April 14, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    I hadn't noticed this before, but why is it that golfers sometimes (or is it all the time) when their ball is near the hole pick up their ball, then mark the spot with a quarter(?), then place the ball back down then take their shot? Why not just proceed with their shot from the get-go?
  • Tiger Woods Fails to Prove Himself a ‘Better Man’

    04/13/2013 11:55:14 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 100 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 13, 2013 | JP
    I’m a huge Tiger Woods fan. That’s why it pains me that he continues to do damage to his once-nearly-pristine image. Having recently reclaimed his sport’s ranking as World No. 1 – as the Euros put it – Tiger flew this week to Augusta, Georgia as the favorite to win the Masters. He acquitted himself rather well the tourney’s first two days, save for a mishap yesterday on the 15th hole. He hit an approach shot to the green that, as bad luck would have it, ricocheted off the flag pole and careened into the creek. After taking a “drop”...
  • What are the rules for newbies?

    03/28/2013 7:13:17 PM PDT · by catnipman · 180 replies
    3/28/2013 | self
    I have a friend who recently joined Free Republic after an epiphany of realization that lead her to convert to a conservative virtually overnight, and now she's getting quite an education by reading FR. But she's frustrated because she can't join ping lists or send messages to people. Apparently newbies are blocked from doing a lot of things, but I can't find the rules written down anywhere. What are newbies forbidden to do, and for how long, and how do the restrictions get lifted?
  • Hiding a gun: The rules of three

    03/02/2013 2:15:25 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 72 replies
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | March/April 2013 | Claire Wolfe
    My friend Jack pulled the car into a grassy clearing. We donned rubber boots, fetched a metal detector and digging tools from the trunk, and headed off along a game trail. Our mission: To dig up and test fire a pistol Jack had buried years ago. The trail disappeared into a wetland, which Jack crossed with confidence. The muddy water was only about six inches deep where he walked, but I couldn't see the bottom so I waded gingerly after him. It was at this point I discovered that my borrowed waterproof boots — weren't. I squished along after Jack....
  • Election over, administration unleashes new rules

    12/13/2012 1:38:52 AM PST · by STARWISE · 38 replies
    Newsday/AP ^ | 12-13-12 | Matthew Daly
    For months, federal agencies and the White House have sidetracked dozens of major regulations that cover everything from power plant pollution to workplace safety to a crackdown on Wall Street. The rules had been largely put on hold during the presidential campaign as the White House sought to quiet Republican charges that President Barack Obama was an overzealous regulator who is killing U.S. jobs. But since the election, the Obama administration has quietly reopened the regulations pipeline. In recent weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed rules to update water quality guidelines for beaches and other recreational waters and deal...