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  • Sage Grouse Rebellion

    03/30/2014 10:38:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    wsj ^ | March 11, 2014
    Will Obama use two small birds to limit oil drilling in the West? Almost half the land west of the Mississippi belongs to the federal government, including 48% of California, 62% of Idaho and 81% of Nevada. No surprise that the Obama Administration wants to control more. But the result could be to suppress the country's booming oil and gas development. In partnership with green activists, the Department of Interior may attempt one of the largest federal land grabs in modern times, using a familiar vehicle—the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A record 757 new species could be added to the...
  • How Conservatives Win

    03/27/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    heritage.org ^ | 3/27/14 | Mike Needham
    It should come as no surprise The New York Times would bury news of a conservative victory over President Obama on page eight. The lead paragraph said it all: Senate Democrats, bowing to united House Republican opposition, dropped reforms of International Monetary Fund governance from a Ukraine aid package on Tuesday. The real question is whether this was merely a moment in time or a seminal shift in how congressional Republicans will approach future showdowns. And to be clear, future showdowns are inevitable if we are to achieve any conservative policy victories. Before going further, it is important to explain...
  • Wyo spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation, Barrasso on LNG exports and more

    03/26/2014 8:24:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Star-Tribune ^ | March 26, 2014 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Wyoming has spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation since 2005. That was the finding of a new report by the Western Governors Association, which inventoried the efforts of 11 western states to protect the bird and its habitat. The report comes in advance of an expected 2015 ruling by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over whether to add the species to the endangered species list. The sage grouse's listing could curtail energy development throughout the West. ... Utah, by comparison, spent $8.8 million on improvements to sage grouse habitat in 2013 alone.
  • Ted Cruz, Veteran of 9 Supreme Court Arguments, Says First Amendment on Trial Today

    03/25/2014 6:49:43 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 14 replies
    Heritage - The Foundry ^ | March 25, 2014 at 9:52 am | Rob Bluey
    Ted Cruz has argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in his lifetime, more than any other current member of Congress. Today, as a U.S. senator from Texas, Cruz is making a different kind of argument—one in the court of public opinion.On his Facebook page and in a statement released by his office, Cruz has declared his support for the families who own Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in their First Amendment challenge of an Obamacare mandate.Oral arguments in both cases take place today at the Supreme Court.>>> Q&A: Tough Questions on Religious Freedom, Abortion Drugs“The Supreme Court...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz rallies religious freedom activists at the Supreme Court in support of Hobby Lobby

    03/25/2014 6:01:55 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | MARCH 25, 2014 AT 2:13 PM | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, surprised freezing religious freedom activists who had spent the morning rallying in support of Hobby Lobby's Supreme Court appeal."God bless you for being here today!" Cruz said Tuesday, after wading into the crowd and stepping up to the podium.Activists cheered Cruz's arrival after spending several hours standing in the snow in front of the court during oral arguments inside."Thank you for being here in this beautiful weather from God," Cruz added as the crowd laughed.Cruz reminded activists that the United States was founded by people who fled religious oppression and enshrined religious freedom in the Constitution."There...
  • Justices Hear Case on Health Law’s Contraceptive Rule

    03/25/2014 4:48:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 25, 2014 | By ADAM LIPTAK
    In an argument that touched on medical science and moral philosophy, the Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with whether corporations may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception to their workers based on the religious beliefs of the corporations’ owners. --snip-- Hobby Lobby told the justices that it had no problem offering coverage for many forms of contraception, including condoms, diaphragms, sponges, several kinds of birth control pills and sterilization surgery. But drugs and devices that may prevent embryos from implanting in the womb are another matter, the company said; its owners believe those would make the company complicit in...
  • Sotomayor, Kagan: Hobby Lobby Should Drop Insurance, Pay Penalty and Let Employees Use Exchange

    03/25/2014 12:27:37 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 121 replies
    CNS News ^ | 03/25/2014 | Penny Starr
    During oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday which focused on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees Chief Justice Roberts interjected that this was in opposition to what Hobby Lobby presented in its lawsuit. “I thought – I thought that part of the religious commitment of the owners was to provide health care for its employees,” Roberts said and Clements agreed. “Well, if they want...
  • Cruz, Cornyn Join Hobby Lobby in Obamacare Legal Fight

    03/25/2014 12:25:31 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Bob Price
    The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will begin hearing oral arguments in two high profile cases regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The two cases are Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. These two cases deal with the religious freedom aspects of the ACA and how it applies to individual businesses. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas offering his continuing support for the two companies who have taken the federal government to court. "The Supreme Court has the opportunity to affirm our...
  • Hobby Lobby case fuels bigotry: Column (Gay Epis Bishop strikes again)

    03/25/2014 12:00:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    USA Today (title and link only) | March 24, 2014 | Bishop Gene Robinson
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/03/24/hobby-lobby-obamacare-contraception-supreme-court-column/6838853/
  • Supreme Court signals support for corporate religious claims

    03/25/2014 11:43:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/25/14 | Lawrence Hurley - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised on Tuesday to open the door to companies' religious-based objections to government regulations as justices weighed whether business owners can object to part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. It was unclear whether the companies objecting to the regulation requiring them to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception would win overall, but a majority of the nine justices seemed ready to rule that companies had the same religious rights to object as individuals do. In one of the biggest cases of the year, the court heard an extended 90-minute oral argument,...
  • Republicans Declare Harry Reid 'Unhinged,' After He Says They May Have Helped Russia Annex Crimea

    03/24/2014 7:42:23 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-24-14 | Brett Logiuratu
    A spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "unhinged" on Monday, after Reid charged Republicans may have had a helping hand in emboldening Russia to annex Crimea. "Since a few Republicans blocked these important sanctions last work period, Russian lawmakers voted to annex Crimea and Russian forces have taken over Ukrainian military bases," Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. "It's impossible to know whether events would have unfolded differently if the United States had responded to Russian aggression with a strong, unified voice." Reid was referring to the stalling of a Ukraine aid...
  • Reid says GOP may have helped Russia annex Crimea

    03/24/2014 2:23:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 82 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 24, 2014 4:31 PM EDT | Bradley Klapper
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Republicans may have helped Russia annex Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in a surprisingly sharp attack ahead of a test vote on a bill authorizing more U.S. sanctions on Russia and $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine. […] Reid’s charge comes despite widespread support among Republicans and Democrats in Congress for providing Ukraine with much-needed economic assistance and hitting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government with sanctions. …
  • Reid Remarks On Ukraine Aid Bill And The Anniversary Of The Affordable Care Act

    03/24/2014 5:30:35 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | March 24, 2014 | | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    As we begin debate on this aid and sanctions package, I also hope that Republicans who stopped action on this legislation prior to the break have considered how their obstruction affects United States’ national security.” “In light of such clear-cut Russian aggression against Ukraine, it’s difficult to believe Republicans blocked this package at all. But it’s almost unimaginable why they blocked it – to protect the anonymity of their own big-money donors. ““Democrats fought hard four years ago to pass this landmark expansion of quality, affordable health care. And we will fight just as hard to make this law work...
  • Ted Cruz Leads GOP's Fight Against IMF Expansion in Ukraine Aid Package

    03/24/2014 1:43:33 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Heritage "The Foundry" ^ | March 22, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Rob Bluey
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–Nev.) is facing a revolt among Republicans for adding controversial language to an aid package for Ukraine.The Senate is expected to vote on the Ukraine measure next week. The controversial provisions, which have support of the Obama administration and liberals from both parties, would increase U.S. financial support to the International Monetary Fund.A growing number of Republicans warn that attaching the IMF language would reduce U.S. power while expanding Russia’s influence on the global stage in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.>>> Q&A: Why Do Conservatives Oppose the IMF Reform Package?Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz...
  • Cory Booker: My dinner with Ted Cruz

    03/20/2014 2:34:22 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/20/14 8:41 AM EDT | TAL KOPAN
    “First of all, he’s a Texas meat-eating cowboy, I’m a Jersey boy, vegetarian, so choosing the restaurant alone,” Booker joked Thursday when asked about the meeting on “Good Day New York” on the local Fox affiliate.Booker and the Texas Republican were spotted dining together at Capitol Hill restaurant Bistro Bis last week.(Also on POLITICO: Booker shuns spotlight)“We went to a place close to the Capitol and we sat, what was going to probably be an hour meeting, we sat for three hours,” Booker said. “He and I sat for three hours looking for common ground. We found some good areas...
  • FBI blocked in corruption probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee (Long piece, DOJ involved)

    03/13/2014 6:30:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 13, 2014 | John Solomon
    Agents quietly working with Utah prosecutors to make case in DOJ absenceFBI agents working alongside Utah state prosecutors in a wide-ranging corruption investigation have uncovered accusations of wrongdoing by two of the U.S. Senate’s most prominent figures — Majority Leader Harry Reid and rising Republican Sen. Mike Lee — but the Justice Department has thwarted their bid to launch a full federal investigation. The probe, conducted by one Republican and one Democratic state prosecutor in Utah, has received accusations from an indicted businessman and political donor, interviewed other witnesses and gathered preliminary evidence such as financial records, Congressional Record statements...
  • Polygamous family with five wives and 24 CHILDREN says their new reality show is as liberating as..

    03/10/2014 5:45:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    AP ^ | March 10, 2014 | Staff
    The newest Utah polygamous family featured in a reality TV show says sharing their story with a wide audience has been liberating. Brady Williams and his five wives were a bit apprehensive ahead of the airing of a pilot episode in September, but they said this week an interview with The Associated Press that it felt liberating to be open about who they are and what they believe. 'It really is like coming out of the closet,' said Brady Williams, 43. 'It's very liberating.'
  • Threat of sage grouse endangered species listing is real, could cost Utah billions

    03/05/2014 9:22:47 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 18 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    The sage grouse's potential addition to the endangered species list is a problem of epic economic consequences to states in the West, with Herbert explaining that the impact in lost economic development in Utah tops $41 billion for the oil and gas industry alone. "The negative impacts are not acceptable to me and should not be acceptable to anyone here," Herbert told the crowd. The event at the Utah Department of Natural Resources' auditorium is actually a precursor to a national summit that will be held in Salt Lake City this fall. ... a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision...
  • Sage-grouse could become mining’s ‘Spotted Owl on Steroids’ - AMEA

    02/27/2014 9:31:25 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    MINEWEB ^ | 04 Feb 2014 | Dorothy Kosich
    Federal designation of the Greater Sage-grouse as threatened or endangered could result in the withdrawal of over 17 million acres from mining ... Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service of making an unprecedented attempted to limit multiple use on public lands through use of “the Spotted Owl on Steroids”—the Greater Sage-Grouse. ... BLM and Forest Service’s real purpose “is NOT sage-grouse conservation.” “Rather, the so-called conservation measures are designed to: Find another way to implement the draconian land use restrictions in the aborted Wild Lands Policy and Secretarial Order 3310; Dramatically reduce and even prevent mining, energy...
  • Two States Look to Raise Legal Smoking Age to 21

    02/23/2014 12:52:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | February 21, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    Lawmakers in Utah and Colorado are promoting legislation to raise the legal age for tobacco use to 21, a higher standard than imposed by any other state, saying they want to discourage young people from picking up a lifelong smoking habit. Supporters say keeping tobacco out of the hands of young adults will save thousands of lives, even as critics complain that Americans who are old enough to vote and serve in the military should not be deemed too young to decide on their own if they should smoke. In a dramatic display of the risks of smoking, lawmakers in...