California already has the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. Buying a handgun requires registration, a safety certificate, a 10-day waiting period and a rigorous background check. All direct person-to-person sales are banned and concealed-carry permits are rare. But now, in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, lawmakers in the Golden State have launched into a new legislative frenzy to restrict firearms further. And they´re confident the measures will pass, given Democrats have a two-thirds "super majority" in both chambers -- which means they have the power to pass legislation and get constitutional amendments
“You come in here, brandish your little book as if I don’t know what’s in there--” “My little book? That’s the Constitution of the United States. It’s our founding document, Piers.” “I know what’s in your Constitution.” “Do you really?” That was the climax of a heated debate between Breitbart News Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro and CNN’s Piers Morgan on live television this evening--one in which Morgan came off much the worse for wear.
Quetta/Peshawar: At least 101 people were killed and more than 200 wounded in bombings in Pakistan yesterday, officials said, with most casualties caused by sectarian attacks in the city of Quetta. Two coordinated explosions killed 69 people and injured more than 100 in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan in the evening, said Deputy Inspector of Police Hamid Shakil. In another incident, 21 were killed and more than 60 injured in a bombing when people gathered to hear a religious leader in Mingora, the largest city in the northwestern province of Swat, police and officials
On his radio show this afternoon, Rush Limbaugh challenged CNN to ponder how they’d react if President George W. Bush had invoked an executive order on abortion, in contrast to what he sees as a supportive attitude towards President Obama‘s invoking executive order on gun control. “If George Bush, and Dick Cheney, and Alberto Gonzales got together and decided too many people were dying because of abortion in this country, and said that they were looking at ways to curb abortion, and one of the things they were doing was using executive orders on abortion,” Limbaugh said
The White House isn’t wasting any time on the gun control debate. After meeting with gun-rights advocates today, CBS News reports that Joe Biden will present his gun control proposals to President Obama as soon as Tuesday: After consulting with a series of stakeholders in the ongoing debate over gun control, Vice President Joe Biden will present his recommendations for reducing gun-related violence in America to President Obama on Tuesday, he said today. The vice president, speaking to reporters before a meeting on gun violence with sportsmen and women
The St. Lucie County School District plans to have grief counselors at two elementary schools today after a teacher was stabbed to death in a Palm Beach County home—a crime to which authorities say her son confessed. Gloria Farajian was a second grade teacher at White City Elementary School for almost eight years and had been teaching art at Parkway Elementary School this year. The school district will have counselors at both schools.(Snip) Farajian said he stopped taking prescribed medication for paranoia, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and knew it was wrong that he killed his mother,
St. Louis — A St. Louis teenager has pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in a "knockout game" attack in November 2011. Kwame Thomas, 18, of the 2800 block of Osceola Street, admitted to assaulting a 54-year-old man near Osceola and Nebraska Avenue. Thomas pleaded guilty in St. Louis Circuit Court on Monday, and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 22. The victim told police that he was approached by a group of people just after 7 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2011. One asked for a cigarette, but the man said he did not have one. He was then struck
There can be riches in standing up for the working class: The Boilermakers union president earned $506,000, plus hundreds of thousands of dollars more for travel expenses, while the Laborers union president made $441,000. The Transportation Communications Union leader made $300,000, bumped up to $750,000 with business expenses. Patrick W. Flynn makes $435,000 a year in his capacity as treasurer of a 13,600-member Teamsters union local, and the $30,000 in business expenses he collects on top of costs associated with carrying out his duties
The National Rifle Association said it was “disappointed” with the focus of a Thursday meeting with Vice President Joseph R. Biden and other groups over new gun measures, arguing that the White House gathering had less to do with keeping the country’s children safe and more to do “with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment.” “We attended today’s White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals,”
An American flag dangles from the Torres home, the sign of a long battle won: a new law — signed Thursday by President Barack Obama — creating a registry of U.S. service members perhaps sickened or killed by burn pits used throughout Iraq and Afghanistan to destroy waste ranging from batteries to body parts. But amid occasional smiles over the first step to formally identify the toxic effects of what’s called “this generation’s Agent Orange,” there were tears, too, in that house near Corpus Christi, Texas. Resident Le RoyTorres, 40, a former Army captain, is one of the ill veterans
The world presented in Matt Damon’s new movie Promised Land is a world in which the fracking movement, well-funded by corporate oil money, takes on a ragtag bunch of idealistic environmentalists. It’s the classic David vs. Goliath story. According to a new report, the anti-fracking movement is just as well-funded by highly organized environmental groups backed by deep-pocketed liberal philanthropists and even Middle East oil money. According to a new report titled “The Environmental Movement vs. the Marcellus Shale,” the anti-fracking movement, using its friends in media and
The CIA has opened the year with a flurry of drone strikes in Pakistan, pounding Taliban targets along the country’s tribal belt at a time when the Obama administration is preparing to disclose its plans for pulling most U.S. forces out of neighboring Afghanistan. A strike Thursday in North Waziristan was the seventh in 10 days, marking a major escalation in the pace of attacks. Drone attacks had slipped in frequency to fewer than one per week last year. Current and former U.S. intelligence officials attributed the increased tempo to a sense of urgency surrounding expectations that President Obama will
Washington - A day after suffering through the embarrassment of seeing no new players selected to the Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball and its players union moved ahead Thursday by announcing that they had reached an agreement to expand their drug-testing program. For the first time, baseball will conduct in-season blood testing for human growth hormone. In addition, it will employ a new test designed to catch players using synthetic testosterone, a substance that appears to be growing in popularity because it washes out of a player’s body fairly quickly after being used, making it hard
By nominating a defense secretary committed to shrinking the defense budget and openly entertaining a “zero option” for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, President Obama is sending a message: His promise to refocus on “nation-building at home” was no campaign slogan. He hopes for a second term with diminished foreign entanglement. His first-term record was mixed on this score. He delivered some inspiring rhetoric on American leadership. In 2009, he decided to ramp up the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. Only eight months ago in Kabul,
Chapin, SC - At least one parent calls the actions of a Chapin High School English teacher disrespectful and unpatriotic. Scott Compton is accused of throwing down the American flag and stomping on it in front of his honors English classes. (Snip) "He drew a couple of symbols, like one of them was a cross, and he said, ´What does this represent,´ and everybody said, ´Christianity,´" said Copeland. "Then he proceeds to take down the American flag, and said, ´This is a symbol, but it´s only a piece of cloth. It doesn't mean anything,' and then he throws it down on the floor and then stomps on it,
President Obama isn’t likely to have much trouble getting the Senate to confirm Jack Lew as his new treasury secretary. Though Senator Jeff Sessions has vowed to try and stop Lew, there is nothing in the nominee’s long record of service to Democratic presidents that would disqualify him for the office. Given the fight that is brewing over the nominations of Chuck Hagel and John Brennan for the Department of Defense and the CIA, there is little appetite on the Hill for any further effort to deny the president his choice to run an important department.
WASHINGTON - Twenty months after U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden, the United States told a court on Thursday it is not ready to release images taken after the al Qaeda leader´s death because they still might lead to violence. A federal appeals court heard arguments in a lawsuit over whether the government must release the images under the Freedom of Information Act, a 1966 law that guarantees public access to some government records. President Barack Obama´s administration points to an exception in the law that covers documents classified in the interest of national defense.
Royal Dutch Shell may have moved an oil rig that ran aground last month in order to avoid $6 million in taxes to Alaska, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., charged in a letter to the oil behemoth´s president. (Snip) The oil drill, which had no engines of its own, was being towed for maintenance when it ran aground on a remote Alaska island during a powerful storm on New Year´s Eve. It was carrying more than 140,000 gallons of diesel and about 12,000 gallons of lube oil and hydraulic fluid. The oil drill was eventually freed from the rocks and moved to a nearby harbor. Alaska's 2 percent drilling equipment tax is levied
In a shot heard ’round the blogosphere, Vice President Joe Biden’s suggestion that the administration might bypass Congressional participation to regulate guns in favor of using the executive order produced the inevitable choirs of “I told ya so” as Biden’s sound bite appeared to provide the proof that Obama was, indeed, coming for your guns. That’s right—it turns out that there is, indeed, a provision buried deep in the thousands of pages that is the Affordable Care Act entitled, “Protection of Second Amendment Rights”. So, how did such a strange provision find its way into health care reform?
Rush: Charlotte, North Carolina. This is Melanie. I am so glad you waited. Welcome to the program. Hi. Caller: Thanks a bunch, Rush, for taking my call. I´m a proud gun owner and NRA member. My comment is, I don´t think the Obama administration is really interested in protecting people from gun violence. I think their real agenda is to bully conservatives and the NRA. You know, put the screws to the bitter clingers. That certainly seems to fit their template of political revenge. Rush: You know, I think you are on to something. I remember back in the Clinton years,
The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is mobilizing for a massive four-front conflict with President Barack Obama over the Constitution and gun rights after a made-for-TV meeting today at the White House between Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, and a top NRA operative. Obama appointed Biden—who throughout his career has opposed gun rights—to lead his gun-control task force after the horribly tragic Newtown shooting. Biden and Holder met Thursday with Jim Baker, director of the Federal Affairs Division of the NRA’s political arm
Rush: "Federal regulators for the first time are laying out rules," this is from the AP, "aimed at making sure that people who borrow money for mortgages can afford to repay them." Do you realize what this means? Do you realize what this means? "Federal regulators for the first time..." It´s 2013! For the first time? This is a tantamount admission. Nobody´s calling it this, except I, El Rushbo, except me. I´m telling you: It´s a tantamount admission that the subprime mortgage mess was exactly what it was. It was people who were given loans that could never pay 'em back,
On Wednesday, former Alaska Governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin praised Breitbart News editor Ben Shapiro’s new book,“Bullies: How The Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America.” In a Facebook note, Palin wrote: “Please read Ben’s book and consider his advice about how we must stand up and push back twice as hard against this bullying.” Palin, whom liberals and those in the mainstream media have bullied and tried to intimidate because of her staunch and unrelenting conservative views and principles, said Shapiro’s “premise about the left’s silencing
Tim Tebow´s future in the NFL as a starting quarterback may be in jeopardy, as new Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said on Thursday he had no plans to acquire the highly popular yet polarizing quarterback. "I can´t imagine a scenario in which he´ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar -- even if he´s released," Caldwell said, at his introductory press conference. The New York Jets are expected to release Tebow after a year in which he did not gel with Jets head coach Rex Ryan and the team´s offense. Tebow is from Jacksonville, and many thought he was destined to be a Jaguar,