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Auditors: $230 million in Labor Dept.
grants had no criteria for success
Washington Guardian, by Phillip Swarts    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2013 5:38:29 AM     Post Reply
You´d expect a program to help train workers in new skills would have grades to measure how well the students learned. And you´d expect the program itself to be graded on whether it actually helped those students find employment after they graduated. But that´s precisely what a Labor Department jobs program failed to measure for grants it made in 2010 and 2011, auditors say. Facing rising unemployment nationwide, the Labor Department Employment and Training Administration (ETA) used a discretionary grant program to support schools and businesses that were training workers and helping them find jobs.

Beautiful And Deadly: Meet The
Women Warfighters Of Israel
Business Insider, by Geoffrey Ingersoll    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/26/2013 5:33:06 AM     Post Reply
When Cpl. "S." came upon Cpl. Netanel Yahalomi, she knew he was finished. "I ran under fire until I reached Netanel, but when I saw his condition, I told my commander there was nothing we could do to save him and we must move on,” she said. Cpl. "S.," who´s identity is anonymous for security purposes, and her unit closed with the enemy. Shots were exchanged. Two terrorists lay dead. From a distance of at least 100 meters, Cpl. "S." and fellow soldiers had dispatched the enemy. Later she´d get an award for her heroism,

Hillary’s Little Helpers
American Spectator, by Matt Purple    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2013 5:16:26 AM     Post Reply
The late Christopher Hitchens was one of Hillary Clinton’s most bullish critics. When Clinton was nominated to be secretary of state, he noted a chasm of opinion: “It still divides us,” he said on Hardball, “as between those of us who think that a job must be found for Hillary Clinton, that the country would be somehow disgraced if she wasn’t in an important position, and those of us who could do without her.” Hitchens’ main concern was that Clinton would use her leverage as secretary of state to benefit foreign friends and cronies.



A lesson for professor Obama
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/26/2013 5:11:06 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were ruled unconstitutional yesterday by a three-judge panel from the federal Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The case is a major blow to Obama’s labor-friendly NLRB, and it reins in an executive power that Obama was using to pervert the intent of the Founders. Under the Constitution, the president can bypass the Senate’s advise-and-consent role only when it is in recess. But a day after the session began last year, Obama nonetheless named three members to the NLRB without hearings — claiming the body was technically in recess

Lots of Camelot
Associated Press, by Rodrique Ngowi    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/26/2013 5:09:33 AM     Post Reply
BOSTON — The family of a former special assistant to President John F. Kennedy is auctioning hundreds of photographs, documents, gifts and other memorabilia that once belonged to the late president. David Powers, who died in 1998, was a close personal friend to Kennedy and his wife, Jackie. He also was the first curator of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston until he retired in 1994. Powers’ family found “an extraordinary collection” of memorabilia locked away last year as they prepared to sell the family home, according to John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury, Mass.
Source corrected by Staff.

The Audacity of Nope
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2013 5:05:18 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has gone on the offensive at the beginning of his second term, and Republicans aren’t happy campers. Of course, every Republican camp is unhappy in its own way. There are the lamenters. Shouldn’t Obama have been less partisan in his Inaugural Address? (Snip)So what’s to be done? Here’s the outline of a three-step program. The first is to remember the words of Pope John Paul II: Be not afraid. The odds against Republicans and conservatives have been much worse in the past. A little courage now would go a long way.

Rubio shows opposition to
immigration reform is an inch deep
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2013 4:58:02 AM     Post Reply
I’ve certainly been pleasantly surprised by the popularity of Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration policy among tough conservatives. From Grover Norquist to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to Sean Hannity, Rubio has gotten favorable to glowing reviews from previously hard-line opponents of comprehensive immigration reform. On Wednesday he was pitching his plan on staunch conservative Mark Levin’s radio show. At one point (at the 4:30 mark) Rubio called the current system “de facto immigration,” meaning that by not enforcing current law we are already giving those here illegally a free pass. For Levin, this was compelling.



It’s time to take on the media
Legal Insurrection, by Anne Sorock    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2013 4:55:27 AM     Post Reply
Ace of Spades blog has posted a piece documenting the void of a Fourth Estate in America today, enjoining all of us who have been following its malpractice to do something: The media no longer hides it in their actions. They are fully fused with the Obama Administration and DNC. The only way in which they do hide it is by simply lying when confronted about it: They’ll issue a snide denial, then go about doing precisely what it is they were accused of doing. As I learned while interviewing veteran Kevin Tully,

Sarah Palin Out At
Fox News Channel
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2013 4:50:48 AM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Fox News Channel are parting ways, according to a report in Real Clear Politics. After three years as a paid contributor for the channel, FNC and the former Republican vice presidential nominee have decided to cut ties. A source close to Palin told Real Clear Politics that it was the governor’s decision not to renew their contract. “It’s my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by FOX, and she decided not to renew the arrangement,” the source close to Palin told RCP.

Woman Sues Match.Com
After Date Attacks Her
ABC News, by Russell Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2013 4:44:17 AM     Post Reply
A Las Vegas woman is suing Match.com for $10 million, after the online dating service allegedly paired her with a man who stabbed her 10 times in the face and chest in an attempt to kill her. Mary Kay Beckman, 50, claims in a lawsuit filed earlier this month that she joined the website looking for a "healthy loving relationship," but instead was nearly killed. Beckman says she went on a few dates in October 2011 with Wade Ridley, but after ending the relationship came home one day to find him in her garage with a knife.

How the fate of gun control is
tied to presidential popularity
Guardian [UK], by Harry J. Enten    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2013 4:35:14 AM     Post Reply
Want to know how people feel about President Obama´s gun control plan? Simply ask whether they approve or disapprove of how the president and his administration are doing their job. The two questions are nearly perfectly linked, and that could have major consequences for the future of gun control legislation. The latest ABC/Washington Post polls prove the strong relationship. Many individual gun proposals are highly popular. In fact, seven tested gun measures, including background checks and bans on assault weapons and semi-automatic handguns, have majority support ranging from 51% to 88%.



Rahm Emanuel presses banks on guns
Politico, by Jonathan Martin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2013 4:27:18 AM     Post Reply
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, moving to take a lead role in the gun control debate, is turning up the pressure on banks that do business with firearms manufacturers. Emanuel is sending letters to two major financial institutions, TD Bank and Bank of America, which offer lines of credit to gun makers suggesting that they stop lending money to the manufacturers if they don’t come out for new gun restrictions. “TD Bank currently aids the gun manufacturing industry through a $60 million revolving line of credit with Smith & Wesson, a gun manufacturer that produces the AR-15 —

Hillary’s lesson in escaping
the blame game
Washington Times [DC], by Col. Ken Allard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2013 3:09:54 AM     Post Reply
If you thought the long-anticipated Hillary hearings were going to be a feet-to-the fire payback for Benghazigate, then maybe you should think again. In her back-to-back appearances Wednesday, departing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left Senate and House Republicans hitless, winless and basically befuddled. Little Leaguers enjoy a 10-run rule that brings such uneven contests to merciful endings — so the little nippers can lick their wounds and try again another day. If Congress had anything similar, Mrs. Clinton might have ended her testimony hours earlier, beaten rush-hour traffic

Muslim women finally able to
embrace manicures thanks to new
´breathable´ nail polish that
fits religious restrictions
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2013 3:00:16 AM     Post Reply
A ´breathable´ nail polish, which allows water vapors to pass through to the nail, is causing a stir among devout Muslim women who are unable to wear regular polish because of the washing involved in daily prayers. Muslims´ pre-prayer ritual includes washing the arms and face completely, where water must touch every surface - an impossible feat if a layer of paint is covering the nails. But Inglot Cosmetics, a company from Poland which is available in the U.S. at Macy´s, has released a new line of permeable polish called O2M which will

Obama’s Declaration of Collectivism - Thread Closed
National Review Online, by Larry Kudlow    Original Article
Posted By: steveW- 1/26/2013 2:59:28 AM     Post Reply
One of the least remarked upon aspects of President Obama’s inaugural speech was his attempt to co-opt the Founding Fathers’ Declaration of Independence to bolster his liberal-left agenda. Sure, the president quoted one of the most important sentences in world history: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” So far, so good.



PBS Special Follows the
´Rise of the Drones´
U.S. News & World Report, by Jason Koebler    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2013 2:51:13 AM     Post Reply
Over the past three years, American unmanned aerial vehicles—or drones—have killed hundreds of people, both suspected terrorists and civilians, in Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan. During that time, they´ve proved to be useful for situations where using ground soldier or manned planes is deemed too risky. Now, drones come in all different shapes and sizes and can be used for a wide variety of tasks, such as surveillance, natural disaster monitoring, search-and-rescue, and border patrol. Government officials and companies have started to see the potential domestic uses for drones, and last year, Congress required

President Obama meets with
Hispanic Congressional leaders
to discuss immigration reform
as he prepares for legislative
push on issue next week
Daily Mail (UK), by Damian Ghigliotty    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2013 2:45:43 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama and senior administration officials met with leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus at the White House this morning to discuss the need for immigration reform as a way to revive the country’s dwindling middle class. The president is getting ready to launch a campaign next week aimed at overhauling the nation´s immigration system and creating legal status for millions of people living in the U.S. undocumented. One of the central themes of Friday´s conversation with the group of Democratic representatives was equal opportunity for U.S. citizens, whether those citizens were born

Darrell Issa: NLRB recess
appointees should step down now
Washington Examiner [DC], by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/26/2013 2:37:20 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, emailed reporters the following statement in reaction to today’s ruling by the DC Court of Appeals that President Obama’s recess appointees to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional: The President, who taught Constitutional law, should’ve known better. As the Oversight Committee examined in a hearing a year ago, President Obama’s appointments looked like an obvious election-year pander to big labor bosses. Today, we know that it is American workers who are going to pay the price for the Administration’s arrogant miscalculation.

Proposal to ban welfare
recipients from playing lottery
WTVD-TV [Raleigh NC], by Staff and Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/26/2013 2:04:54 AM     Post Reply
Raleigh, N.C. -- North Carolina lawmakers are drafting legislation that would ban people on welfare or those who are in bankruptcy from buying lottery tickets. Rep. Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake is helping draft the legislation. Stam told ABC11 the vendor selling the lottery ticket would be penalized if they knew the person was on welfare or in bankruptcy. That stipulation is not sitting well with some convenience store clerks that don´t want to be left to enforce a new law.
Source corrected by Staff.

More signs that global
warming is just hot air
Daily Express [UK], by John Ingham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/26/2013 12:41:14 AM     Post Reply
Global warming is likely to be less extreme than claimed, researchers said yesterday. The most likely temperature rise will be 1.9C (3.4F) compared with the 3.5C predicted by the Intergovern­mental Panel on Climate Change. The Norwegian study says earlier predictions were based on rapid warming in the Nineties. But Oslo University’s department of geosciences included data since 2000 when temperature rises “levelled off nearly completely”. Professor Terje Berntsen said: “The Earth’s mean temperature rose sharply during the ­Nineties. This may have caused us to overestimate climate sensitivity. We are most likely witnessing natural fluctuations in the climate system


Court rejects EPA biofuel mandate
Houston Chronicle, by Zain Shauk    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/26/2013 12:37:13 AM     Post Reply
A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday canceled a mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency that required refiners to buy cellulosic biofuels as a way of supporting the nascent alternative fuel industry. Cellulosic biofuel is ethanol fermented from products other than corn, which is the major source of biofuel production in the United States. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the mandate for 2012, which would have held oil refiners accountable for purchasing 8.65 million of gallons

Obama recess appointments
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/26/2013 12:33:45 AM     Post Reply
In a case freighted with major constitutional implications, a federal appeals court on Friday overturned President Obama’s controversial recess appointments from last year, ruling he abused his powers and acted when the Senate was not actually in a recess. The three-judge panel’s ruling is a major blow to Mr. Obama. The judges ruled that the appointments he made to the National Labor Relations Board are illegal, and hence the five-person board did not have a quorum to operate. But the ruling has even broader constitutional significance

We have the freedom to
choose what we eat -
so let’s savour it
Telegraph [UK], by Graeme Archer    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/26/2013 12:33:37 AM     Post Reply
What did you have for breakfast? I bet you didn’t know that you had little choice in the matter. At least Imran Hussain, of the Child Poverty Action Group, seems to think so. When the public health minister, Anna Soubry, pointed out that there are too many obese people, he agreed, but angrily: “Rather than blaming parents, ministers should look at the piles of evidence that make it absolutely clear that the real reason why our obesity problem is going to get bigger in the years ahead is because our child poverty problem is going to get much bigger

Recipe for conservative revival
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/26/2013 12:31:38 AM     Post Reply
Happy days are not here again, but they are coming for conservatives. Barack Obama — with the lowest approval rating (according to Gallup, 50 percent, four points lower than that of the National Rifle Association) of any reelected president when inaugurated since World War II — has a contradictory agenda certain to stimulate a conservative revival. Consider his vow to expend political capital on climate change. The absurdity of the Kyoto approach — global climate treaties agreed to by 190 nations — is now obvious even to most former enthusiasts. Obama can propose cutting U.S. fossil-fuel emissions

Kerry Runs Interference for Obama´s
Pivot from Middle East to Asia
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/26/2013 12:30:44 AM     Post Reply
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), who is planning a trip to Israel and the Palestinian territories next month, is trying to contest rumors that Barack Obama wants to “pivot” on foreign policy from the Middle East to Asia. Kerry said at his Thursday confirmation hearing for Secretary of State: I want to take on the word "pivot." I think "pivot" implies that we´re turning away from somewhere else. I want to emphasize we are not turning away from anywhere else. Whatever we do in [Asia] should not come, and I hope will not come, at the expense of relationships in Europe or the in the Mid-East or elsewhere. It can't.

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