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European stocks fall as
US economy contracts
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/30/2013 11:31:47 AM     Post Reply
European stock markets slid and the euro gained on Wednesday on news the US economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter last year and on bright eurozone confidence data. London´s FTSE 100 index of top companies dipped 0.14 percent to 6,330.39 points in afternoon deals, Frankfurt´s DAX 30 dropped 0.39 percent to 7,818.24 points and in Paris the CAC 40 shed 0.41 percent to 3,770.26 points. In Milan, the FTSE Mib slumped 2.56 percent to 17,431.79 points after energy company Saipem, a unit of ENI, warned 2012 results would fall short of forecasts and that 2013 would remain difficult.

Census 2011: Polish becomes
the second language
Telegraph [UK], by John Bingham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2013 11:30:31 AM     Post Reply
An influx of workers from Eastern Europe has transformed the face of the UK over the past decade, with some areas such as Boston, Lincs, and Ealing in west London seeing the most dramatic changes. A total of 546,000 people in England and Wales said that Polish was their “main” language, second only to English in England. A total of 562,000 people said that they spoke Welsh, predominantly in Wales. Although four million people living in England and Wales--or eight percent of the population--said English was not their first language, only 138,000 admitted having no English or Welsh at

Government Gave 4,317 Aliens
2 Social Security Numbers a Piece
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Cover    Original Article
Posted By: markinalpine- 1/30/2013 11:25:06 AM     Post Reply
A report from the Social Security Administration Inspector General (IG) found 4,317 instances where a non-citizen was able to obtain two Social Security numbers, including 542 instances that happened since 2001. “We identified 4,317 instances where the Numident record of 2 SSNs assigned to noncitizens contained matching first, middle, and last names; dates and places of birth; gender; and fathers’ and mothers’ names,” the IG reported on Dec. 10, 2012. Numident – which stands for Numerical Identification System – is the master file of applications for social security numbers.



Rick Santelli Responds to Negative
GDP Report: ´We Are Now Europe´
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/30/2013 11:24:51 AM     Post Reply
Rick Santelli made a stunning observation Wednesday about the shocking report that the economy actually shrunk in the fourth quarter last year. "We are now Europe," he declared on CNBC´s Squawk Box. "Hey Joe," Santelli said, "when you act like Europe, you get growth rates like Europe, and our discussions with economists sounds like we´re in Europe. They have the same discussions constantly." "They’re always doing the right thing," he continued. "They’re always thinking they know better. And this is the kind of growth. We have become Europe. We are now Europe."

Israel ´hits Syria convoy
near Lebanon border´
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/30/2013 11:23:50 AM     Post Reply
Israel forces carried out an air strike overnight on a weapons convoy from Syria near the Lebanese border, security sources told AFP on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The attack came after Israel expressed concerns that Damascus´s stockpile of chemical weapons could fall into the hands of Lebanon´s Shiite militia Hezbollah, an ally of the Syrian regime, or other militant groups. Israeli officials said such a transfer would be a casus belli and likely spark an Israeli attack. "The Israeli air force blew up a convoy that had just crossed the border from Syria into Lebanon,"

Argentine woman becomes first
to give birth after heart transplant
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/30/2013 11:21:26 AM     Post Reply
In what doctors Tuesday said was a medical first, an Argentine woman with a transplanted heart has given birth to a baby girl following an in vitro fertilisation. Pregnancy after an organ transplant is always a high risk proposition because the drugs needed to ensure the transplanted organ is not rejected make pregnancy difficult, and their effects on the fetus are not clear. "There is no record in the world of a transplant patient who has achieved pregnancy through in vitro fertilization," said Gustavo Leguizamon, head of the high risk pregnancy centre in Buenos Aires, where the treatment was performed.

NLRB Appeals to Multiply
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 11:21:09 AM     Post Reply
Attorneys have been hard at work readying appeals to National Labor Relations Board rulings since a three-judge panel unanimously ruled in Noel Canning v. NLRB that President Barack Obama violated the constitution when he stacked the board with recess appointments while the Senate was still in session. The court’s ruling does not invalidate every decision that the NLRB has made since Obama appointed Democrats Sharon Block and Richard Griffin in Jan. 2012, but it does boost the prospects of those seeking appeal. The ruling raises questions of legal strategy moving forward.



Can the GOP Be Saved?
The Myth of the Demographic Fix
American.com, by Lee Harris    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 1/30/2013 11:21:01 AM     Post Reply
The four more years that the American electorate has granted President Obama will most likely be spent by the Republicans in feuding over the soul and destiny of their party. From the point of view of making the next Republican presidential nominee electable, it is difficult to imagine a worse strategy. After all, the last great Republican feud — the one that broke out between President Taft and Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 — ended in the election of a Democrat, Woodrow Wilson, and the current feud may put yet another Democrat in the White House in 2016.

Is your ergonomic
desk trying to kill you?
Wall Street Journal, by Jen Wieczner    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/30/2013 11:15:24 AM     Post Reply
The idea of “active workstations” sounds great. Why not burn a few calories at a treadmill desk while you work, or strengthen your abs on a giant rubber ball while returning emails? As these products have grown in use, so has feedback on their downsides. When John Osborn’s treadmill desk arrived in his corner office last August, the New York CEO of advertising firm BBDO spent nearly 80% of the day working while walking. But soon colleagues began pointing out rampant misspellings in his emails. “You quickly realize how difficult it is to type anything longer than a sentence,” he says.

US economy shrinks a surprise
0.1% in fourth quarter
BBC [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2013 11:13:38 AM     Post Reply
The US economy unexpectedly shrank at an annualised rate of 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012, initial official estimates indicate. If confirmed, it would be the first contraction logged by the US economy since the 2009 global recession. The world´s largest economy grew 3.1% in July to September. The fourth quarter period was dominated by the "fiscal cliff"--the spending cuts and tax rises that had been due to come into force from 1 January. These were avoided by a last-minute deal between the Republican-dominated Congress and the White House. However, economists warned at the time that

Bus service grinds to
halt in Naples: no fuel
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/30/2013 11:11:54 AM     Post Reply
Naples, Italy — Bus service in the southern Italian city of Naples has ground to a halt after the city transport company ran out of money for fuel. Valeria Peti, of the ANM transport company, says only 30 of the usual 300 buses left the depot Wednesday morning, and they all had to return before their tanks ran dry. The company had announced overnight that service for the morning rush hour couldn´t be guaranteed. Naples´ municipal services have been in the news before, most notably when mountains of garbage have piled up.



Unions, Hollywood open to
bankrolling Obama’s advocacy arm
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Kevin Bogardus    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 11:09:42 AM     Post Reply
Labor unions and Hollywood donors are open to bankrolling Organizing for Action, the outside group that has been formed in support of President Obama’s second-term agenda. Traditionally one of the biggest donors to Democrats, unions are considering putting their financial weight behind the group as it tries to harness the grassroots power of Obama’s reelection machine. “If Organizing for Action mobilizes or communicates on issues that are directly germane to or beneficial to the interests of professional firefighters, we would consider supporting the effort,” said Kevin O’Connor, head of governmental and political

Mass. Gov. Picks Ex-Aide
Cowan as Interim Senator
Associated Press, by Bob Salsberg*    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/30/2013 11:09:16 AM     Post Reply
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has tapped his former chief-of-staff William "Mo" Cowan to serve as interim U.S. senator until a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Secretary of State-designate John Kerry. Patrick says Cowan´s role in helping turn around the Massachusetts economy in recent years "has earned him the respect and admiration of people throughout government." He says the state will benefit from Cowan´s wisdom and good judgment. Cowan, a North Carolina native, says he is "honored and humbled" by the appointment. Cowan is the former chief of staff and chief legal counsel to Patrick.

This will bring a smile to your
face! Dogs´ toy gives pets a
toothy grin when they play fetch
Daily Mail [UK], by Jill Reilly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2013 11:06:51 AM     Post Reply
A new creation has put a novel twist on what can sometimes become a tiring game of fetch for a dog owner. The Rogz Grinz ball, designed by Porky Hefer, features large grinning teeth so when the dog runs back with the ball, he will also greet his owner with a warm, toothy grin. Created by South African based company Rogz, the Grinz ball can be stuffed full of a dog´s favourite treats, ensuring even the laziest of dogs will go after the toy.[Snip]Mr Metelerkamp, 37, had to overcome a number of design issues to get the ball to become

Aide to Egyptian President Morsi claims
Holocaust was a myth invented by
the U.S. and that six million ´dead´
Jews had simply moved to America
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Tomlinson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2013 11:00:55 AM     Post Reply
A senior figure close to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi provoked outrage today after claiming the Holocaust was a myth invented by the United States. Fathi Shibab-Eddim, who is responsible for appointing editors of all the state-run newspapers, claimed the six million Jews killed by Hitler had actually been moved to America. His comments came as the world marked Holocaust Remembrance day on Sunday and little more than a week after it emerged that President Morsi himself had once described Jews as ´descendants of apes and pigs´. Shibab-Eddim said: ´The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented.



MSNBC ‘essentially’ ran ‘a voter
suppression campaign’ against GOP
during 2012 presidential election,
says author
Daily Caller, by Jamie Weinstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 11:00:38 AM     Post Reply
By tarring conservatives as racist during the 2012 presidential campaign, MSNBC “essentially” mounted “a voter suppression campaign,” says the author of a new book on media bias. “Some of the quotes I have in ‘Spin Masters’– you might remember them if you watch a lot of MSNBC — still make me cringe,” David Freddoso, author of the recently released book “Spin Masters: How the Media Ignored the Real News and Helped Reelect Barack Obama,” told The Daily Caller. “For example, Chris Matthews asserting that conservatives were giving Romney a long leash (ideologically speaking)

Honors student, 15, who performed
with school band and drill team at
Obama´s inaugural celebrations
shot dead in Chicago
Daily Mail [UK], by Lydia Warren    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2013 10:57:29 AM     Post Reply
A 15-year-old honors student who performed at President Obama´s inaugural events in Washington D.C. last week has been fatally shot in a Chicago park. Hadiya Pendleton had been let out early from school on Tuesday after an exam and was huddling under a canopy in a South Side park to escape the rain when she was shot in the back. A witness said around 10 students in the park scattered when a man opened fire. Hadiya and another teen collapsed a block away in front of one of the upscale homes lining Oakenwalk Avenue. The tragic death comes days

Giffords calls for end to gun
violence at hearing: ‘Speaking
is difficult, but I need to say
something important’
Daily Beast, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 10:55:46 AM     Post Reply
With the effects of her brain injury apparent through her slow speech, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords opened up the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on gun violence on Wednesday by saying, “Speaking is difficult but I need to say something important. Violence is a big problem.” “Thank you for inviting me here today,” she said. “This is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for Democrats and Republicans.” Without getting specific, Giffords called on Congress to do something about gun violence. “Too many children are dying,” she said. “Too many children. We must do something.

Center for American Progress’
Christie Hefner: Climate change
a factor in Chicago’s murder rate
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 10:50:03 AM     Post Reply
On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the Center for American Progress’ Christie Hefner said that Chicago’s sky-high murder rate could be blamed — at least in part — on climate change. “Yes, last year we hit a record number of murders from guns [in Chicago],” Hefner, the former chairwoman and chief executive officer of Playboy Enterprises, said. “And this year we are already outpacing last year’s numbers. Now, there are contributing factors that are not under anybody’s control and may seem odd, but it is factually true.

Obama Doctrine Leading
America Toward Another 9/11
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Ernest Istook    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 10:40:18 AM     Post Reply
According to national security expert Dr. James Carafano, the terrorist attack in Algeria shows that America is on the path to another 9/11, thanks to the Obama Administration´s foreign and military policy. Carafano is Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He told me, “The warning lights are blinking red,” even while President Barack Obama pretends that things are under control. The terrorists, Carafano claims, showed in Algeria that they have the ability to threaten American interests. He pointed out that the attack on the Sahara Desert natural-gas complex demonstrated several elements of a


Michael Bloomberg: Joe
Biden Has ´Set of Balls´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 10:33:39 AM     Post Reply
In an interview with Politico, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg displayed his own unique flair for eloquence and his amazingly self-serving view of the political scene around him. Referring to Joe Biden’s statements endorsing gay marriage that preceded Barack Obama’s public endorsement, Bloomberg opined: You know, Joe Biden — you can joke about him all you want, [but] he’s got a set of balls, and he says what he believes. And he forced the focus [on gay marriage]. I’m sure the president was evolving

Rep. Gohmert Calls On Obama´s
Former Constitutional Law Students
To File Class-Action Lawsuit
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 10:28:52 AM     Post Reply
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas appeared on Fox News’ Hannity to discuss the court ruling against Obama on his National Labor Relations Board appointee: “It is part of the Constitution. I think one of the big legal ramifications that should come out of this is a class-action lawsuit by all of those who had him as a constitutional law instructor to get their money back. I think it would be a lay-down case for them.”

Russia scraps US anti-drug
accord after 10 years
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/30/2013 10:16:07 AM     Post Reply
The Russian government has abandoned an agreement with the US on fighting crime and the drugs trade, in an apparent sign of worsening relations. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the decade-long agreement no longer addressed "realities" and had "exhausted its potential". (Snip) Russia has been grappling for years with a huge heroin abuse problem, exacerbated by its proximity to drug-trafficking routes from Afghanistan. It has accused the US of failing to use its influence in Afghanistan to tackle the trade effectively.

Gomer´s gay! Jim Nabors, actor best
known for playing TV character Gomer
Pyle in 1960s marries male partner
of 38 years
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 10:10:19 AM     Post Reply
The actor best known for playing the the character of Gomer Pyle on the ´The Andy Griffith Show´ has married his male partner of 38 years. Jim Nabors and his partner, Stan Cadwallader, traveled from their Honolulu home to Seattle to be married Jan. 15. The 82-year-old actor has publicly confirmed his is gay for the first time though he said he was open about his homosexuality with friends during his time in Hollywood. ´I´m 82 and he´s in his 60s and so we´ve been together for 38 years and I´m not ashamed of people knowing, it´s just that it

Scott Brown Trounces Ed Markey
In Special Election Matchup
PJ Media, by Matt Vespa    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 10:00:23 AM     Post Reply
Today, John Kerry was confirmed 94-3 to be our next Secretary of State. With his seat vacant, former Republican Senator Scott Brown could make for another run for the U.S. Senate. Brown was ousted by left-winger Elizabeth Warren last November, even though his approval ratings remained high. According to TPMLiveWire on January 25: The latest survey from MassINC Polling Group showed Brown easily cruising in a hypothetical matchup against Markey. Fifty-three percent of registered Bay State voters said they would support Brown, compared with just 31 percent who indicated they would vote for Markey.

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