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Tagg Romney won´t seek
Senate seat
UPI, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/4/2013 7:33:35 PM     Post Reply
Boston--Tagg isn´t it. The son of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said he won´t be a Republican candidate in a special election for the U.S. Senate. Tagg Romney played a high-profile role in his father´s unsuccessful presidential campaign last year, acting as a top surrogate and behind-the-scenes adviser and strategist. He told the Boston Herald in a statement GOP Republican candidate in a race to fill former Sen. John Kerry´s seat after Kerry was confirmed secretary of state last week. "I have been humbled by the outreach I received this weekend encouraging me to become a candidate

Obama´s Big Spending Ways
Will Mean More Tax Hikes
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/4/2013 7:32:56 PM     Post Reply
Taxes: President Obama said over the weekend that there is "no doubt" the federal government needs more revenues. But that´s true only if you assume Obama´s oversized government is here to stay. In his Super Bowl Sunday interview with Obama, CBS News anchor Scott Pelley asked him if, after having just wrangled a major tax increase on wealthier families, he was done with tax hikes. Obama´s answer: No way. "There is no doubt," he said, "we need additional revenue." No doubt? Really? This after Obama raised taxes $500 billion to help pay for ObamaCare, and after he piled

Karl Rove
leading effort
to stop the Tea Party
and conservative grass roots
Canada Free Press, by Robert Laurie    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 2/4/2013 7:32:43 PM     Post Reply
If there was one big loser on November 6th - other than Mitt Romney - it was Karl Rove. Despite trying to portray himself as little more than an observer, “the architect” had his hands all over the election. Via his two political organizations, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies and American Crossroads, Rove squandered hundreds of millions of dollars and came away with absolutely nothing to show for it. First, he spent months bragging that he’d managed to raise $300 million to spend in the upcoming contest

  


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Carney Tries to Walk Back
Obama´s Boasting on
Skeet Shooting
Breitbart Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2013 7:00:52 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama, in an attempt to appear sympathetic to gun owners´ concerns as he pursues a gun-banning agenda in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, recently bragged that he goes skeet shooting at Camp David “all the time.” Responding to the blowback from skeptics who doubted Obama was telling the unvarnished truth (Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) challenged Obama to a skeet shooting contest), the White House not only released a photo of Obama shooting skeet, but White House press secretary Jay Carney also tried to water down Obama’s statement. Carney claimed Obama had “never pretended to or

Obama still backs new gun
ban; top senator less certain
CNN, by Tom Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2013 6:54:12 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama on Monday reiterated his call for a comprehensive package of steps against gun violence as the focus on possible Senate legislation appeared to narrow to expanded background checks and limited ammunition magazines, rather than a ban on semi-automatic rifles that mimic assault weapons. Obama took part in a discussion with Minneapolis officials before telling police officers and others that an increase in gun violence nationwide, including the Connecticut school massacre in December, made it vital to address the issue now. "No law or set of laws can keep our children completely safe," Obama said

Revealed: Marine who ´killed´
famous sniper threatened to
´blow his brains out and
kill his family months before
shooting two men at gun range’
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2013 6:47:43 PM     Post Reply
Police now say that the former marine accused of killing the country’s best sniper and another man at a shooting range now says that he threatened to kill himself and his family back in September and he was hospitalized. A police report from the September 2 incident states they were alerted to the threat when they received a call about 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, who is now in jail on two murder counts for allegedly killing Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. ‘Eddie stated he was hurting and that his family does not understand what he has been through,’

Gunman dead and boy hostage ALIVE
after FBI agents storm bunker after
´fearing for imminent safety of Ethan´
Daily Mail [UK], by Laura Collins, Thomas Durante    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/4/2013 6:15:51 PM     Post Reply
FBI agents today stormed an underground bunker to rescue a five-year-old boy being held by an armed survivalist who died in the raid. Authorities were forced to act after growing concern for the suspect’s mental state, observing him with a gun and ultimately ´fearing the child was in imminent danger,´ they revealed this afternoon. The boy, known as Ethan, is believed to be in a fine condition. The gunman, 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, is deceased. FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Richardson said during a news conference that negotiations had broken down and Dykes had been seen holding a gun.

  


  

Howard Kurtz Tells Obama
and Gore ´Stop Whining About
Right-Wing Media´
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2013 6:01:39 PM     Post Reply
Liberal media members defending Fox News and Rush Limbaugh are about as rare as Halley´s Comet. Yet that´s what CNN´s Howard Kurtz did Monday in a piece surprisingly titled "Obama, Gore, Stop Whining About Right-wing Media."After a brief introduction, Kurtz relayed how former vice president Al Gore responded to Charlie Rose´s recent question about whether there was "a very hostile environment for progressive ideas" by saying, "Fox News and right-wing talk radio...[T]he fact that we have 24/7 propaganda masquerading as news, it does have an impact." "OK, Gore doesn´t like Fox," Kurtz observed.

Outgoing EPA chief regrets lack
of dialogue with rural America
The Hill [Washington DC], by Zack Colman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2013 5:57:08 PM     Post Reply
Departing Departing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson said she wished she had communicated better during her tenure with rural regions that felt victimized by the agency’s pollution rules. “If I were starting again, I would from day one make a much stronger effort to do personal outreach in rural America," Jackson said in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters published Monday. Clashes with rural GOP lawmakers characterized much of Jackson’s time in Obama administration, but Jackson has lamented what she says are inaccurate claims about the scope of EPA’s agenda.

GOP seizes on Obama´s blown
budget deadline
The Hill [Washington DC], by Erik Wasson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2013 5:54:04 PM     Post Reply
Congressional Republicans are seizing on the White House’s failure to meet the Feb. 4 legal deadline to produce an annual budget as a gift that will help them recover from months of political beatings. The White House on Monday declined to say when President Obama’s delayed 2014 budget will come out. “President Obama missed a great opportunity today to help our economy. This was supposed to be the day he submitted his budget to the Congress. But it’s not coming. It’s going to be late. Some reports say it could be a month late,”

Treasury nominee Jack Lew
accused of breaking Medicare
law by Republicans
Washington Times [DC], by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2013 5:44:24 PM     Post Reply
Senate Republicans are sending a letter Monday to the White House budget office arguing that President Obama’s nominee to be treasury secretary, Jacob “Jack” Lew, was complicit in breaking a Medicare budget law. The letter comes the same day that Mr. Obama officially missed another deadline in the budget law by failing to submit his blueprint on the first Monday in February. The president has only met that deadline once in his tenure. On the Medicare funding issue, federal law requires that if the program’s funding becomes imbalanced, its trustees are required to issue a warning, and the president

  


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U.S. to sue S&P over ratings
ahead of financial crisis
Reuters, by Aruna Viswanatha & Jonathan Stempel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2013 5:35:24 PM     Post Reply
Standard & Poor´s said it expects to be the target of a U.S. Department of Justice civil lawsuit over its mortgage bond ratings, the first federal enforcement action against a credit rating agency over alleged illegal behavior tied to the recent financial crisis. Shares of McGraw-Hill Cos, the parent of S&P, plunged 13.8 percent on Monday after news of the expected lawsuit surfaced, their biggest one-day percentage decline since the 1987 stock market crash, according to Reuters data.An announcement of a lawsuit is expected on Tuesday, a person familiar with the matter said. The news also caused shares of Moody´s Corp,

Alabama hostage standoff
in Midland City ends,
Ethan safe (live updates)
Huntsville Times [AL], by Kathryn Tuggle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/4/2013 5:27:12 PM     Post Reply
MIDLAND CITY, Alabama-- After seven days spent hostage in Jimmy Lee Dykes underground bunker in Midland City, 5-year-old Ethan is free, sources have told AL.com. The hostage situation ended sometime on Monday. Sources at the scene confirm that Ethan is safe and the hostage-taker, 65-year-old ???Jimmy Lee Dykes, is dead. Multiple news outlets including WKRG and CBS are reporting that the child is alive and Dykes has been killed. (Snip) A reporter at Midland City´s local paper, the Dothan Eagle, said on Twitter Monday afternoon that Ethan´s mother was escorted by law enforcement from her home,

Boy in center of
Alabama hostage
standoff released, source says
FOX News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: CEP- 2/4/2013 5:02:52 PM     Post Reply
DEVELOPING: A five-year-old boy who was being held hostage in an underground bunker in Alabama for nearly a week has been released, a law enforcement source, citing reports, told Fox News. Authorities say 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes shot and killed a bus driver last week in Midland City and then abducted the boy. Dykes is now dead, the source says, and it is unclear what the boy´s current condition is.

Ala. child hostage
standoff ends after 7 days
WSFA-TV [Midland City, AL], by John Shryock    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2013 4:58:05 PM     Post Reply
MIDLAND CITY, AL - After seven days with few developments in the case of a child hostage standoff in the southeast Alabama town of Midland City, authorities say the crisis has come to an end. Details are limited at this moment. Reporters on scene reported hearing a loud explosion a short time ago. An ambulance was later seen leaving the scene but without emergency lights or sirens activated. Reports indicate the child is "okay". The kidnapper is said to be dead. Tune into WSFA 12 News for the latest information and continue checking back on

  


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Obamacare Allows Government
to Take Money from the Uninsured
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/4/2013 4:36:26 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Glenn in Waterloo, Iowa. Hi. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hello. CALLER: Hi, Rush. Long-time listener, first-time caller. RUSH: Thank you, sir. CALLER: Hey, I was wondering. I was watching the Norah O´Donnell show on CBS This Morning, and the boy king had an interview last night before the game. He was saying how much health care was costing so much money. I thought he fixed that. RUSH: Yeah. Well -- he-he-he-he -- another misdirection.

Rev. Jackson Calls on Obama
to Stop Chicago Violence
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/4/2013 4:29:43 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: The Reverend Jackson, in Chicago. The Reverend Jackson and other relatives of victims of fatal shootings, in Chicago. Do you know, the lawlessness in Chicago, the gun violence in Chicago is now greater than when Al Capone´s gang ran the town? Did you know that, Rachel? You want to know something else? There was no gun control when Al Capone was running around running things. Back during the glory days of Chicago, no gun control. Now they´ve got some of the strictest gun control laws in the country,

Barack Obama, Straight Shooter?
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/4/2013 4:28:19 PM     Post Reply
Just seven weeks after a massacre at an American elementary school, the White House released a photo of the president firing a gun. Strangely, no one seems to think this is in atrocious taste. We imagine the reaction would be quite different if it were, say, George W. Bush. But a lot of people, including this columnist, doubt that the photo depicts what it purports to show. The White House distributed the pic in response to widespread skepticism of President Obama´s assertion, in an interview with a liberal editor and a former campaign coordinator, that "up at Camp David,

Clinton Crashes Koch Funeral
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/4/2013 4:26:35 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Not long ago, ladies and gentlemen, there were a rash of deaths within the political ranks of the Democrat Party. And for every one of them the Clintons showed up. Bill and Hillary showed up at every one of these famous Democrat funerals and made the whole funeral about them. And we produced a little bit called The Funeral Crashers. You know, that reminds me, it was the Coretta Scott King funeral, and Bill Clinton showed up. He was one of the eulogists, and it took him 45 or 50 minutes

´Little House´ illness, explained:
Laura Ingalls Wilder´s sister Mary
went blind from brain disease,
not scarlet fever, new research reveals
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/4/2013 4:24:32 PM     Post Reply
Any fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder´s beloved "Little House" books knows how the author´s sister Mary went blind: scarlet fever. But turns out that probably wasn´t the cause, medical experts say, upending one of the more dramatic elements in the classic stories. An analysis of historical documents, biographical records and other material suggests another disease that causes swelling in the brain and upper spinal cord was the most likely culprit. It was known as "brain fever" in the late 1800s, the setting for the mostly true stories about Wilder´s pioneer family. Scarlet fever was rampant and feared at the time

  



Dodge Ram’s Super Bowl
Spot Features Paul Harvey’s
Tribute to Farmers
ABC News, by Suzan Clarke    Original Article
Posted By: beancounter- 2/4/2013 3:46:13 PM     Post Reply
It wasn’t flashy or filled with special effects, but Dodge Ram’s Super Bowl commercial that featured the late radio broadcaster Paul Harvey’s tribute to U.S. farmers might have won the hearts and minds of viewers Sunday night. The two-minute spot featured a series of stark photos of farmers at work. Along with a montage of still images, Harvey’s distinctive voice delivers the narration: his “So God Made a Farmer” speech, which he gave in 1978 at the National Future Farmers of America Convention. He died in 2009 at age 90. Ram commissioned 10 noted photographers, including National Geographic icon

Argentina freezes prices to break
inflation spiral
Associated Press, by Almudena Calatrava    Original Article
Posted By: schnapps- 2/4/2013 3:45:05 PM     Post Reply
Buenos Aires, Argentina — Argentina announced a two-month price freeze on supermarket products Monday in an effort to break spiraling inflation. The price freeze applies to every product in all of the nation´s largest supermarkets — a group including Walmart, Carrefour, Coto, Jumbo, Disco and other large chains. The companies´ trade group, representing 70 percent of the Argentine market, reached the accord with Commerce Secretary Guillermo Moreno, the government´s news agency Telam reported.

Price of rice soars by 80%
following dramatic drop in
production of basmati variety
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/4/2013 3:41:08 PM     Post Reply
Curry lovers are likely to see a hefty hike in the price of their favourite meal following a dramatic drop in the production of basmati rice. Rising demand from other countries has also helped push the cost up by more than 80 percent in the past year. Pulsa basmati, a higher yielding variety mostly used in supermarket own-label products, has also shot up by around 65 percent. According to the Rice Association, prices have soared largely because the 2012 Indian harvest was up to 40 percent smaller than in 2011. The Indian government has also introduced a minimum support price

“Buy American”: Path to
an Economic Train Wreck
Heritage, by Ryan Olson    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/4/2013 3:29:12 PM     Post Reply
Commuters on Washington, D.C.’s Metro system may finally have something to look forward to on their commutes other than broken escalators and single-tracking. By 2014, Metro plans on introducing state-of-the-art new rail cars that include LCD screens and ergonomic designs. While these new features may sound exciting, the cost is not. At over $2 million per car, Metro’s order comes to around $886 million. Why the big bucks? In part it is because of “buy American” clauses that Metro activated when it tapped into a $300 million federal matching grant for mass transit.

Labor Department union boss:
We were happier under Bush
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/4/2013 3:16:09 PM     Post Reply
“Why did you lead us out of Egypt?” the Labor Department union boss, who recalls happier times under President George W. Bush, must wonder when he looks at a picture of President Obama. The local 12 chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is so frustrated with the political appointees at the top of the Labor Department that they are now reduced to pining for the Bush years. “At our meeting today, of about fifty members, there was general consternation about the fact that Seth Harris is Acting Secretary of Labor

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