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NBC´s Lauer Frets Over Obama Gun
Photo: ´Now the President Always Has
to Back Up His Words With Proof?´
NewsBusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 1:09:59 PM     Post Reply
During a panel discussion on Tuesday´s NBC Today about the White House releasing a photo of President Obama skeet shooting to dispel doubt about his claim of doing it "all the time," co-host Matt Lauer worried about the precedent that had been set: "So like releasing the birth certificate a year or so ago, this is the next step, that now the President always has to back up his words with proof?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Lauer´s concern seemed to follow administration talking points perfectly. On Sunday´s Today, correspondent Peter Alexander reported:

Obama’s War on the Troops
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 1:04:53 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1 percent increase next year due to “budget uncertainties” related to sequestration, CNN reports: Panetta will recommend to Congress that military salaries be limited to a 1 percent increase in 2014. The Pentagon has calculated that the Labor Department’s 2014 Employment Cost Index is expected to be above 1 percent but wants to still cut back on pay because of “budget uncertainties,” a department official told CNN. In 2013, a 1.7 percent increase was approved, based on the index, which has been the basis

Maryland Gov. Martin
O’Malley presses lawmakers
for handgun licenses for residents
Washington Times, by David Hill    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/6/2013 12:59:56 PM     Post Reply
Maryland Gov. Martin O´Malley will urge state lawmakers on Wednesday to pass legislation requiring residents to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun, but Second Amendment advocates hope to drown out his message. Mr. O´Malley, a Democrat, will testify before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in favor of his bill, which would also ban assault weapons, limit magazine capacities to 10 rounds and require prospective gun buyers to complete a safety course and pay a $100 application fee. However, gun-rights advocates will descend upon Annapolis to rally against a bill



David Corn: Justification
For Obama Drone Program
"Almost Orwellian"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 12:44:28 PM     Post Reply
DAVID CORN: I think you just pointed out, as have others, that three major contentious points of this memo, the problems that are there, because I think -- I´m sympathetic to the argument that in some instances you´ve got to use drone strikes when there´s no other opportunity, but the definition of imminence is really stretched here. It´s almost Orwellian. And when you get to a high-level official, the memo seems to suggest that you can do this without anyone vetting the decision of a single person, and whether that´s the president or anybody else,

Dem Congressman Warns
Of "Mob Scenes" Without
"Equity" In Society"
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 12:38:45 PM     Post Reply
Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Washington) warns the U.S. could turn into a scene from Les Misérables without a ´we´ mentality in an interview with C-SPAN´s "Washington Journal" on Tuesday. McDERMOTT: This whole society is gradually changing in response to what’s going on. Now, we’re in a very difficult period right now, because we have a lot of people who suddenly think it’s all about me. And it isn’t about me; it’s about we. If we don’t take care of one another, and we say everybody’s on their own, then it will simply fall apart as a society:

Make room for Latinos
in the Cabinet
Miami Herald, by Hector Sanchez    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/6/2013 12:37:04 PM     Post Reply
The American Latino spirit ran full force throughout President Barack Obama’s recent inauguration.(Snip)We insist that, at the very least, two, preferably three, Latino members serve in Obama’s second term Cabinet. We recently sent the president a letter that named just some of the many talented individuals that could serve the nation well, including administration appointees Thomas Perez of the Justice Department and Francisco Sanchez of the Commerce Department, elected officials Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and U.S. Reps. Nydia Velazquez and Linda Sanchez, and other high profile Latino leaders such as former Surgeon General Richard Carmona and former AFL-CIO Vice President Linda

Mom whose baby was born
with cocaine in system wasn´t
neglectful, N.J. Supreme Court rules
Star - Ledger (Newark, NJ), by Susan K. Livio    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/6/2013 12:34:47 PM     Post Reply
TRENTON — The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that a Cape May County mother did not abuse her child by using cocaine two days before she gave birth since the infant was born unharmed. The decision by the justices underscored its belief that only a child that has been born — and not a fetus — can be protected by New Jersey´s child protection law. All child abuse cases weigh a parent´s right to "raise a child without undue interference by the state" and the state´s "responsibility to protect the welfare of children," Chief Justice Stuart Rabner wrote.



Sexual Harassment Investigation
May Delay Hagel Vote
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 12:33:44 PM     Post Reply
Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel faces another obstacle in his already contentious fight for confirmation as the Obama administration’s next secretary of defense. According to Foreign Policy, the Senate Armed Services Committee is investigating a sexual harassment allegation by a former Hagel staffer. The unnamed staffer has been interviewed by the committee about an incident that took place in 2007. The staffer, whose allegation was found credible by committee staff, does not involve Hagel directly. Instead, the investigation appears to center on whether Hagel knew of the incident and whether it was handled appropriately.

The Mysterious Office on
Metrocentre Boulevard
Washington Free Beacon, by Mary Lou Byrd    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 12:30:11 PM     Post Reply
The offices of Dr. Salomon Melgen raided by the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services last week served as the postal address of 11 mysterious companies linked to the ophthalmologist, who is now the subject of two federal investigations into allegations of Medicare fraud and public corruption. The wealthy donor to Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) runs his eye center from offices at 2521 Metrocentre Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida. That address is also listed in the Florida secretary of state records for seven active companies and four now-defunct businesses.

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney: ´Lincoln´
historically inaccurate
regarding Connecticut
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/6/2013 12:26:54 PM     Post Reply
HARTFORD — As Rep. Joe Courtney watched the Oscar-nominated "Lincoln" over the weekend, something didn´t seem right to him. He said Tuesday he was shocked that the film, about President Abraham Lincoln´s political struggle to abolish slavery, includes a scene in which two Connecticut congressmen vote against the 13th amendment to the Constitution, outlawing slavery. "´Wow. Connecticut voted against abolishing slavery?´" Courtney recalled hearing audience members ask. "I obviously had the same reaction. It was really bugging me."

Joe Biden, Obama's "Mr Fix-it,"
extends his clout abroad
Reuters, by Steve Holland    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/6/2013 12:25:32 PM     Post Reply
Washington-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, already deeply immersed in high-profile domestic policy, is finding that his clout extends to foreign affairs as well, as he plays a top surrogate role for President Barack Obama in the early days of their second term. Biden is now in many ways viewed as Obama´s "Mr. Fix-it," who struck a crucial budget deal in January and who is able to navigate his way comfortably through Washington´s complex power structure with a back-slapping joviality that Democrats find endearing despite the occasional verbal misstep. The 70-year-old former senator has often been viewed as gaffe-prone,
Headline updated by staff



Geithner heading to Council
on Foreign Relations
The Hill [Washington DC], by Peter Schroeder    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2013 12:20:33 PM     Post Reply
Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will join the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as a distinguished fellow. Geithner left the Treasury at the end of January and will rejoin an organization where he previously served as a senior fellow in 2001. "We are thrilled to welcome Tim back to the Council on Foreign Relations," said CFR President Richard N. Haass. "Both at Treasury and at the New York Federal Reserve, Tim was a tireless, creative, and responsible custodian of the public trust. His coming to CFR only strengthens our capacity to produce thoughtful analysis of issues at the

Fox Host And Dem Rep. In Tense
Battle Over ‘Fairness’ Of
Taxing The Rich
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 11:59:07 AM     Post Reply
On today’s Your World, fill-in host Stuart Varney got into a heated battle with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) over the issue of “fairness” in increasing taxes on the wealthy. Ellison’s revenue plan includes closing tax loopholes that mainly affect wealthier Americans — estate tax deductions, stock option loopholes, etc. — which prompted Varney to bluntly ask whether this plan was purely aimed at squeezing more money out of the rich. “We go a little further than that and we say we’re going to close loopholes for fossil fuel companies likes Exxon Mobil and Chevron.

Congressional Black Caucus
Pushes Clyburn for
Transportation Secretary
National Journal, by Jim O´Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/6/2013 11:53:34 AM     Post Reply
The Congressional Black Caucus is lobbying President Obama to name Assistant House Democratic Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., as his new Transportation secretary. Rep. Marcia Fudge, the Ohio Democrat who chairs the caucus, told National Journal on Tuesday that she had sent a letter on behalf of the caucus to recommend Clyburn, who has long worked on transportation issues. The advice comes as Obama has faced criticism for a lack of diversity in his Cabinet, exacerbated by the departures of a string of female and non-white officials.(Snip)The caucus last month recommended Rep. Barbara Lee,D-Calif., for Labor secretary and Melvin Watt,D-N.C.,
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Boy Scouts board delays
vote on controversial policy
banning gays from Scouting
Dallas Morning News, by Matt Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2013 11:48:23 AM     Post Reply
Staff writers Scott K. Parks and Haley Thayer report: The Boy Scouts of America board has deferred any decision on its controversial membership policy that bans gays and lesbians from Scouting. Daron Smith, a spokesman for organization’s national headquarters in Irving, released a statement this morning saying that the national board won’t make a decision today on altering the policy. Instead, he said, the Boy Scouts will gather more information and opinions from its stakeholders around the nation and then reconsider the membership policy at its annual meeting in May. The Boy Scouts’ statement follows in full:



Chuck Hagel´s Desire To Get Rid
Of All Nukes Is Dangerous
Investor´s Business Daily, by Phyllis Schlafly    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/6/2013 11:42:39 AM     Post Reply
Americans who are concerned about traditional freedoms and the Second Amendment have no difficulty understanding the message of the popular bumper strip: "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." It should be just as easy to grasp the corollary: If nukes are outlawed, only terrorist countries will have nukes. But somehow, Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel don´t get it. In a 2007 campaign speech, Obama promised: "Here´s what I´ll say as president: America seeks a world in which there are no nuclear weapons."

Thanks to Medicare, Rep. McDermott
´Did Nothing´ for His Parents
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 11:41:22 AM     Post Reply
It´s the job of government, not families, to take care of grandma, says Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. McDermott, appearing on C-SPAN Tuesday, said he opposes cuts to Medicare, the government program that paid his own parents´ medical bills: "Now we have a Medicare program, where my father -- and my father lived to 93, my mother to 97 -- and my brothers and sisters and I did nothing for them, except pay their taxes." McDermott said there is no reason to cut Medicare benefits for senior citizens, even though spending will

Rubio: Same-sex rights not a ‘central
issue’ for immigration reform
Hill [Washington,DC], by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/6/2013 11:38:16 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says he hopes extending equal immigration rights to same-sex couples does not become a “central issue” as lawmakers weigh measures to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. "I think if that issue becomes a central issue in the debate it´s going to become harder to get it done because there will be strong feelings on both sides,” said Rubio in an interview with Buzzfeed on Tuesday. (Snip) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who signed on to the Senate proposal, said that including that provision would sink Republican support. On Tuesday, a group of Democratic lawmakers reintroduced

CBO: Entitlements, ObamaCare To
Make Up 53% of Federal Spending
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Cover    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 11:36:08 AM     Post Reply
According to projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), entitlements and ObamaCare spending will comprise 53 percent of all federal spending over the coming decade, totaling $24.9 trillion. In its updated Budget and Economic Outlook report released on Tuesday, the CBO projects that Social Security will account for $11.149 trillion in spending from 2014 to 2023 while federal health care entitlements, including Medicare, Medicaid, and ObamaCare, will spend $13.85 trillion. (That total includes TRICARE, CHIP, and "other" spending listed by the CBO under healthcare.)

Obamacare´s Exemptions From
Insurance Mandate Will Leave
Millions Uninsured
Investor´s Business Daily, by Betsy McCaughey    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/6/2013 11:33:58 AM     Post Reply
On Jan. 30, the Obama administration unveiled a long list of exemptions from the ObamaCare insurance mandate. Flaws and contradictions in the law will cause millions of people to be uninsured. The administration also estimated that the cheapest family plan will cost $20,000 by 2016. This new information indicates that the Affordable Care Act is failing in both goals: making insurance affordable and covering the uninsured. Children are the biggest victims. The hastily drafted law, passed before it was read, overlooked them. The law says that beginning in 2014, employers with 50 or more full-time


Obamacare red tape burden:
127,602,371 hours yearly
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 11:30:12 AM     Post Reply
Complying with the raging tsunami of new Obamacare rules and regulations will cost American businesses and families 127 million hours annually, enough time to carve out another 1,039 Mount Rushmores which took 14 years complete, according to a new House report. Based on figures from President Obama´s own Office of Management and Budget and Internal Revenue Service, the new report provided to Secrets reveals that the health reform law set to fully go into effect in 11 months will be the most costly federal burden to hit American in generations.

Wyden Hints at Brennan
Roll Call, by Humberto Sanchez    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/6/2013 11:25:54 AM     Post Reply
Annapolis, Md.—Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., had stern words for the White House and its nominee to take over the CIA on Wednesday, threatening to “pull out all the stops” in his effort to get legal analysis for targeted killings of U.S. citizens suspected of being terrorists. “I want it understood that because this is such a central [issue], you have an individual with enormous influence who is really the architect of the counterterror policy in the Obama administration that I am going to pull out all the stops to get the actual legal analysis because with out it,

Boy Scouts delay decision
on admitting gays
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 11:24:19 AM     Post Reply
A decision on whether the Boy Scouts of America will keep its policy that excludes gay members and leaders will not be voted on until the organization´s annual meeting in May, the national executive board said Wednesday. Deron Smith, the BSA director of public relations, said the executive board will prepare a resolution to be voted on by the 1,400 voting members of the national council. "After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization,

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