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Universal background checks
would end father-child gun gifts
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 12:28:17 PM     Post Reply
It´s a long tradition in America: A father buys a gun for his son or daughter to practice with at a range and eventually take hunting. It´s one so rich in American life that many states are encouraging it by adding youth-only hunting seasons and urging parents to bring their children to hunter safety courses. But universal background check proposals being considered in Washington and in some states are threatening to end that by criminalizing gun gifts, neighbor-to-neighbor sales or even inheritances where the one receiving the gun doesn´t first pass a background check. "They could very well make

Obama releases 38 million
acres for offshore oil
and gas development
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 12:07:28 PM     Post Reply
Obama’s Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has just announced plans to offer 38.6 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development. “The Obama Administration is fully committed to developing our domestic energy resources to create jobs, foster economic opportunities, and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil,” Secretary Salazar said in a statement released by the White House. “Exploration and development of the Gulf of Mexico’s vital energy resources will continue to help power our nation and drive our economy.”

State Department officer took
bribes from musician Mavado
for visa help
Washington Examiner, by Scott McCabe    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 11:59:51 AM     Post Reply
A U.S. State Department law enforcement officer has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes to help a "well-known" Jamaican musician gain a visa to enter the United States, federal prosecutors in Alexandria said. David J. Rainsberger, an officer with the State Department´s Diplomatic Security Service, admitted to unlawfully receiving watches worth thousands of dollars and other gifts while stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. Rainsberger also admitted to making false statements to the U.S. government on a national security questionnaire. The 32-year-old

  


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Panetta on Benghazi: U.S.
Military ‘Not a 911 Service’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 2/7/2013 11:56:20 AM     Post Reply
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning that the Pentagon should not be relied upon to cover all diplomatic missions — namely, the U.S. facility attacked over a period of several hours in Benghazi on Sept. 11. After Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) vowed to block the nomination of any new defense secretary unless Panetta testified about Benghazi, the defense chief appeared before the panel along with Chairman of the Join Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey. “The United States military, as I’ve said, is not and, frankly, should not be a 911 service

Man claims IRS agent coerced sex
by threatening tax penalty
KVAL, by Lauren Lee    Original Article
Posted By: shalimar- 2/7/2013 11:47:09 AM     Post Reply
EUGENE, Ore. -- A Fall Creek resident filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Government and an IRS agent that he alledges pressured him into sex by threatening a tax penalty. The law firm representing Vincent Burroughs filed the suit with the U.S. District Court in Eugene on Jan. 25 "as a result to coersive conduct by Defendant (Dora) Abrahamson", an Internal Revenue Service agent from Cottage Grove. Burroughs claims that in August of 2011 Abrahamson called him and said he would be audited by the IRS. He claims that at the time he didn´t know her.
Link corrected by staff

Khamenei rebuffs U.S.
offer of direct talks
Reuters, by Marcus George    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 11:47:01 AM     Post Reply
Iran´s highest authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Thursday slapped down an offer of direct talks made by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden this week, saying they would not solve the problem between them. "Some naive people like the idea of negotiating with America, however, negotiations will not solve the problem," Khamenei said in a speech to officials and members of Iran´s air force carried on his official website. "If some people want American rule to be established again in Iran, the nation will rise up to face them," he said.

Graham: ‘I´m Totally Supportive
of the Administration´s Rationale
on Drone Strikes’
Cybercast News Service, by Christopher Goins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 11:42:00 AM     Post Reply
Washington – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he´s completely supportive of the Obama administration´s reasoning behind drone strikes on terrorists on foreign soil, even those who are American citizens. When asked by a reporter on Wednesday if he was "comfortable with the administration’s rationale on drone strikes," Graham said, "Yes, I´m totally supportive of the administration´s rationale on drone strikes." According a document obtained and reported on by NBC News, American citizens can be targeted and killed by the U.S. government if the person is believed "to be a ´senior operational leader´ of al-Qaida or ´an associated force´"

  


  

Bill introduced in Idaho that makes
reading ´Atlas Shrugged´a requirement
for graduation
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 2/7/2013 11:42:00 AM     Post Reply
Reading Ayn Rand´s "Atlas Shrugged" may become a requirement for high school graduation in Idaho if Coeur d´Alene Senator John Goedde, chairman of the Idaho Senate´s Education Committee, decides to pursue the matter. Goedde introduced a bill with the requirement but doesn´t appear serious about pushing it:

Dick Morris: Fox
´marriage´ had to end
Politico, by Kevin Cirilli    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 11:31:52 AM     Post Reply
Pollster and pundit Dick Morris said Wednesday that he “absolutely believed” Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would beat President Barack Obama in the last presidential election, and he urged the GOP to take a different tone in crafting its message. “I absolutely believed it and so did a lot of people,” Morris said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” when asked about his prediction. Morris was an adviser to former President Bill Clinton, but he supported Romney in the election. Earlier this week, Fox News did not renew its contract with Morris. He was widely panned

New Poll: Majority of Americans
Want Illegal Immigrants to Head
Back to Home Countries
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 11:18:53 AM     Post Reply
A new poll released by the Center for Immigration Studies shows the majority of likely voters simply want illegal immigrants to head back to their home countries. A new poll using neutral language — and avoiding the false choice of conditional legalization vs. mass deportations — finds that most Americans want illegal immigrants to return to their home counties, rather than be given legal status. The findings also show a very large gap in intensity, with those who want illegal immigrants to head home feeling much stronger about that option than those who would like to

Caroline Kennedy ´leading
contender´ to be next ambassador
to Canada, official says
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2013 11:18:49 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Caroline Kennedy is the "leading contender" on the short list of candidates President Obama is considering to be the next ambassador to Canada, a senior Democratic official tells Fox News. Kennedy, the daughter of the late President Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, has been a strong political and financial supporter of Obama. The confirmation that she´s being strongly considered comes as the Canadian press is abuzz about the possible picks. Canadian newspapers have been floating other possible candidates to the spot in the past few weeks. Among those rumored to be on the list: Former Washington governor

  


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Teen Jeopardy! Contestant
Wants To Be President To
Bring Back ‘Competence
and Accountability’
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2013 11:12:36 AM     Post Reply
A Teen Jeopardy! contestant had some harsh words for unnamed recent presidents Wednesday. Responding to host Alex Trebek’s question about what he’d “bring to the presidency that we haven’t had say in the last few decades,” Lexington, Kentucky, high school senior Barrett Block said, “A sense of competence and accountability.” ALEX TREBEK: Barrett Block is from Lexington, Kentucky, a senior at Henry Clay High School. This young man is fairly serious because he’s always dreamed of one particular ambition. And that is?

Brown University insurance covers
sex changes for students
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 11:07:11 AM     Post Reply
Looking for a free sex change operation? Enroll at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Come August, the school will offer coverage in its student health care plan for the procedure, according to The Daily Caller. “We identified this as an important benefit for students to have access to,” said Director of Insurance and Purchasing Services Jeanne Hebert, in The Daily Caller report. The new health care provision, she reportedly said, is part of an overall effort “to support all students” at the university. The insurance offering is substantial; according to industry estimates,

Video: Leon Panetta Testifies
on Benghazi Attack – We Did
All We Could
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 11:01:21 AM     Post Reply
In an opening statement at a Senate hearing on the September 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told a committee that a lack of time and proximity prevented a military response following the attack. He also told the committee that we have a “solemn responsibility” to the families of the four Americans killed in the attack to bring those people to justice and make sure it doesn’t happen again Panetta also said that U.S. officials and the Department of Defense, in particular, did all they could in responding to the attack.

Sequestration: Angry Obama lambastes
GOP for agreeing with him
Washington Times, by Eric Golub    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 10:54:16 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — President Obama is already learning from John Kerry, his new Secretary of State: Obama was for sequestration before he was against it. Obama favored the automatic spending cuts of sequestration in 2011. They were his idea. Now he is against them. In his latest press conference he lambasted Republicans for agreeing with him and demanded they now reject his policy in the name of coming together. Huh? Perhaps Obama should spend less time focusing on trying to ban guns and more time on dealing with mental illness. He seems a bit schizophrenic these days.

  


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Washington Post: Prostitutes
occasionally work resort
at center of Menendez sex scandal
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/7/2013 10:53:06 AM     Post Reply
A Washington Post reporter who once served as the paper’s Miami bureau chief reported Wednesday evening that Casa de Campo, the resort at the center of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez’s prostitution scandal, is a place where prostitutes do make occasional appearances. In the neighboring Dominican Republic town of La Romana, Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia found prostitutes who said wealthy customers had hired them for sex and covertly brought them into the resort.“The prostitutes talk of occasionally being secreted into Casa de Campo in the back seats of chauffeur-driven SUVs with tinted windows,” Roig-Franzia reported, ”gliding into the complex
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Va. court: Sex-change surgery a
constitutional right for convicts
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 10:49:02 AM     Post Reply
A Virginia appellate court ruled last week that a prison trampled on an inmate’s constitutional rights by refusing to pay for the felon’s sexual-reassignment surgery — a procedure costing about $20,000. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided that denying to pay for gender reassignment surgery for Michael Stokes, a transgender bank robber serving a 73-year sentence, violates the constitution’s Eighth Amendment, which protects against cruel and unusual punishment, according to the ruling. The decision, titled De’Lonta v. Johnson, gave the following analogy:

Buttocks, breasts and
genital exposure banned
from the Grammy Awards
Telegraph [UK], by Belinda White    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 10:34:26 AM     Post Reply
As we reported earlier this week, celebrities are finding ever more inventive ways of baring their assets on the red carpet. Side-boobs, waistline-necklines and backless dresses, which sit so low they reveal something of ´what lies beneath´, have become the norm. And that´s before we´ve even got into the thigh-split dresses that so love to make a feature of a girl´s underpants. Such rampant, flesh-baring antics have now driven CBS, the broadcaster of Sunday´s 55th Grammy Awards, to take the unusual step of sending out a ´Standard And Practice Wardrobe Advisory´ notice to all attendees, containing a strict dress code.

NYT and WaPo Got Pulitzers Disclosing
Secrets Under Bush – Those Secrets
Are Safe Under Obama
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 10:28:07 AM     Post Reply
The media complicity in President Obama´s drone strategy gets more and more astonishing with each passing day. On Wednesday, Britain´s Guardian published a piece with the incredible sub-headline "New York Times and Washington Post knew about secret drone base in Saudi Arabia but agreed not to disclose it to the public." On Tuesday, following Monday´s disclosure by NBC of a leaked Justice Department white paper on the case for its controversial targeted killing programme, the Washington Post revealed it had previously refrained from publishing the base´s location at the behest of the Obama administration over national security concerns.

City considers ban on
Styrofoam cups and containers
New York Post, by Sally Goldenberg    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 10:24:21 AM     Post Reply
First he dictated the size of our cups — now he wants to ban what they’re made of. The Bloomberg administration is considering banning Styrofoam cups and containers — popular at thousands of delis and food carts across the city— as it prepares to roll out a major recycling announcement in the coming weeks, a Sanitation Department official said yesterday. “We’re studying all the different things in our waste stream. We want to make sure that everything in our waste stream is recyclable,” Ron Gonen, deputy commissioner for recycling at Sanitation, told The Post. Mayor Bloomberg last year

  



Amazing scenes here in Brussels:
David Cameron has just walked
into an EU summit
Telegraph [UK], by James Kirkup    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/7/2013 10:23:17 AM     Post Reply
This is, actually, a tiny bit unusual. The normal form for summits is that leaders arrive in big shiny cars, which pull up to the rear entrance of the Justus Lipsius building to disgorge their VIP cargo before a pack of waiting hacks clustered by the door. Like a lot of summitry, this ritual is a bit silly, especially since the leaders often aren´t coming from very far away. In the case of a British PM, the distance concerned is sometimes only a few hundred yards, from the UK Permanent Representative´s office street or so away.

Hey Look, ObamaCare is Going to
Make Something Else More Expensive
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 10:18:15 AM     Post Reply
Finding out what’s in it v 1,467, or “Not this crap again.” ObamaCare was sold as a health insurance reducer. Instead, in a few years many Americans will see their health insurance costs rise to $20,000 per year. Some premiums will rise by as much as 85%. ObamaCare was sold as being good for your bottom line. Instead, it may drive the price of pizza through the roof. And now, it may also force price hikes at your local supermarket. The proposed regulation would require store owners to label prepared, unpackaged foods found in salad bars and

Cranks, Haters, Bigots No
Longer Welcome in the GOP
Atlantic Wire, by Elspeth Reeve    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 10:10:46 AM     Post Reply
Fox News and the Republican Party, while still technically distinct entities, are moving to purge figures who are so controversial they´re damaging the conservative brand, Politico´s Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen report. An anonymous GOP strategist told Politico there is a deliberate effort to "marginalize the cranks, haters and bigots — there’s a lot of underbrush that has to be cleaned out." The strategist requested anonymity because the crank marginalization is not yet complete and he or she doesn´t want to inflame the cranks. New York´s Jonathan

3 Southern California police officers
shot, 1 fatally; manhunt on for
ex-LAPD cop Christopher Jordan Dorner,
wanted as suspect in 2 murder
New York Daily News, by Erik Ortiz    Original Article
Posted By: GOPJihad- 2/7/2013 10:10:11 AM     Post Reply
Police in Southern California are hunting for a disgruntled ex-cop wanted in a double slaying and is suspected of shooting three police officers early Thursday, killing one of them. The Riverside Police Department said one of its officers was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to NBC 4 Los Angeles. A second officer was undergoing surgery. The third officer is with the Los Angeles Police Department and was shot in Corona, 50 miles east of Los Angeles. A bullet grazed his head and he was expected to recover, ABC affiliate KABC-TV reported. The LAPD says the suspect is former…

Obama Seeks Broad New
Powers in Digital War
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/7/2013 9:57:12 AM     Post Reply
A confidential legal review has just decided that the President should have broad power to issue preemptive cyber attacks, says the NYT. This review comes at a time when the pace of attacks on sensitive computer systems has picked up. The Energy Department, two American power stations, the NYT, the WSJ, and Washington Post have all been recent victims of recent assaults, at least three of which allegedly came from China. These attacks have the potential to cripple an entire nation’s infrastructure, from a distance, and without the use of explosives. But some fear the Obama Administration is

Pending Jesse Jackson Jr. plea
deal includes ‘significant jail
time,’ source says
- Thread Closed
Chicago Sun-Times, by Michael Sneed    Original Article
Posted By: Poca Dot- 2/7/2013 9:44:52 AM     Post Reply
Sneed has learned a plea deal is now on the table between former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and federal authorities probing allegations of campaign fund misuse. Sneed is told the plea deal includes Jackson serving time in federal prison. “Significant jail time is now definitely a part of the deal,” said a top Sneed source close to the probe. “But I think [Jackson’s wife] Sandi, feels like she was thrown under the bus by her husband, ” now that a separate probe has begun on her, a second source added.

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