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Drug-testing of welfare
applicants violates Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Jay Bookman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/26/2013 2:56:55 PM     Post Reply
Today, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals voted unanimously to bar the state of Florida from forcing welfare applicants to undergo drug testing. As the judges found: “… the State failed to offer any factual support or to present any empirical evidence of a “concrete danger” of illegal drug use within Florida’s TANF population. The evidence in this record does not suggest that the population of TANF recipients engages in illegal drug use or that they misappropriate government funds for drugs at the expense of their own and their children’s basic subsistence. The State has presented

Payroll report: Boston doled out
$100,000-plus to 3,700 workers
Boston Herald, by Joe Dwinell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/26/2013 2:56:13 PM     Post Reply
Court settlements helped two Boston teachers push their pay last year to $400,000 and $300,000, respectively, according to new payroll documents released by the city today. School spokesman Matthew Wilder said both teachers remain employed with the school department. See it here: 2012 City of Boston Payroll -The payroll records, obtained by the Herald through a public records request, show the city handed out $100,000 or more in pay to more than 3,700 employees last year.

Boehner tells Senate to ´get off
their ass,´ pass sequester bill
The Hill [Washington DC], by Russell Berman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/26/2013 2:51:54 PM     Post Reply
A salty Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday told members of the Senate to “get off their ass” and pass a bill to replace the $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts that will kick in on March 1. “We have moved a bill in the House twice. We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something,” Boehner told reporters in a press conference, repeating a message he had just delivered in a closed-door meeting of the House Republican conference.The House in 2012 approved measures twice

  


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AP Newsbreak: Drop in Taliban
attacks incorrect
Associated Press, by Robert Burns    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/26/2013 2:45:46 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan incorrectly reported a decline in Taliban attacks last year, and officials said Tuesday that there was actually no change in the number of attacks on international troops from 2011 to 2012. The corrected numbers - from the original reports of a 7 percent decline to one of no change - could undercut the narrative promoted by the international coalition and the Obama administration of an insurgency in steep decline. A coalition spokesman, Jamie Graybeal, attributed the miscounting to clerical errors and said the problem does not change

Mexican police find
improvised border drug cannon
that threw packets of marijuana
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/26/2013 2:14:57 PM     Post Reply
Mexicali, Mexico — Police in the border city of Mexicali say they have recovered a powerful improvised cannon used to hurl packets of marijuana across a border fence into California. Police told the Televisa network that the device was made up of a plastic pipe and a crude metal tank that used compressed air from the engine of an old car. The apparatus fired cylinders packed with drugs that weighed as much as 30 pounds, police. It was confiscated last week after U.S. officers told Mexican police that they had been confiscating a large number of drug packages that appeared to

Testimony: DHS No Longer
Uses Control of Border as
Measure of Border Patrol
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/26/2013 2:01:53 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security no longer uses control of the actual border as a measure of how well the Border Patrol is doing its job, according to written testimony released today by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO said that by the end of fiscal 2010, the Border Patrol had been able secure “operational control” of only 44 percent of the U.S.-Mexico border. Then, with 56 percent of the border not under “operation control,” DHS simply stopped using “operational control” as a measure of the Border Patrol’s performance.

The funniest Obama pictures
EVER: Serious-face president
parodied in memes that will
literally make you laugh out loud
Daily Mail (UK), by Leon Watson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/26/2013 1:50:13 PM     Post Reply
Being President, you´re bound to be the butt of a few jokes whenever there´s the slightest opportunity - good-natured or otherwise. And if Barack Obama took a moment to tap his name into the internet he would, of course, find thousands of funny photos, memes and parodies floating around. Some poke fun at him, some at his Vice President Jo Biden and some at his rivals, like Mitt Romney, the Tea Party and the Republicans.While others reference moments in last year´s presidential campaign, when Mr Obama won his second term in the White House.

  


  

Senate moves to final vote on
confirming Hagel for Defense
The Hill (Wash.DC), by Jeremy Herb & Ramsey Cox    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/26/2013 1:44:34 PM     Post Reply
The Senate voted Tuesday to end debate and move to a final vote on former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as Defense secretary. The 71-27 vote paves the way for a final up-or-down vote on Hagel later Tuesday, and comes after the first-ever filibuster of a Defense Department nominee earlier this month. Eighteen Republicans voted with Democrats to break the filibuster and end debate, and at least a few of them are expected to support Hagel in a final vote. Sixty votes were needed to end debate. All but four Republicans blocked Hagel’s nomination two weeks ago.

Fed Faces Explaining Billion-Dollar
Losses in QE Exit Stress
Bloomberg News, by Craig Torres, Josh Zumbrun*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/26/2013 1:44:15 PM     Post Reply
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s efforts to rescue the economy could result in more than a half trillion dollars of paper losses on the central bank’s books if interest rates rise abruptly from recent levels. That sum is the difference between the value of securities in the Fed’s portfolio on Dec. 31 and what they may fetch in three years, according to data compiled by MSCI Inc. of New York for Bloomberg News. MSCI applied scenarios devised by the Fed itself for stress-testing the nation’s 19 largest banks. MSCI sees the market value of Fed holdings shrinking

OFA Sells Access to President Obama
for Anyone Who Donates $500k
Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/26/2013 1:38:02 PM     Post Reply
On Saturday, the New York Times reported that Organizing for Action--the Obama for America presidential campaign structure recently re-organized as a 501 c 4 tax-exempt "issues advocacy" non-profit--is offering access to President Obama to any donors (individuals or corporations) who contribute $500,000 to the group. According to the Times, such contributions place "donors on a national advisory board for Mr. Obama’s group and [gives them] the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president, along with other meetings at the White House."

Gov. Christie to announce expansion of
Medicaid in budget speech, sources say
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Salvador Rizzo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/26/2013 1:37:53 PM     Post Reply
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie will expand the state´s Medicaid program to cover 300,000 uninsured New Jersey residents, The Star-Ledger learned today. The governor´s new budget, which he plans to unveil at joint session of the Legislature this afternoon, also relies on state revenue growth of 4.9 percent and delays some property tax rebates for local taxpayers, according to three sources with knowledge of the budget plan who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The governor´s revenue forecast this year is a much smaller jump than the optimistic 8 percent growth of last year, a goal

  


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Decision day in race to replace
ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Chicago Tribune, by Rick Pearson & Bill Ruthhart    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/26/2013 1:29:07 PM     Post Reply
Voters are headed to the polls today to pick the likely successor to disgraced former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in a congressional district covering the South Side and south suburbs. There are primaries for both political parties, but the 2nd District is so heavily Democratic that whoever emerges from the crowded Democratic field is expected to easily win the April 9 special general election. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Today´s voting follows weeks of candidate forums, an accelerated campaign schedule and a flurry of TV ads from the mayor of New York.

Cruz´s tactics boil Washington,
but impress Texas
Associated Press, by Paul J. Weber & Donna Cassata    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/26/2013 1:20:41 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON- Ted Cruz glanced at his black cowboy boots, beneath a silver Texas belt buckle, waiting for the admirers to stop clapping. His arrival had turned a drop-by at a Houston lumber yard into a virtual campaign rally. At an earlier stop near Austin _at a gun manufacturer that churns out AR-15 rifles _ cheering fans crowded next to employees, and one held a sign reading "Ted Cruz rocks!" The new troublemaker of the U.S. Senate was home again, and savoring nothing short of a victory lap. In just seven weeks on the job, the insurgent Republican

John Kerry says Americans ´have
a right to be stupid´ and tells how
he lost his diplomatic passport at
age 12 after sneaking out to
Soviet-controlled East Berlin in 1950s
Daily Mail [UK], by Hayley Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/26/2013 1:10:58 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recalled for young Germans Tuesday when he snuck out of the American embassy in divided postwar Berlin at age 12 for a clandestine bicycle ride into the Soviet-controlled eastern part of the city. Kerry told the story to a group of young people in a packed Internet cafe in Berlin as he defended U.S. freedom of speech laws, saying that ´In America, you have a right to be stupid.´ ´I saw the difference between east and west,´ said Kerry, who had lived in Berlin in 1950s with his family and American diplomat father.

9/11 victim´s family attacks Zero Dark
Thirty makers for using a recording
of their son´s voice in movie
without their permission
Daily Mail [UK], by Rachel Quigley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/26/2013 1:01:41 PM     Post Reply
The parents of a 9/11 victim have hit out at the makers of Zero dark Thirty for using their son´s ´sacred´ last words to them in the movie without their permission. The beginning of the movie - which has made more than $90million--features actual voices of some of the 3,000 innocent civilians who perished on that fateful day as they made their last calls to loved ones or emergency services. For Mary and Frank Fetchet, the movie brings back painful memories, as one of the voices belongs to their son Brad--his last words to them

  


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GAO Report: Obamacare Adds $6.2
Trillion to Long-Term Deficit
National Review Online, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/26/2013 12:55:09 PM     Post Reply
Obamacare will increase the long-term federal deficit by $6.2 trillion, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today. Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), who requested the report, revealed the findings this morning at a Senate Budget Committee hearing. The report, he said, “confirms everything critics and Republicans were saying about the faults of this bill,” and “dramatically proves that the promises made assuring the nation that the largest new entitlement program in history would not add one dime to the deficit were false.” President Obama and other Democrats attempted to win support

African-Americans face uphill HIV fight
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Mary Jo Layton    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/26/2013 12:52:24 PM     Post Reply
A 20-year-old diagnosed with HIV or AIDS today can expect to live 50 years, due to groundbreaking advances in treatment since the discovery of the virus 30 years ago. Despite the progress, troubling trends remain: 47,500 new cases of HIV infection are diagnosed each year in the U.S. And in the African-American community, the statistics are even more grim: The virus continues to strike a disproportionate number of blacks, and their death rates are higher than other ethnic groups. In New Jersey, African-Americans make up 14 percent of the population but constitute 53 percent of the people

Rapper Chuck D. On CNN: ‘Since
Reagan And Bush, There’s Been
Nothing But Guns And Drugs In
The Black Community’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/26/2013 12:49:46 PM     Post Reply
Hip hop artist Chuck D., famous for his work with the group Public Enemy, appeared on CNN with Carol Costello to discuss the impact that the slaying of Trayvon Martin had on the nation one year later. Chuck D. told Costello, that when he was growing up, there were no guns in the black community. However, after 1980 and the rise of the Ronald Reagan/George Bush-era, he says that “there’s been nothing but guns and drugs in the black community.” Costello asked Chuck D. for his thoughts on the killing of Martin.

Wall Street bonuses to
rise to $20 billion for 2012
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/26/2013 12:46:30 PM     Post Reply
New York´s state comptroller says Wall Street cash bonuses for 2012 are expected to rise 8 percent to $20 billion, partly driven by deferred payments from prior years. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says his analysis shows the securities industry is still restructuring since the 2008 financial crisis, with almost 20,000 — or 10 percent — fewer jobs in New York City. He says to expect continued downsizing. DiNapoli says profits for broker/dealer operations of some 200 New York Stock Exchange members — the traditional measure of profitability for the securities industry — totaled nearly $24 billion last year, triple their 2011 earnings.

The Academy Awards
Come Out of the Closet
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/26/2013 12:40:38 PM     Post Reply
Should I resign from the Academy? I won’t, of course, but asking Michelle Obama to help present the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards this year was pretty Bush League. And it was equally Bush League for the First Lady to accept. (Snip)Shame, shame on all sides. Hollywood has enough of a reputation for being in the pocket of the Democratic Party, but now they not only are in the pocket, they’re in the wallet, the purse, the laptop, the vestibule, the fax machine, the refrigerator, the oven, the slow cooker, shoes, socks,

  



Lawmakers Determined to Override
Obama’s ‘Workplace Violence’
Classification of Fort Hood
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/26/2013 12:35:24 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the court-martial of accused Fort Hood gunman Major Nidal Hasan will creep forward at its glacial pace with a motions hearing to hear defense requests on a change of venue and the makeup of the panel that will potentially hear the case. Facing 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder — and potentially the death penalty — Hasan’s trial has been delayed several months by his growth of a beard(Snip) Still, the movement in Hasan’s case is swifter than the move toward any resolution of the grievances of victims

GOP congressman who donated to
Obama gets trip on Air Force One
Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/26/2013 12:29:46 PM     Post Reply
Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell became one of the rare members of the Republican Party to join President Barack Obama on Air Force One on Tuesday. According to FEC records, Rigell donated $1,000 to President Obama during his first run for the White House, and has been vocally supportive of Obama’s calls for increased tax revenue as a part of a sequester deal. Before departing on Air Force One for Newport News, Va. Tuesday, Rigell told reporters that he favored raising tax revenues through reform as well as some cuts to spending as a part of the deal.

Calls intensify for President
Obama to break ties with
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/26/2013 12:23:40 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is facing increased pressure to eliminate the government-backed mortgage titans Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after months of very limited progress by the White House to loosen the failed mortgage giants´ grip on the rebounding real estate market. Five years after the housing market crashed, Obama has focused primarily on helping homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages get refinancing. But that effort has required even greater government reliance on Fannie and Freddie without making any substantial push to create a new home-financing system that´s influenced more by the private sector.

Biden to address AIPAC
conference
Jerusalem Post, by JTA    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/26/2013 12:12:21 PM     Post Reply
Washington-Vice President Joe Biden will address the upcoming AIPAC policy conference. Biden will speak to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference on the morning of Monday, March 4, officials in the White House and with AIPAC told JTA.(Snip) Legislation to be advanced by AIPAC during the conference includes bills planned for introduction in the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives that would designate Israel a "major strategic ally," a new designation not previously conferred on any country and one that would recognize Israel´s role in keeping the Middle East stable and in combating terrorism around the globe.

The Syrian War Has Metastasized.
Is Obama in It?
PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/26/2013 12:11:19 PM     Post Reply
Something new is happening in Syria. (Snip)They both say the same thing: that the Free Syrian Army, which was formed fairly early in the revolt against Assad’s regime, is now getting some very good weapons. This accounts for its recent military successes, bringing it inside the Damascus gates. Both base their analyses on the research of Elliot Higgins, a British expert who tracks the movement of weaponry in the region. Higgins says the new weapons, and ammunition for them, are coming from the old Yugoslavia. Both make the point that whereas Western countries, including the United States, are very concerned

ABC broadcast edits out Michelle
Obama claim that Chicago teen was
killed by an ‘automatic weapon’
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/26/2013 12:05:21 PM     Post Reply
In an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts aired this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama recalled the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was shot and killed in Chicago after performing during the President’s Inauguration celebration in Washington D.C. “She was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need,” the First Lady explained. “I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.” Chicago police reported, however, that Pendleton

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