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Senate Dem budget includes
nearly $1 trillion in new taxes
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Erik Wasson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 2:14:39 PM     Post Reply
The first budget from Senate Democrats in four years includes nearly $1 trillion in new taxes but would not balance the budget. The blueprint unveiled by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Tuesday to her Democratic colleagues would also turn off the next nine years of the sequester and replace those spending cuts with a 50-50 mix of tax increases and spending cuts. The budget would dedicate $100 billion to economic stimulus in the form of infrastructure spending and job training. Murray argues that her budget cuts $1.85 trilion from deficits over ten years.

Hagel orders halt to production
of drone pilot, cyberwarrior medal
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 3/12/2013 2:03:00 PM     Post Reply
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to stop production of a controversial new medal pending a 30-day study of whether the award for drone pilots and cyberwarriors should outrank medals given for battlefield bravery. The Distinguished Warfare Medal, approved by former secretary Leon E. Panetta during his final days in office last month, was criticized by members of Congress and veterans groups because it was ranked above the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in the military’s order of precedence.

GOP renews attack on Census survey
that asks too many personal questions
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 2:02:33 PM     Post Reply
Republicans in the House and Senate are resuming their efforts to take a mandatory Census Bureau survey that they say is overly intrusive, and make it voluntary. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) said on the House floor Tuesday that he would reintroduce legislation making the Census Bureau´s American Community Survey voluntary, after hearing more complaints from constituents that it asks too many personal questions. Census mails out 250,000 of these surveys per year to American households. The surveys ask dozens of questions, including whether the home has a flush toilet, when people go to work,



Witness in Trayvon Martin Case
Lied. Will It Even Go To Trial?
PJ Media, by Bob Owens    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 3/12/2013 1:57:27 PM     Post Reply
The key prosecution witness in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman has allegedly been caught in a significant lie: Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend, the state’s most important witness in the George Zimmerman murder case, was caught in a lie, it was revealed Tuesday. It was not the first piece of misinformation tied to her, but it was the most damaging to date and left prosecutors in a very awkward position. They had to publicly acknowledge that their star witness had lied under oath

Obamacare: Seven Feet of
Job-Killing Regulations
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 1:55:44 PM     Post Reply
Senate Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell sent out a shocking photo showing what it looks like if you stack every page of Obamacare regulations one on top of the other. The stack reaches to more than seven feet in height and is so big it might take a 3-D printer to print it all. "This is over 20,000 pages and measures 7´ 2.5"," McConnell said of the amazing photo. "These are all the Obamacare regulations published in the Federal Register up through last week. Then last Friday they added another 828 pages." These additions

“I’m not Chavez, but I’m his
son” Maduro tells his followers
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 3/12/2013 1:52:58 PM     Post Reply
“I’m not (Hugo) Chavez, but I’m his son”, Venezuelan acting president Nicolas Maduro said on Monday on making official his candidacy before the Electoral Tribunal for the April 14 snap election to choose a successor to the deceased charismatic leader. “For our Commander not one minute of silence, but one million years of struggle” pledged Maduro to a crowd of thousands who gathered outside the Electoral Tribunal in Caracas in support of Chavez hand-picked presidential candidate. And “if necessary we will resort to arms to defend the revolution of Commander Chavez” said defiantly the former metro driver

Report: DSCC ´re-evaluating´ Judd
following Kentucky Senate polling
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexandra Jaffe    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 1:50:28 PM     Post Reply
A survey for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee of the Kentucky Senate race may be cause for the DSCC to ´re-evaluate´ the committee´s initial interest in Ashley Judd´s potential campaign for Kentucky Senate, according to a recent report. According to the Louisville Eccentric Observer, after receiving the results of the poll, the DSCC is "re-evaluating" its initial "all-in" support for Judd. The poll was conducted for the committee by Fred Yang, who formerly worked for Gov. Steve Beshear (D), The Hill has learned. It reportedly showed Kentucky Secretary of State Allison



‘That’s Not Fair & Balanced!’: Dem
Rep And Fox Host Get Into Fiery
Exchange Over ‘Demagoguing’ Medicare
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 1:32:26 PM     Post Reply
During a conversation about Republican Paul Ryan‘s House GOP budget plan, Fox host Bill Hemmer and Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD) got into what can be described as a “fiery interruption-fest,” with the latter accusing Fox of not handling the topic in a “fair and balanced” manner. About midway through the conversation, Hemmer dismissed Van Hollen as having just repeated “talking points” on the Democratic Party’s desire for a “balanced approach” to fiscal reform — i.e., spending cuts and tax increases. The congressman did not take kindly to that characterization.

McClatchy-Marist poll shows
Obama tumbling in voters’ eyes
McClatchy Newspapers, by Steven Thomma    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 1:25:15 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — If President Barack Obama had piled up political capital with his impressive re-election, it’s largely gone. His approval rating has dropped to the lowest level in more than a year, with more voters now turning thumbs down on his performance than thumbs up, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll. The measure of how much people like him also has dropped. He’s still vastly more popular than Congress, particularly congressional Republicans. But in the biggest political clash of the year – over the federal budget and how

Intelligence boss begs Congress
to grant sequester flexibility
that Obama rejected
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 1:15:14 PM     Post Reply
National Intelligence Director James Clapper warned that the sequester cuts as written “jeopardizes” national security, but — in direct contrast with President Obama — promised to implement the spending cuts more prudently if Congress will allow it. “Sequestration forces our intelligence community to reduce all intelligence activities and functions without regard to the impact on our mission,” Clapper — who said he would have to “let go” of 5,000 contractors — told the Senate Intelligence Committee today. “Congress directed that the National Intelligence Program use an even more set of rules to carry out these cuts than that

Fact check: Bloomberg claims more
people die of obesity than hunger
Washington Examiner, by Michal Conger    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 1:10:40 PM     Post Reply
“For the first time in the history of the world more people will die from overeating than undereating this year,” declared New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg last night on “The Late Night Show With David Letterman.” “Isn’t that remarkable,” Letterman remarked, before moving on to talk about how food companies get people addicted to their products. But Bloomberg’s claim calls for closer inspection. He’s not the only one saying it: a recent Global Burden of Disease study concluded obesity now a more serious problem than malnourishment in the world, with the exception of sub-Saharan Africa.



White House: Deficit Reduction
Priority of the GOP
Weekly Standard, by Jeryl Bier    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 1:06:37 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has often talked about the need to reduce the budget deficit. Before his run for the presidency, Senator Obama was rather harsh in his criticism of George Bush´s deficits. And in July 2011, during the debt ceiling crisis, the president even addressed Congressional leaders in a talk the White House titled "President Obama on Deficit Reduction: “If Not Now, When?” During the talk, he said: We keep on talking about this stuff and we have these high-minded pronouncements about how we´ve got to get control of the deficit

Looks Like Truth Is A
Republican´s Best Friend
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/12/2013 1:00:54 PM     Post Reply
Principle: From fighting on the sequester to refusing to accept ObamaCare as a permanent fixture, Republicans are finding that truth-telling carries political benefits. The White House, meanwhile, is off balance. When President Obama proposed sweeping budget differences under the rug in 2011 by offering congressional Republicans a Gramm-Rudman-style sequester that would cut discretionary spending across the board,both the White House and GOP negotiators were certain it would never be triggered. When it became clear this year the sequester would indeed happen, the president was certain Republicans would blink. He had the advantage, after all, of the bully pulpit.

Sequester Hits the Hill: Capitol
Lines ´Ridiculous, a ´Disaster´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 12:59:12 PM     Post Reply
Lines to get into the Capitol today are “ridiculous” and a “disaster,” according to staffers who work in members’ offices on Capitol Hill. Obama suggests we keep "Washington" out of the arguments against his health-care plan. “The lines wrap around the building,” according to a Senate staffer, who says folks waiting in line to get inside are getting soaked by the steady stream of rain. “?It’s very unusual. Lots of people late to meetings today. And now Obama´s pulling up to the Senate, so it’s going to be even more of a disaster.” President Obama is

From jaunts to Scotland to
crying at trees, Judd’s memoir
provides fodder for critics
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/12/2013 12:51:43 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — If Ashley Judd jumps into the Kentucky Senate contest to challenge Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, expect to hear more about “All That is Bitter and Sweet.” That’s the title of Judd’s 406-page memoir, full of potentially harmful quotes that could end up being thorns in the side of the Hollywood actress and liberal activist during a campaign in a conservative-leaning state like Kentucky. Take Judd’s writing in the 2011 manuscript about how Tennessee — not Kentucky — is the place she seemed destined to live for the “rest of my life.”



How Paul Ryan proposes to
balance budget in 10 years
Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 12:51:05 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — House budget chairman Rep. Paul Ryan on Tuesday unveiled the GOP’s budget proposal that would slash $4.6 trillion in projected government spending over the next decade in order to balance the country’s budget by 2023. “We owe the country a balanced budget,” the Republican congressman and 2012 vice presidential nominee said during a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday. Ryan’s plan includes a combination of tax reform, reform of entitlements and repeal of President Obama’s health-care law.

Online poll: Rand Paul the
conservative pick for
president in 2016
Daily Caller, by Spencer Amaral    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 12:45:22 PM     Post Reply
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is leading an online poll being conducted by Contract From America as the conservative pick for president in 2016. With 190,000 votes cast as of Monday morning, Paul leads, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio rounding out the top three. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are running in last place, ranked 32 and 31 respectively. Contract From America (CFA) is a nonprofit conservative organization that promotes the “Contract From America” that was first drafted and embraced in 2010 by tea party Republicans.

Website claims to have hacked
first lady’s financial records
The Hill [Washington DC], by Jonathan Easley & Brendan Sasso    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/12/2013 12:44:17 PM     Post Reply
A website is claiming to have hacked into first lady Michelle Obama’s accounts and posted her personal and financial information online. The website claims to have posted the first lady’s Social Security number, credit reports, former addresses and personal banking information, although the veracity of the information has not been confirmed, and some are speculating that the claims are a hoax. It lists three phone numbers for Michelle Obama. The first belongs to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Obama used to work. The second was disconnected and the third had a generic answering machine.

For Obama, It´s All About 2014
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 12:38:50 PM     Post Reply
What’s the purpose of Barack Obama’s “charm offensive?” And who is the target? In a long analysis in the New York Times on Monday, John Harwood and Dick Stevenson argue that Obama’s outreach over the past week is being undertaken with the goal of securing something along the lines of the “grand bargain” he discussed with Republicans in July 2011. Their lede demonstrates that assumption: “President Obama will go to Capitol Hill this week to try to salvage a big deficit-reduction deal, battling not only Republican resistance but also complaints from Democrats that he mishandled his last attempt.”

Moran On Possibility Of Handgun
Ban: ´There´s Always Going To
Be People Who Are Paranoid´
Cybercast News Service, by Joe Schoffstall    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 12:29:58 PM     Post Reply
On March 11, 2013, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia) held the "Preventing Another Newtown: A Conversation on Gun Violence in America" forum in Arlington, VA. During the question and answer segment. MRCTV asked if they´d eventually go after handguns. Moran hesitated and said those who think government is intruding in their lives are "paranoid - "but he also said he supports legislation to limit the purchase of handguns to no more than one per month. "I can understand that there´s always going to be people who are ´paranoid´ over government attempting to intrude into their life


State Department Will Issue ´Female´
Passports to Anatomical Males
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/12/2013 12:24:38 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. State Department´s policy on dealing with transgendered people will allow Americans who are anatomically male but identify themselves as female to secure U.S. passports that match their gender "identity" rather than their anatomy. The policy also allows records for births abroad to be changed to reflect the “new” gender of an individual. “The U.S. Department of State is pleased to use the occasion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month to announce its new policy guidelines regarding gender change in

German Air Force plans to
leave Fort Bliss post
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/12/2013 12:12:34 PM     Post Reply
FORT BLISS — Two German Air force units that have called Ft. Bliss home for decades are scheduled to leave this West Texas Army base as part of a reorganization of the German military. Col. Heinz-Josef Ferkinghoff said the German Air Force Command for the U.S. and Canada will close at Fort Bliss on Sept. 30. Operations will be moved to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where Germany already has a flight training center. Meanwhile, the German Air Defense Center where officers receive training in the use of Patriot missiles will return to Germany within five years.

Paulson Said to Explore Puerto
Rico as Home With Low Tax
Bloomberg, by Katherine Burton*    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 3/12/2013 12:01:42 PM     Post Reply
John Paulson, a lifelong New Yorker, is exploring a move to Puerto Rico, where a new law would eliminate taxes on gains from the $9.5 billion he has invested in his own hedge funds, according to four people who have spoken to him about a possible relocation. Ten wealthy Americans have already taken advantage of the year-old Puerto Rican law that lets new residents pay no local or U.S. federal taxes on capital gains, according to Alberto Baco Bague, Secretary of Economic Development and Commerce of Puerto Rico. The marginal tax rate for affluent New Yorkers can exceed 50 percent

Who Now Speaks
For the GOP
Human Events, by Patrick J. Buchanan    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 3/12/2013 11:57:40 AM     Post Reply
Last Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul rose on the Senate floor to declare a filibuster and pledge he would not sit down until either he could speak no longer or got an answer to his question about Barack Obama’s war powers. Does the president, Paul demanded to know, in the absence of an imminent threat, have the right to order U.S. citizens killed by drone strike on U.S. soil? By the time he sat down, 13 hours later, Paul had advanced to the front rank of candidates for 2016,

Many left behind as
Silicon Valley rebounds
Associated Press, by Martha Mendoza    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/12/2013 11:53:36 AM     Post Reply
SAN JOSE, Calif. — On a morning the stock market was sailing to a record high and a chilly storm was blowing into Silicon Valley, Wendy Carle stuck her head out of the tent she calls home to find city workers duct taping an eviction notice to her flimsy, flapping shelter walls. "I have no idea where I´m going to go," she said, tugging on her black sweatshirt over her brown curls and scooping up Hero, an albino dog. She glanced at the glimmering windows on a cluster of high-tech office buildings just blocks away and shook her head.

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