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EPA Proposal for New Gas
Standards Prompts Backlash
ABC News, by Jim Avila & Serena Marshall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2013 3:51:09 AM     Post Reply
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today a proposal for new standards for cars and gasoline, causing a backlash by the oil industry, which claims the change will cost drivers even more at the pump. The new nationwide standards for gasoline, which still have to go through public comment, will cut sulfur in gasoline by two-thirds, from 30 parts per million to 10 ppm. It will also reduce smog-causing tailpipe emissions by 80 percent. The American oil industry argues that the Obama administration is "moving the goal posts." "They´re piling on some other rules and regulations, too,

Harrison Ford, first lady to
team up for DC youth workshop
The Hill [Washington DC], by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2013 3:40:08 AM     Post Reply
Harrison Ford is returning to Washington as he heads to the White House for a workshop geared toward high school and college students. The “Indiana Jones” star and pilot touched down in the nation’s capital less than two weeks ago, discussing aviation issues with members of the House General Aviation Caucus. This time he’ll be on hand April 2 as Michelle Obama hosts what the White House is calling an “interactive student workshop” with the cast and crew from the upcoming film “42.” The movie is a biography of the late baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

Senators tell Hagel that VA
backlog is ´simply unacceptable´
The Hill [Washington DC], by Ramsey Cox    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2013 3:30:47 AM     Post Reply
A group of bipartisan senators from states with high veteran populations told Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to help address the backlog of veterans’ disability claims. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Hagel on Thursday, requesting that he work with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) so that veterans with disabilities don’t have to wait years to receive their benefits. “We represent states with some of the largest populations of veterans in the country,”



North Korea enters ´state of
war´ against South Korea
Telegraph [UK], by Barney Henderson & Agencies    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/30/2013 3:20:50 AM     Post Reply
North Korea announced early on Saturday morning that it was entering a “state of war” against South Korea, hours after Kim Jong-un said he would “settle accounts” with Washington for threatening him with nuclear-capable stealth bombers. “As of now, inter-Korea relations enter a state of war and all matters between the two Koreas will be handled according to wartime protocol,” the North said in a joint statement attributed to all government bodies and institutions. “The long-standing situation of the Korean peninsula being neither at peace nor at war is finally over,” said the statement carried by the official Korean

Defense Department says giving
Purple Heart to Fort Hood
survivors would hurt Hasan trial
Fox News, by Pamela Browne, Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/30/2013 3:20:19 AM     Post Reply
Legislation that would award the injured from the 2009 Fort Hood shooting the Purple Heart would adversely affect the trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan by labeling the attack terrorism, according to a Defense Department document obtained by Fox News. The document comes following calls from survivors and their families for the military honor, because they say Fort Hood was turned into a battlefield when Hasan opened fire during the November 2009 attack. Fox News is told that the DOD “position paper” is being circulated specifically in response to the proposed legislation. The document reads in part:

Texas adds 80,600 jobs in
February, its biggest
monthly gain ever
Dallas Morning News, by Sheryl Jean    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 3/30/2013 2:01:47 AM     Post Reply
Texas employment surged in February as employers added the most new jobs ever in a month. The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported 80,600 new jobs across the state. That more than made up for a slow start in January, when an upwardly revised 13,800 jobs were added. The job growth appears to be the highest monthly gain since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking such data in 1939. Texas’ unemployment rate, however, inched up to 6.4 percent, though it was still well below the U.S. rate of 7.7 percent for February. “The addition of over 80,000 jobs in a single month

“Only a mentally ill would want
to govern Italy now” says
frustrated Bersani
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 3/30/2013 1:45:50 AM     Post Reply
The head of Italy´s centre-left bloc has hit an impasse in his efforts to form a government and said only a mentally ill person would want to govern Italy now. Pier Luigi Bersani was rebuffed by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement on Wednesday. If he cannot form a coalition, fresh elections could be held in June. Meanwhile caretaker Prime Minister Mario Monti has said he “can´t wait” to leave office. The political stalemate is delaying reforms that could help revive Italy´s recession-hit, debt-laden economy.



School accused of providing
ISTEP questions on practice test
WRTV-TV [Indianapolis, IN], by Rafael Sanchez    Original Article
Posted By: Mushroom- 3/29/2013 11:02:02 PM     Post Reply
Indianapolis - Students at a local school had access to ISTEP questions before taking the official exam, the Call 6 Investigators have learned. THE MTI School of Knowledge boasts on its website that its students have won multiple scholarships, and when it comes to standardized exams ´´the school does not teach to the test.´´ But sources tell the Call 6 Investigators that fourth graders were given access to questions on the math and science ISTEP before taking the actual exam. Sources said the school received the questions from the actual test and created practice sheets for students to study.

First came ‘The Bible,’
now comes ‘Jesus of
Nazareth’ … the TV miniseries
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/29/2013 10:54:24 PM     Post Reply
The ratings have spoken — and they’re telling television producers that a six-hour, $20 million miniseries on Jesus of Nazareth will prove as great a success as the recent History channel production “The Bible.” “We believe the audience continues to have a hunger for life- and faith-affirming films,” said Michael Landon Jr., who is writing and producing the “Jesus of Nazareth” series with Brian Bird for Brad Krevoy’s MPCA, the Hollywood Reporter says. “The monumental success of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s ‘The Bible’ just underscores that.”

A duty to preserve
the Second Amendment
Washington Times, by Sen. Rand Paul    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/29/2013 10:52:46 PM     Post Reply
When Congress reconvenes next month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to bring gun control back to the Senate floor. If this occurs, I will oppose any legislation that undermines Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms or their ability to exercise this right without being subject to government surveillance. Restricting Americans’ ability to purchase firearms readily and freely will do nothing to stop national tragedies such as those that happened in Newtown, Conn., and in Aurora, Colo. It will do much to give criminals and potential killers an unfair advantage

Obama on guns —
Too little, too late
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/29/2013 10:50:18 PM     Post Reply
“Don’t get squishy,” President Obama told members of Congress. But they already have. “Now is the time,” the president said. But the time was actually three months ago. Obama made an impassioned bid this week to revive prospects for gun-control legislation, but it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that his efforts come too late. A fellow Democrat, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has killed plans for bans on assault weapons and large ammunition clips. Republicans appear to have enough votes to block any meaningful expansion of background checks. Public support for new gun controls is fading



McConnell, Republicans gear
up for 2014 with hopes of
taking control of the Senate
Washington Post, by Paul Kane and Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/29/2013 10:47:50 PM     Post Reply
A GOP-friendly electoral map, along with a spate of retirements among red-state Democratic senators, has once again favorably positioned Republicans to take control of the Senate in 2014. But Republican operatives are working feverishly to ensure that the bitter split between the party establishment and insurgent tea party conservatives does not lead to a squandered opportunity and GOP disappointment for the third consecutive cycle of elections. Democrats must defend 21 seats in 2014, including six in states that President Obama lost in 2012 by double-digit margins, while Republicans are defending 14. In addition, veteran Democrats

Aggressive talk from North
Korea concerns U.S. leaders
Washington Post, by Ernesto Londoño and Karen DeYoung    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/29/2013 10:38:10 PM     Post Reply
The latest round of threats exchanged by North Korea and the United States is dragging on longer and taking on a more virulent tone than in the past, provoking deep concerns among American officials and their allies. Following blustery warnings by Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s 30-year-old leader, and videos depicting North Korean attacks on the United States, the Obama administration took the unprecedented step this week of sending two stealth bombers to South Korea as part of an ongoing military training exercise. But despite the escalating tensions, U.S. officials said they have focused more closely

Michigan Welcomes Right-to-Work,
Last-Minute Demonstrations Flop
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Lee Stranahan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 3/29/2013 10:29:52 PM     Post Reply
Michigan´s controversial right-to-work legislation went into effect Thursday night amid last minute contract maneuvers by teachers unions and a number of protests around the state that appeared to have a very weak turnout. The law stops the practice of forcing workers to pay union dues. Right-to-work was passed in December by the state´s Republican legislature and signed into law by Republican Governor Rick Synder. Unions and Democrat politicians have waged a public battle against right-to-work legislation, which they fear will significantly hamper union political power

S.C. teacher quits after
stomping flag
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/29/2013 10:27:59 PM     Post Reply
CHAPIN, S.C.- A South Carolina high school English teacher who stomped on a U.S. flag said Friday he has resigned effective the end of the school year. Scott Compton made the announcement in a release issued jointly with Lexington-Richland District 5, The (Columbia) State reported. Compton, who has been on administrative leave with pay, cited personal and family reasons for quitting his teaching position at Chapin High School, the newspaper said. Compton, a seven-year member of the staff at the school, found himself on the hot seat after he took a U.S. flag off a classroom wall



US warns North Korea of increased
isolation if threats escalate further
Guardian (U.K.), by Ewen MacAskill    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/29/2013 10:20:39 PM     Post Reply
The White House warned North Korea on Friday that the rapidly escalating military confrontation would lead to further isolation, as the Pentagon declared that the US was fully capable of defending itself and its allies against a missile attack. After North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared that rockets were ready to be fired at American bases in the Pacific – a response to the US flying two nuclear-capable B2 stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula this week – the White House blamed Pyongyang for the increased tensions. "The bellicose rhetoric emanating from North Korea only deepens that nation´s isolation.

North Korea says to enter "state
of war" against South Korea: KCNA
Reuters, by Sung-won Shim    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/29/2013 10:17:43 PM     Post Reply
North Korea said on Saturday it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea in a continuing escalation of tough rhetoric against Seoul and Washington after coming under international sanctions for its nuclear test. "From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly," a statement carried by the North´s official KCNA news agency said. KCNA said the statement was issued jointly by the North´s government, ruling party and other organizations. North Korea has been threatening to attack the South

NBC News on Dr. Ben Carson:
´Blinded by the White´
Breirbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/29/2013 10:15:58 PM     Post Reply
On Sean Hannity´s Fox News Channel program Tuesday night, while discussing same-sex marriage, Dr. Ben Carson made the point that if we change the definition of marriage for homosexuals, what´s to stop NAMBLA or those into bestiality from demanding the same. The media, which is always ready to destroy any black man who dares think for himself, uniformly pounced today. In response to the manufactured uproar, the soft-spoken Carson (who was a hero to the left until he came out as a conservative), did the interview rounds on cable Friday, including Andrea Mitchell´s

Confederate flag at old
NC Capitol coming down
Associated Press, by Michael Biesecker    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 3/29/2013 9:36:11 PM     Post Reply
Raleigh, N.C. — A Confederate battle flag hung inside the old North Carolina State Capitol last week to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War is being taken down after civil rights leaders raised concerns. The decision was announced Friday evening, hours after the Associated Press published a story about the flag, which officials said was part of an historical display intended to replicate how the antebellum building appeared in 1863. The flag had been planned to hang in the House chamber until April 2015, the 150th anniversary of the arrival of federal troops in Raleigh. "This is a temporary exhibit

Member of SEAL Team 6 killed,
another SEAL injured in
parachute accident
NBC News, by Jim MIklaszweski & Courtney Kube    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/29/2013 9:05:55 PM     Post Reply
A Navy SEAL from the elite SEAL TEAM 6 was killed and another SEAL injured Thursday night during a parachute training accident in Marana, Arizona, the military said. Details of the accident are not immediately available. One SEAL was pronounced dead on arrival at the University of Arizona Hospital. The second remains hospitalized in stable condition. Members of SEAL TEAM 6 carried out the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. All SEAL teams receive extensive parachute training, which is often required for hostage rescue or anti-terrorist operations. The names of the two SEALS involved in the fatal


Dr. Carson Banned from a
Commencement Speech?
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 3/29/2013 7:46:48 PM     Post Reply
Ben Carson, the noted pediatric neurosurgeon, has become the target of a petition by Johns Hopkins students who want him removed as the medical school’s commencement speaker this spring. Dr. Carson became a media sensation in January when he questioned Obamacare and progressive taxation in a speech to the National Prayer Breakfast as President Obama sat just a few feet away from him. With his new prominence, Carson has apparently also riled some liberals, including these Johns Hopkins students.

Mother of the Movement
New York Times, by NELL IRVIN PAINTER    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 3/29/2013 6:27:29 PM     Post Reply
Beautiful Rosa Parks sits alone in the Montgomery, Ala., city bus she desegregated, an image endlessly replicated, most recently on an American postage stamp issued in February to commemorate Black History Month and what would have been Parks’s 100th birthday.(Snip) President Obama voiced the familiar view that she was “just wanting to get home after a long day at work” and “may not have been planning to make history.” But as Jeanne Theoharis shows in her insightful biography, “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks,” this perspective obscures Parks’s lifelong ­activism and “fierce determination.”

Extreme Left Group Pushes Tea
Party Challenge to McConnell
Breitbart Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/29/2013 6:01:20 PM     Post Reply
The far-left Kentucky group Progress KY is now openly encouraging Matthew Bevin to run in the Republican primary against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Chances of a primary to challenge to McConnell are fading dramatically, particularly in the aftermath of Kentucky junior senator Rand Paul endorsing McConnell. Far-left funding for so-called Tea Party candidates has been a problem in several primary races around the country over the last several years. Democratic money poured into Todd Akin (R-MO) in the Republican Senate primary

US appeals court grants
Hobby Lobby full hearing
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 3/29/2013 5:56:08 PM     Post Reply
Oklahoma City - A federal appeals court has granted Hobby Lobby´s request for the entire court to hear its challenge of a requirement that it provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraceptive pills. The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court handed down the ruling on Friday. Ordinarily, appeals filed with the court are decided by a three-judge panel, but a total of nine judges will hear Hobby Lobby´s appeal. The court also ruled it will hear Hobby Lobby´s appeal on an expedited basis, with oral arguments expected this spring.

Flashback: President Reagan on
Judeo-Christian Heritage: ‘Here
in America, Religious Beliefs
Are Central to Our Founding Principles’
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/29/2013 5:54:01 PM     Post Reply
On April 17, 1981 President Ronald Reagan issued a statement on the “Celebration of Passover and Easter.” “This weekend, people across the world will join in holy celebrations, drawing spiritual sustenance from their worship,” Reagan said. “Here in America, religious beliefs are central to our founding principles. “We draw special strength from our unity as a people who trust in God, and from the lessons for us and our children in our rituals,” Reagan said. “Saturday night, Jewish people everywhere will sit with their families and friends for the celebration of Passover—a celebration of freedom,”

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