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Newspaper boss says gun permit
database idea was misfire
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 4:43:54 AM     Post Reply
A national newspaper chain never intended to create a multi-state database of gun owners with permits allowing them to carry concealed weapons according to its top executive, who told FoxNews.com a "poorly crafted" internal memo erroneously indicated such an idea was being planned. The memo -- sent by a top content editor to various editors at Civitas Media, which owns about 100 newspapers in 11 states, with 1.6 million in total circulation -- laid out a plan for an enterprise project that would use public information requests to establish the database. But Civitas President and CEO Michael Bush, in an email

Why pro cheerleading may be
one of America’s worst jobs
CBS News, by Aimee Picchi    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 4:41:30 AM     Post Reply
Parents, don’t let your girls grow up to be cheerleaders. That’s just one lesson to be gleaned from a lawsuit filed by a cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders, a National Football League team, which alleges sub-minimum wage pay and other labor abuses. While professional cheerleading may seem glamorous, the cheerleaders allegedly earn barely enough to afford their own pom-poms. And, by the way, if they forget their pom-poms, the cheerleaders are reportedly socked with a fine. The lawsuit, brought on behalf of current and former Raiderettes, lays out a damning case against professional cheerleading, portraying the profession as a place

Hospital: No Decision on
Order to End Life Support
Associated Press, by Nomaan Merchant    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/26/2014 4:36:24 AM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Executives from a Texas hospital conferred with the county district attorney´s office Saturday to determine their next step, after a judge ordered the hospital to remove a pregnant, brain-dead woman from life support. Officials from John Peter Smith Hospital and the Tarrant County district attorney´s office, which is representing the county-owned hospital, met to discuss Judge R. H. Wallace Jr.´s order regarding Marlise Munoz, hospital spokeswoman J.R. Labbe said. She declined to say whether a possible appeal was being discussed, but said an announcement wouldn´t come Saturday. Both the hospital and family agree that Marlise Munoz meets the

  


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Obama’s rough 2013
prompts a new blueprint
Washington Post, by Scott Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/25/2014 11:07:20 PM     Post Reply
An internal White House assessment concludes that President Obama must distance himself from a recalcitrant Congress after being badly damaged last year by legislative failures, a government shutdown and his own missteps. Obama has said that his fraught relationship with Congress, especially after Republicans won the House in 2010, complicated his ability to promote his agenda. But for the first time, following what many allies view as a lost year, the White House is reorganizing itself to support a more executive-focused presidency and inviting the rest of the government to help. The new approach comes after weeks of

281 Passengers Ill Aboard
Royal Caribbean Ship
ABC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/25/2014 10:54:26 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 281 passengers have fallen ill aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. The CDC said in a statement Friday that another 22 crew members also are ill, with people reporting vomiting and diarrhea. Authorities said it´s not yet clear what is causing the illness. The CDC said health officials will board the ship on Sunday while it´s docked in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Authorities said specimens are being collected and will be tested. A total of 3,050 passengers and 1,165 crew members are aboard the Explorer of the Seas. The CDC said Royal

5 firearms a day found at
TSA checkpoints in 2013
Daily Caller (Washington DC), by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 9:23:18 PM     Post Reply
Transportation Security Officers found more than 1,800 firearms in carry-on luggage at checkpoints all over the United States in 2013. Of the 1,813 firearms — or 5 firearms a day, on average — found at TSA check points in 2013, 1,477 or 81 percent were loaded. The number of found firearms was a 16.5 percent increase from 2012’s total of 1,556. According to the TSA the top airports for gun discoveries were Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (111 guns found), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (96 guns found), Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (68 guns found), Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Obama´s Recessional
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: ladychatalie- 1/25/2014 9:15:54 PM     Post Reply
There is nothing accidental about the president’s apparent foreign-policy blunders. Does Barack Obama have a strategy? He is often criticized for being adrift. Nonetheless, while Obama has never articulated strategic aims in the manner of Ronald Reagan or the two Bushes, it is not therefore true that there is no “Obama Doctrine.” Indeed, now that he has been in office five years, we can see an overarching common objective in otherwise baffling foreign-policy misadventures.

  


  

Arizona GOP group censures
McCain over ´liberal´ voting record
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 9:14:12 PM     Post Reply
PHOENIX – The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently conservative. The resolution to censure McCain was approved by a voice-vote during a meeting of state committee members in Tempe, state party spokesman Tim Sifert said. It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of state committee members to reach the floor for debate. Sifert said no further action was expected. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers declined to comment on the censure. McCain isn´t up for re-election until 2016, when will turn 80. He announced in October that he was considering

Cops: WMD Found at Russian
National´s House During Pot Bust
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 9:07:44 PM     Post Reply
On Friday evening, Pennsylvania authorities arrested a Russian citizen for reportedly possessing a weapon of mass destruction. Police arrested Vladislav Miftakhov, a 19-year old who the Altoona Mirror reports is an engineering student at Penn State Altoona, after finding "a suspected bomb and other bomb-making materials inside a suitcase." They had originally gone to his residence to investigate reports that he was growing marijuana at his home. Miftakhov "is charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possessing instruments of crime, prohibited offensive weapons, incendiary devices, recklessly endangering another person, possession

Tiger likely to miss secondary cut
ESPN, by Bob Harig    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 1/25/2014 8:50:50 PM     Post Reply
SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods is on the verge of suffering an unflattering career first -- missing a secondary cut on the PGA Tour. With a 7-over-par 79 on Saturday at the Farmers Insurance Open, the current world No. 1 nearly matched his worst career round as a pro when he shot 81 amid brutal weather conditions in the 2002 Open Championship at Muirfield. (Snip)Because the 36-hole cut this week included more than 78 players, by PGA Tour regulations another cut is made to reduce the field to the top 70 and ties through three rounds. When he finished his round,

WATCH: Mitt Romney Slow Jams
the News with Jimmy Fallon
Mediaite, by Mat Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 1/25/2014 7:53:44 PM     Post Reply
Following in the footsteps of Barack Obama, Chris Christie, and of course Brian Williams, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney joined Jimmy Fallon for what could very well be the last “Slow Jam the News” session before the host leaves Late Night for the Tonight Show. The bit gave Romney a chance to simultaneously air his criticisms of President Obama’s second term and the continue the campaign to humanize himself after his 2012 loss. When he brought up the troubled Obamacare rollout with its website “glitches,” Fallon chimed in with, “Glitch, please.” The highlight of the whole thing came near

  


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What a Governor Davis Would Really Mean
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, by Richard Greene    Original Article
Posted By: Muguy- 1/25/2014 6:28:52 PM     Post Reply
How about we get back to the big picture of what’s at stake with a Wendy Davis victory in November? The revelation of Wendy’s departure from truth in the accounts of her early life has spread across the country. Does that mean she has lost the media’s adoring obsession with her? Absolutely not. Watch now as they adopt her campaign strategy to cry foul, blame her opponent and accuse others of dirty tricks. They aren’t about to give up the best chance they’ve had to turn the state blue since Jimmy Carter.

The Face of American Apathy: Smiling,
Dancing ‘Scarf Guy’ Mugs for Camera
at MD Mall Shooting Presser
Mediaite, by Joe Concha    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/25/2014 6:24:21 PM     Post Reply
Another day, another shooting at a public place in America… It could be an elementary school, a high school, a campus, a church, a Navy Yard, an airport, a Chicago street…doesn’t seem to matter anymore. It’s mourning in America again, this time in Columbia, Maryland…located about halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC in suburban Maryland. All told, three are confirmed dead, including the shooter. Four are reported injured. We still don’t know if the two victims were targeted or randomly taken. In trying to learn more by watching Chief Bill McMahon of Howard County Police on CNN, the behavior of

Trend-starting Texas
drops algebra II mandate
Associated Press, by Will Weissert    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/25/2014 5:48:35 PM     Post Reply
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas started a trend by making most of its high school students tackle algebra II. But eight years later, the state often watched for education policy is abandoning the requirement. The move is being praised by school districts for affording them more flexibility. But some policy experts are nervous because nearly 20 states have since followed Texas´ lead in requiring the advanced math course. Supporters say fewer curriculum mandates give students more time to focus on vocational training for high-paying jobs that don´t necessarily require a college degree.

Michaels Says It’s Learned of
Possible Customer Accounts Breach
Bloomberg, by Mina Kawai and Dan Hart    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/25/2014 5:44:27 PM     Post Reply
Michaels Stores Inc. (MIK:US), the world’s largest arts-and-crafts retailer, said some of its customer payment-card information may have used fraudulently, making it the third U.S. retailer in weeks to report such a breach. Michael Fox, a spokesman for Michaels, declined to say when the data-security attack may have occurred, when the company learned of it or how many customer accounts may be affected. He said the matter is being investigated and any new information will be posted on the company’s website. “While we have not confirmed a compromise to our system, we believe it is in the best interest of our customers

  


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Sandy aid to Hoboken on par
with other NJ towns
Associated Press, by Geoff Mulvihill    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 5:42:25 PM     Post Reply
TRENTON, N.J.- The city whose Democratic mayor said GOP Gov. Chris Christie´s administration tied Superstorm Sandy aid to her support for a real estate project has, so far, received a level of aid from state-run programs that is similar to what other towns got, a review of grant data shows. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer is no longer discussing her allegations that New Jersey´s second-largest city has been shortchanged on Sandy funds, that its aid is being held "hostage" as political leverage or that she feared further retribution in the next round of funding. But her spokesman, Juan Melli, said the

“Mitt,” Al Gore, and Our Identification
With Presidential Losers
New Yorker, by Ian Crouch    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 5:27:39 PM     Post Reply
In a recent profile of John McCain, in the Times Magazine, Mark Leibovich writes: Friends of McCain’s say that his loss in ’08, and the ridicule he suffered in the wake of it, was traumatizing in itself. “John has had two defining events in his life,” Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, told me. “The first was his imprisonment, and the second was his failure to win the presidency.” McCain was held in a North Vietnamese prison camp for more than five and a half years, undergoing torture and solitary confinement. Coburn is not equating that experience with an election loss—the

Redskins Name Debate
Reaches United Nations
CBS, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 1/25/2014 4:31:23 PM     Post Reply
VERONA, N.Y. — The Oneida Indian leader from upstate New York who has become a high-profile critic of the Washington Redskins’ nickname is taking his case to the United Nations. The Oneida Indian Nation says Ray Halbritter will meet Friday with the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan. Halbritter argues that the Washington team’s nickname is racially insensitive and should be changed. The NFL team was already facing a fresh round of criticism when the Oneidas began airing radio advertisements during the NFL’s regular season critical of the nickname. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has called the

After Tuesday speech, Obama to
take ´year of action´ theme on
the road
Washington Examiner (DC), by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 4:29:59 PM     Post Reply
Attempting to reverse sagging approval ratings, President Obama plans to continue his pointed pitch to members of Congress in his annual State of the Union speech Tuesday night -- that he will use his executive power to take action on his own to help reduce income inequality in the country. White House communications aides have spent the past week saying Obama plans to hit this theme in the speech, and on Saturday they offered a bit more information. Dan Pfeiffer, White House communications director, sent out an email Saturday to supporters saying Obama´s message Tuesday night can be summed up

´They just kept shooting and
it didn´t stop´: Three dead
including gunman after shooting
in suburban Baltimore mall
Daily Mail (UK), by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 3:01:42 PM     Post Reply
Three people are dead and three were taken to a local hospital after a Saturday morning mall shooting in suburban Baltimore. Police say the gunman killed two people before turning the gun on himself just before 11:15 a.m. Saturday morning in an upstairs store at the busy mall. One person had a seizure, one sprained their ankle and another was shot in the foot. ´We were able to identify three victims in an upper level store… one of those victims is believed to be the shooter,´ Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon said during a Saturday afternoon press briefing. SCROLL

  



De Blasio’s Secret Speech
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 1/25/2014 2:29:26 PM     Post Reply
The fact that Mayor de Blasio’s speech at the Manhattan meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was unannounced is causing a stir this. There’s a terrific dispatch on it by one of the ferrets at the Times, Kate Taylor, formerly of the Sun. She reports that His Honor assured Aipac’s members that “part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel.” Ms. Taylor reports that the appearance, at the Hotel Hilton, “was not listed on the mayor’s public schedule” and that “a reporter who tried to attend was escorted away by the security staff.”

Obama: “I’m Not a Particularly
Ideological Person.”
American Spectator, by Aaron Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/25/2014 1:53:33 PM     Post Reply
A couple of days ago, I counted the ways why I disliked President Obama following his recent interview with David Remnick of The New Yorker. In the interview, he attributed some of his unpopularity to racism. Dishonesty and disingenuousness are unbecoming a President and here’s another example from the same interview. Remnick follows Obama to a Democratic Party fundraiser at the home of former Microsoft President Jon Shirley near Seattle. He told donors, “I’m not a particularly ideological person.” He also went on to say, “There are reasonable conservatives and there are those who just want to burn down the

24 seniors missing in nursing
home fire feared dead
CNN, by Susanna Capelouto    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 1:52:28 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Eight people are dead and 24 are still unaccounted for after a fire ripped through an elderly community in Quebec on Thursday, officials confirmed Saturday. Search teams continued to comb ice-covered debris for the missing at the Residence du Havre in the small town of L´Isle-Verten, police said. Frigid temperatures have made search efforts difficult, as water used to fight the blaze froze, coating the collapsed three-story building in ice. "The ice in certain areas is as thick as 60 centimeters. We´re talking 2 feet," Guy LaPointe, with Surete du Quebec police, said. "So you can imaging how difficult

Obama to outline new plan to help
long-term unemployed: adviser
Reuters, by Roberta Rampton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/25/2014 1:47:39 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama will announce a new plan next week to help Americans who continue to struggle to find jobs even as the economy recovers from recession, his senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, said on Saturday. Obama´s efforts to help the long-term unemployed are part of an economic strategy he will lay out in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday and expound upon during a four-state tour, Pfeiffer said in a mass e-mail from the White House. "With some action on all our parts, we can help more job seekers find work, and more working Americans find

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