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Obama Won´t Take Executive Action
to Remove Pot from Narcotics List
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 8:58:32 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, airing Friday said it is up to Congress to decide whether marijuana should continue to be classified as a Schedule I narcotic. “What is and isn’t a Schedule I narcotic is a job for Congress,” Obama said when Tapper asked if he was “considering not making marijuana a Schedule I narcotic.” “I think it’s the DEA that decides that,” Tapper interjected. “It’s not something by ourselves that we start changing. No, there are laws undergirding those determinations,” the president responded. According to the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, Schedule I drugs are described

High life of Bob, the lobster-red
baron: With his members set to bring
misery to commuters this week, rail
union boss Crow escapes to sip
cocktails in Rio sunshine
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Eccles and Matt Roper    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/31/2014 8:58:13 PM     Post Reply
Sipping contentedly from a coconut and baking on a golden beach in his Bermuda shorts, union boss Bob Crow enjoys a £10,000 holiday as his members prepare to go on strike. While his comrades working for London Underground prepare to lose money in a bitter dispute, Crow found time for a luxury cruise from Barbados to Brazil. The general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union returns from a three-week jaunt this morning, three days before 10,000 members walk out, threatening travel chaos across the capital for rain-lashed commuters and tourists. The £145,000-a-year union chief

Judge: Suspected Felon/Seahawks
Fan Can Leave State for Super Bowl
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 8:54:53 PM     Post Reply
A Washington man accused of a felony after a drunken high-speed police chase will get the chance to watch his Seattle Seahawks play in Sunday’s Super Bowl, as long as he wears an electronic-monitoring device. Police apprehended suspect Shaun Goodman at gunpoint after he led authorities through a 100-mile-per-hour chase in his Ferrari in Olympia, Wash. last month. On Thursday, a superior court judge approved a court petition by Goodman’s lawyer requesting that his client be allowed to leave the state for “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see his hometown team” play in the Superbowl, but only under one condition: He must

  


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Gun grabs under fire: Majority of
Americans condemn 2nd Amendment tweaks
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/31/2014 8:45:34 PM     Post Reply
More Americans who are dissatisfied with the country’s gun laws want them to be less strict and fewer want them to be stricter, according to a new poll from Gallup. Overall, 55 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the country’s gun laws — the highest figure since 2001. The percentage of Americans who are dissatisfied and want the laws stricter is still greater than the percentage who want them less strict. But the gap shrunk significantly compared to January 2013, right after the Sandy Hook school shootings in Newtown, Conn. In January 2013, 43 percent were satisfied with the strictness of

102-year-old cyclist sets world record
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/31/2014 8:38:03 PM     Post Reply
Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France — Age hasn´t slowed cyclist Robert Marchand. The 102-year-old Frenchman broke his own world record in the over-100s category Friday, riding 26.927 kilometers (16.7 miles) in one hour, more than 2.5 kilometers better than his previous best time in the race against the clock two years ago. By way of comparison, the current overall world record for one hour is 49.700 kilometers (30.882 miles) set by Czech Ondrej Sosenka in 2005. Marchand, a retired firefighter and logger, also holds the record for someone over the age of 100 riding 100 kilometers (62 miles).

Unique twist on gun buyback — toy guns
San Francisco Chronicle, by Henry K. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/31/2014 8:36:25 PM     Post Reply
Toy guns in the hands of kids can lead to tragic cases of mistaken identity in which little ones are hurt or killed, according to Luis Ortega, 34, of Oakland. That’s why earlier this month, for the fifth year in a row, as part of his “Three Wise Men” toy giveaway, Ortega collected toy and replica guns from children in the city’s Fruitvale District and, in exchange, gave them educational toys to play with instead. On Thursday, a group of children ventured to Oakland police headquarters with Ortega and delivered a bunch of toy guns and knives to Interim Police Chief

Obama says he´s open to taking
executive action on immigration
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 8:29:42 PM     Post Reply
President Obama on Friday said he´s open to taking executive action on immigration. The president said if Congress can’t pass reform legislation, he would explore all “available options” to implement a “smart system” unilaterally. “I’m going to look at all available options,” Obama said during a virtual “road trip” chat hosted by Google. Obama said he’s “modestly optimistic” that Congress would pass immigration legislation this year and called the immigration principles unveiled by House Republican leaders this week a step in the right direction. “There are still some differences,” Obama said. “I want to engage. I don’t want to prejudge and presuppose that we can’t

  


  

Pooches reporting for baby duty:
Watch these loyal guard dogs
as they protect their family´s
little ones from harm
Daily Mail [UK], by Margot Peppers    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 1/31/2014 8:22:04 PM     Post Reply
They say dogs are a man´s best friend, but it seems they have a certain attachment to babies, too. In a compilation of YouTube videos posted by Funnyplox TV, family pets show off their inner guard dogs as they go to great lengths to protect the littlest members of the family. Whether they´re watching over the babies while they nap or making sure they don´t hurt themselves, these caring canines seem to possess an innate loyalty to their human friends.

Waxman Retirement A Sign Of
The Times For Troubled Dems
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 8:10:45 PM     Post Reply
Politics: Henry Waxman, who perhaps had the greatest impact on America of any congressman of his generation, is stepping down after 40 years. Sorry, we won´t be joining the rest of the media in singing his praises. The diminutive and uncharismatic politician acquired immense clout in Congress by patient politicking and deal-making — the very things his arch foes, the Republicans, aren´t very good at. His quiet power is unmatched. If you´ve never heard of Waxman, he´s one of the farthest-left members of the House of Representatives, a key member of the chamber´s way-beyond-liberal Progressive Caucus. The Democratic Socialists of America claim

Daily Texan Student Reporter
Uses ´Pro-abortion´ Label in
Story; Editors Scrub Term After Uproar
Newsbusters, by Jill Stanek    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 7:54:36 PM     Post Reply
A reporter for The Daily Texan, the student newspaper for the University of Texas, got it right when calling abortion supporters what they are – “pro-abortion” – five times in an article about a counter-demonstration held during the annual pro-life Texas Rally for Life on January 24. The term even made the article’s headline. [see below page break for image] But she infuriated those who support abortion but who strangely aren’t proud of it. Complaints poured in: “First, someone who supports reproductive rights and access to abortion is not ‘pro-abortion.’” “The ‘pro-abortion’ label is completely inaccurate…. [O]ne can be personally opposed

Foundation created to plan
Obama´s presidential library
The Hill (Washington DC), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 7:49:17 PM     Post Reply
The Barack H. Obama Foundation has officially been formed to begin planning Obama’s future presidential library, its directors announced on Friday. The foundation’s directors, long-time supporters of Obama, are Martin Nesbitt, J. Kevin Poorman and Julianna Smoot. The library’s goal is to reflect Obama’s career in public service, “expanding economic opportunity, inspiring an ethic of American citizenship, and promoting peace, justice, and dignity throughout the world,” the foundation said in a statement Friday. “I’m humbled and honored that President Obama has entrusted me to lead this effort,” Nesbitt said. “The President’s future library will one day serve as an important part

  


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Capitol Police won´t pursue
case against NY Rep. Grimm
The Hill (Washington DC), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2014 7:46:01 PM     Post Reply
United States Capitol Police told The Hill on Friday that it won’t pursue a case against Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) regarding his confrontation with a reporter this week. “Consistent with our law enforcement responsibilities, we looked into the event, determined there isn’t a complainant and have closed the matter,” Capitol Police spokesman Shennell Antrobus told The Hill. The decision comes a day after Fox News reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia was considering pressing charges against Grimm for threatening a reporter at the Capitol on Tuesday after the State of the Union address. The U.S.

Obama Pollster Gaffe: Income
Inequality ´A Bit Overhyped´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/31/2014 7:43:01 PM     Post Reply
Last month, President Barack Obama hailed income inequality as "the defining challenge of our time." Politico says nervous Democrats are "convinced" the issue will help stave off midterm election losses to Republicans. On Wednesday, however, Obama´s own pollster, Joel Benenson, told reporters at a Democratic gathering he believes "the attention on inequality is a bit overhyped." Benenson said the widening gap between rich and poor is "a real issue in America"; however, CS Monitor says Obama´s pollster "doesn´t think Americans resent people at the top who have done well--as long as the playing field is level." Benenson´s comments echo recent

Maine’s highest court: Transgender
student’s rights were violated
Portland (Maine) Press-Herald, by Matt Byrne    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 7:41:52 PM     Post Reply
The rights of a transgender girl from Orono were violated when school administrators made her use a staff bathroom at her elementary school instead of the girls’ restroom, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday. The ruling is the first in which a state supreme court has affirmed a transgender person’s right to equal access to restrooms in places of public accommodation. Lawyers representing Nicole Maines, who is now 16, said the decision could lay a foundation for other states’ courts that are facing questions about the emerging rights of people who identify as the opposite of their birth gender.

Bloomberg tapped to be UN
cities, climate change envoy
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 7:18:35 PM     Post Reply
UNITED NATIONS — Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was appointed Friday to be the U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change, a position that will give the billionaire businessman and philanthropist an international stage to press for action to combat global warming. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chose Bloomberg, who made combating climate change a major focus of his 12 years as mayor and was very outspoken on how cities should be run to cope with ever increasing populations without harming the environment. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Bloomberg will assist the U.N. chief in his consultations with mayors

  


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Inside the GOP´s Immigration
´Principles´ Showdown
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 6:58:03 PM     Post Reply
CAMBRIDGE, Maryland—House leadership began the closed-door immigration meeting Thursday by passing out their immigration "principles" just as the first news stories about what was in them were starting to pop. But if the public rollout of the document seemed like an announcement, the feeling inside the room was much more tentative. Speaker John Boehner, in particular, surprised many in the audience with his tepid words on behalf of moving forward. "He seemed timid or reluctant to suggest that this was anything but a discusssion," Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) told Breitbart News. "He even said, he made the statement—which I found surprising --

If GOP Leadership Pushes Immigration Reform,
House’s Rising Stars Are Likely to Campaign
Against It
National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 6:45:12 PM     Post Reply
One tacit premise of the Republican House leadership’s push for immigration reform is that it’s good politics. The four members of the GOP conference stepping on to a larger stage this year, as candidates for the U.S. Senate, will probably disagree, and the 2014 campaign season may pit House leaders, chief among them Speaker John Boehner, who are campaigning for reform, against some of the party’s rising stars who are likely to crisscross their states inveighing against it. Two of the GOP’s Senate candidates, West Virginia congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and Arkansas congressman Tom Cotton, are considered up-and-comers in the party.

Did alien life flourish straight after the
Big Bang? New theory claims we may
be latecomers to the universe
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Mark Prigg    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 6:42:27 PM     Post Reply
Humans may have been a late arrival to a universe full of alien life, a new theory has claimed. Harvard astrophysicist Abraham Loeb believes that exoplanets warmed by radiation from the big bang may have been teeming with life just 15 million years after it occurred. The earliest evidence of life on Earth so far found dates from 3.8 billion years ago, around 700 million years after our planet formed. ´When the universe was 15 million years old, the cosmic microwave background had a temperature of a warm summer day on Earth,´ he told Space.com. ´If rocky planets existed at that epoch, then the

NBC In Miami Calls Republican
Party ´Reprehensible´
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2014 6:29:19 PM     Post Reply
NBC does it again, this time through a Miami affiliate that broadcast a graphic (see above) that read: "Reprehensible Party of Florida." You have to ask yourself what kind of culture there is at NBC News that makes staffers believe that dehumanizing Republicans in this way is okay. This isn´t a one-off. It is a troubling pattern that just never stops. The full segment is below: Lenny Curry, the Republican Party of Florida Chairman, fired off a letter to the station demanding an apology and floating the idea of legal action: President and General Manager Larry Olevitch WTVJ - NBC MIAMI Vice President of

Will Obama´s proposed retirement account
plan muster bi-partisan support?
Fox News, by Doug McKelway    Original Article
Posted By: SallyHerigstad- 1/31/2014 6:06:25 PM     Post Reply
In the polarized atmosphere of Washington, President Obama may have found that rare idea with bi-partisan appeal - his plan for new, federally-backed savings accounts for low and middle income wage earners called MyRA, short for My Retirement Account. "What it is, it´s a new type of savings bond that we can set up without legislation that encourages Americans to begin to build a nest egg," Obama told a crowd in West Miflin, Pa. the day after he unveiled the MyRA plan in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech.

  



Christie denies allegation from
Port Authority official
Daily Caller, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/31/2014 6:05:12 PM     Post Reply
Responding to an allegation lodged against him by a disgruntled official at the center of the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reiterated on Friday that he had no direct knowledge about the infamous lane closings last year. An attorney for David Wildstein — the former Port Authority official who oversaw the closings and lost his job as a result — said in a letter released Friday that “evidence exists” that ties Christie to the closings. “Mr. Wildstein’s lawyer confirms what the Governor has said all along – he had absolutely no prior knowledge of the lane closures before

Ex-Port Authority Official Says ‘Evidence
Exists’ Christie Knew About Lane Closings
New York Times, by KATE ZERNIKE    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/31/2014 6:02:28 PM     Post Reply
The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, central to the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, said on Friday that “evidence exists” the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening.In a letter released by his lawyer, the former official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence

Prince Charles slams
climate-change deniers
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 5:46:38 PM     Post Reply
LONDON -- Prince Charles has called people who deny human-made climate change a "headless chicken brigade" who are ignoring overwhelming scientific evidence. The heir to the British throne, a dedicated environmentalist, accused "powerful groups of deniers" of mounting "a barrage of sheer intimidation" against opponents. He made the comments at a Buckingham Palace awards ceremony on Thursday. Charles said it was "baffling ... that in our modern world we have such blind trust in science and technology that we all accept what science tells us about everything - until, that is, it comes to climate science." He praised finalists for the Prince of Wales

It Ought to Be
Curtains for the TSA
National Review, by Charles C. W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 1/31/2014 5:44:05 PM     Post Reply
It has been the worst kept secret of the last decade: a truth that dared speak its name only when muttered quietly, a ruse that has been justified and rejustified on grounds that would never traditionally pass muster; and a target for Americans across the political board — for the recalcitrant, for the complaisant, and for those somewhere in between. It, of course, is the TSA — that vain, extravagant, and unhappily anxious piece of post-9/11 performance art that has been extended far beyond Broadway and out onto a permanent tour of the provinces, in whose airports a cast of

S&P 500 ends January with
a loss: Bad 2014 omen?
USA Today, by Adam Shell and Kim Hjelmgaard    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/31/2014 5:42:47 PM     Post Reply
Stocks finished the day and the week with losses Friday as Wall Street posted the first negative January for the Standard & Poor´s 500 since 2010 -- a poor start that history says could bode ill for the remainder of the year. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 149.76 points, or 0.9%, to 15,698.85. The S&P 500 closed down 11.60 points, 0.7%, to 1,782.59. The tech-laden Nasdaq composite ended down 19.25 points, 0.5%, to 4,103.88. The Dow had earlier tumbled as much as 230 points -- its biggest drop since Friday, when it gave up 318 points. The drop

Making Sense of the Senseless
Ruslimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/31/2014 5:31:13 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Now, let me close the loop on immigration. We sit here, it doesn´t make any sense. It´s the end of the Republican Party. The polling data all shows it. The people that would be granted amnesty are not gonna vote Republican because of this or anything else. I mean, not without a lot of work. And the Republican Party being so publicly for amnesty is not going to change how these people vote. I don´t know if the Republicans think that´s going to happen. I do know that the prevailing thought or theory is really baked in total defensiveness. "Don´t

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