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Obama to unveil new manufacturing
institutes in Chicago, Detroit
Los Angeles Times, by Christi Parsons & Melissa Harris    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2014 5:10:26 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to announce on Tuesday the opening of two new manufacturing institutes in the Chicago and Detroit areas as part of a larger plan to use public-private partnerships to advance his agenda despite opposition from Republicans in Congress. Several federal agencies will join forces with companies and universities to run the institutes, which will be devoted to bridging the gap between applied research and product development, according to an administration official familiar with the plans. Each institute will function as a “teaching factory,” the official said, and will provide training for workers while also helping companies get the

Former NRA president Charlton
Heston to get US Post Office stamp
Daily Caller, by Mike Piccione    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/23/2014 5:05:29 AM     Post Reply
The United States Postal Service has announced that former NRA President Charlton Heston will be honored with his own stamp. The stamp is part of their “Legends of Hollywood” series, and while the specific issue date has not yet determined, it will be issued sometime in 2014. Heston was a five term president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003. He was a tireless advocate for Second Amendment rights and will always be remembered by the NRA faithful for his “cold, dead hands” speech delivered at the 2000 NRA Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. The speech was

Police chief forced to apologize
over comments saying that at least
jogger didn´t have to deal with
police who sexually assaulted her
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Grieg    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/23/2014 4:46:33 AM     Post Reply
Austin police chief Art Acevedo has issued an apology for comments he made during a press conference yesterday concerning the arrest of a female jogger near the University of Texas campus on Thursday. Acevedo dismissed the controversy over police handling of a jaywalking jogger, saying ´Cops are actually committing sexual assaults on duty so I thank God that this is what passes for a controversy in Austin, Texas.´ Today, he released a statement saying that he was trying to put the arrest of jogger Amanda Jo Stephen ´into context by bringing attention to the fact that law enforcement deals with many acts

  


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Self-Described Thugs
Weekly Standard, by Scrapbook    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2014 4:37:53 AM     Post Reply
To hear the left tell it, the right is seething with hatred, ready to erupt into violence at any moment. Pro-lifers, gun owners, and Tea Partiers—a Venn diagram that encompasses more than half the country—are all sub rosa thugs. The media assist by reflexively blaming acts of political violence on conservatives, even when no such connection exists. Last week provided a good reminder that one of the biggest sources of political violence in this country has long been and remains labor unions. The Justice Department filed racketeering and arson charges against the Ironworkers Local 401 in Philadelphia. “The defendants relied

When Millenials Can´t Move
Out of Their Parents´ Basements
the Entire Economy Suffers
New Republic, by David Dayen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/23/2014 4:34:03 AM     Post Reply
This week, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York offered continuing evidence of the student debt crisis. Outstanding student debt again topped $1 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2013, making it the second-largest pool of debt in the nation behind mortgages. This has tripled in just a decade, as higher-education prices increased faster than medical costs, up 500 percent since 1985. While delinquency rates for all loans have trended downward for the past three years, student loan delinquencies have surged; currently 11.5 percent of all student loans are 90 days behind or more. The recent explosion in student debt—now held

Drag a Hundred Dollar Bill
through a School of Journalism
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/23/2014 4:31:55 AM     Post Reply
James Carville once shockingly demonstrated the left´s disdain for the morals of the poor, saying, "Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you´ll find." In truth, you can buy whatever you want much more easily if you drag that bill through a School of Journalism. CNS reports that George Soros has seeded such schools at the University of Southern California and the University of Wisconsin to create shock troops for the now shelved FCC plan to monitor (bully) the media into acting as even bigger megaphones for the administration and Democratic Party than they already

Despite setback, the FCC’s snout
is under the tent
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 2/23/2014 4:26:57 AM     Post Reply
Chalk one up for the good guys — well, sort of. After a week of mockery, derision, and disdain, the Federal Communications Commission has announced that it won’t put observers in newsrooms after all. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Feb. 10 had alerted the public to the dangers of having government representatives querying news bosses about how they decide what stories to cover — and which ones not to cover. The implicit threat of such heavy-handed research is that the government could be on the verge of announcing that IT will decide what stories are important to

  


  

Wisconsin’s Legacy for Unions
New York Times, by Steven Greenhouse    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/23/2014 4:21:20 AM     Post Reply
Three years ago, a labor leader named Marty Beil was one of the loudest opponents of Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill,” a proposal that brought tens of thousands of protesters out to the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison in frigid February weather. A gruff-voiced grizzly of a man, Mr. Beil warned that the bill was rigged with booby traps that would cripple the state’s public-sector unions. He gets no satisfaction from being right. Since the law was passed, membership in his union, which represents state employees, has fallen 60 percent; its annual budget has plunged to $2 million from $6

Ship loses more than 500 containers
CNN, by Tom Lister    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/23/2014 4:15:06 AM     Post Reply
On any day, between 5 million and 6 million containers are on the high seas, carrying everything from potato chips to refrigerators. But not all of them make it to their destination, as the crew of the Svendborg Maersk have just found out. Their Danish-flagged ship was in the Bay of Biscay last week as hurricane-force winds battered the Atlantic coast of Europe. Amid waves of 30 feet and winds of 60 knots, the Svendborg began losing containers off northern France. After the ship arrived in the Spanish port of Malaga this week, Maersk discovered that about 520 containers were

As Allies Fell, Noose Closed
on ´El Chapo´ Guzman
Associated Press, by Martin Duran*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/23/2014 4:09:57 AM     Post Reply
MAZATLAN, Mexico -- For 13 years Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman watched from the rugged mountains of western Mexico as authorities captured or killed the leaders of every group that challenged his Sinaloa cartel´s spot at the top of global drug trafficking. Unscathed and his legend growing, the stocky son of a peasant farmer grabbed a slot on the Forbes´ billionaires´ list and a folkloric status as the capo who grew too powerful to catch. Then, late last year, authorities started closing on the inner circle of the world´s most-wanted drug lord. The son of one of his two top henchmen, Ismael "Mayo"

Ukraine: President´s Whereabouts Unknown
Associated Press, by Yuras Karmanau & Jim Heintz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/23/2014 4:06:32 AM     Post Reply
KIEV, Ukraine -- The whereabouts of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych were unclear on Sunday, a day after he left the capital and his arch foe Yulia Tymoshenko was freed from prison and returned to Kiev to address a massive, adoring crowd. A plane with Yanukovych onboard was denied permission to take off Saturday evening from Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine that is the president´s base of support, en route to Russia, the State Border Guard Service said. The president´s spokesman said Sunday morning that even he does not know where Yanukovych is. The Kiev protest camp at the center of the

  


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What gradual climate warming
could mean for Michigan tourism
Gannett Michigan, by Kathleen Lavey    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/23/2014 12:18:31 AM     Post Reply
Lined up in the parking lot of the Mt. Brighton ski area last summer, rows of new, state-of-the-art snow-making equipment gave the place a military feel. They even call the huge, round fans that cool and crystallize droplets of water into snowflakes “guns.” The equipment, part of a $10 million renovation at the popular Livingston County ski area, is an investment in the future by its new owners, Colorado-based Vail Resorts. (Snip) But it’s also critical hardware to cope with longer-term climate change, which has boosted the average temperature in the U.S. about 1.5 degrees

Hayes and Krauthammer Scoff
at Media Claim of ‘Austerity’ Under
Obama: ‘An Assault on the Dictionary’
Newsbusters, by Brent Baker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/23/2014 12:12:17 AM     Post Reply
Steve Hayes and Charles Krauthammer, on Friday’s Special Report with Bret Baier, scoffed at the Washington Post’s front page characterization that President Barack Obama’s expected budget proposal “will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency.” Hayes marveled: “This is one of the funny things about reading mainstream newspapers and watching mainstream media report on this President, is they somehow are operating under the illusion we’re living in this age of austerity.” Krauthammer proposed, “we have talked about Obama’s assaulting the Constitution. This is an assault on the dictionary. This is a

´Don´t let a child ruin what we have
worked for!´: Residents of wealthy
Atlanta neighborhood plan protest
against Justin Bieber moving into the area
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/22/2014 11:26:11 PM     Post Reply
It seems some wealthy Atlantans aren´t keen on the prospect of a drag-racing, egg-throwing Canadian teenager for a neighbor. Residents of the well-to-do Buckhead neighborhood are planning to stage a protest outside the Blackland Road property the pop star has his eye on. Given Bieber´s prior egg-throwing antics at his Calabasas residence, which are now under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney´s office, the residents´ wariness is understandable. The event is set for Monday and so far 136 people have committed to the 6am event. [Snip] ´Some can’t even let their children play in the driveway without fear;

Why the eruption in Kiev could set off a
tsunami that will engulf us all: As Ukraine
burns, a stark warning from our most
authoritative historian of Eastern Europe
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Almond    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/22/2014 11:20:39 PM     Post Reply
Television pictures of revolutions can make them seem like a spectator sport. [Snip] But the implosion of the Ukrainian state in the last 48 hours is a political earthquake. Chaos in Kiev could set off a tsunami that will toss Western Europe from its moorings too. It is a mistake to think we are watching from a safe distance. Maybe Ukraine is as foreign to the British people today as it was when an obscure crisis on its southern coast in Queen Victoria’s reign became the Crimean War. Maybe Ukraine is as foreign to the British people today as it

  


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Obama seeks to defuse
tensions among Democrats
Washington Post, by Karen Tumulty    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/22/2014 11:17:57 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is stepping up his efforts to coalesce and energize the Democratic base for the 2014 elections, backing off on issues where his positions might alienate the left, and more aggressively singling out Republicans as being responsible for the country’s problems. Voter turnout in midterm elections tends to be much lighter than it is in years when the country is picking a president, which means that it is crucial to maximize the enthusiasm of the party stalwarts who are most likely to show up at the polls. That helps explain why, in several sensitive policy areas, Obama recently has

1 Dead, Dozens Rushed To
Area Hospitals After Carbon
Monoxide Leak At Long Island Mall
CBS News [New York], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/22/2014 10:52:55 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK – One person is dead and at least two dozen others were rushed to area hospitals for apparent carbon monoxide poisoning at a mall on Long Island Saturday evening. A spokesperson for the Huntington Community First Aid Squad told 1010 WINS that an employee of the restaurant Legal Sea Foods at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station was killed by the odorless gas. A total of 29 people were also rushed to area hospitals and treated for elevated levels of carbon monoxide. A spokesperson for Huntington Hospital said 10 of those sickened were rushed there and that

White House pushes for black enrollees
The Hill, by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/22/2014 10:43:54 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is engaged in a “final coordinated push” to enroll blacks in ObamaCare, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said Friday. Jarrett said blacks have a “disproportionately low rate of coverage,” and called enrolling them the administration’s “top priority.” “We still have a long way to go and we want to make sure we take advantage of every opportunity for outreach,” she said in a Friday conference call with reporters and three mayors that preside over large black communities: Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and A.C. Wharton of Memphis, Tenn. An estimated 6.8 million

U.S. reacts cautiously to Ukraine upheaval
Los Angeles Times, by Paul Richter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 10:43:40 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Only a few weeks ago, the turmoil in Ukraine seemed like a remote conflict in which Washington had little at stake and not a great deal of leverage. Now, however, it is clear that the apparent collapse of the old order in Ukraine could leave the Obama administration with a mess it cannot ignore. The challenges that could soon face the White House include a Yugoslavia-style civil war, an expensive economic bailout and further damage to its strained but crucial relationship with Moscow. Accordingly, the administration reacted cautiously Saturday to the departure of President Viktor Yanukovich from the

Al Gore Brings Climate Change
message to Kansas City
Kansas City Star, by Brian Burnes    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/22/2014 10:29:45 PM     Post Reply
Al Gore has been known for his climate change warnings since the 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth.” But the former vice president, speaking Saturday in Kansas City, cited many more recent examples how heavy use of fossil fuels is contributing to extreme weather events and trends, in his view. Gore filled a Westin Crown Center ballroom with a 90-minute presentation, using photos and videos to illustrate a litany of floods, wildfires, torrential rains, droughts, dust storms, rising sea levels and increasing world temperatures.

  



John Boehner just bought a condo
in Florida. Hello, retirement?
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/22/2014 10:09:32 PM     Post Reply
John Boehner´s purchase of an $835,000 condo in an exclusive community in Marco Island, Fla. -- a story broken by Jonathan Strong at Breitbart News -- has increased chatter that the House speaker is planning his exit strategy from Washington when the 113th Congress draws to a close later this year. (snip) Politically speaking, the timing of Boehner buying a condo in Florida days after he broke with his conference to push -- and vote for -- a clean debt-ceiling increase is hard to simply dismiss. It could, of course, be simple coincidence. But, it´s been our experience that coincidences

Kerry Kennedy ´set to admit
leaving the scene of an accident
so she avoids drug charge over car crash´
Daily Mail (UK), by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 10:02:17 PM     Post Reply
Kerry Kennedy may agree to a plea deal over driving while drugged charges stemming from a 2012 accident so she can continue her extensive human rights work. Kennedy, 54, is afraid a conviction would bring with it restrictions that would curtail her international travels – she has visited several dozen countries on humanitarian missions. The plea deal was previously discussed between her legal team and prosecutors before being shelved, but her attorneys have brought it back to the table with her trial slated to start Monday, according to the New York Daily News.

Detroit homeowner kills
1 intruder, wounds another
Detroit News, by George Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/22/2014 9:51:03 PM     Post Reply
Detroit — Two men who broke into a southwest Detroit house early Saturday morning encountered an armed homeowner who opened fire, killing one of the intruders and wounding the other. The incident is the second this week involving a homeowner who used a firearm to fend off intruders. The most recent shooting happened at about 2 a.m. at a home in the 5000 block of Toledo, Detroit Police 3rd Deputy Chief Rodney Johnson said. “After two men broke into the home, one of the suspects attempted to hit the homeowner with a tire-iron,” Johnson said. “A struggle ensued, and the homeowner

Report: NFL Considering Penalizing
Players 15 Yards for Racial, Anti-Gay Slurs
Breitbart Sports, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/22/2014 9:48:56 PM     Post Reply
The NFL may penalize players 15 yards for racial and homophobic slurs and eject them from the game after a second offense. John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group that monitors diversity, told ESPN that he "expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field." Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome "said the committee talked about other slurs coming under any possible new rule, including homophobic slurs." "I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we´re trying

Obama to Propose
Shift in Wildfire Funding
New York Times, by Coral Davenport    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/22/2014 9:48:02 PM     Post Reply
Washington - President Obama’s annual budget request to Congress will propose a significant change in how the government pays to fight wildfires, administration officials said, a move that they say reflects the ways in which climate change is increasing the risk for and cost of those fires. The wildfire funding shift is one in a series of recent White House actions related to climate change (Snip) A series of scientific studies have warned that increasing carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels could cause the planet to warm by more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, leading to rising sea levels, stronger storms and more

#DemWarOnWomen : Vulnerable Dem In
MI Using Lawfare To Silence Cancer
Stricken ObamaCare Critic
Breitbart´s InstaBlog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/22/2014 9:46:14 PM     Post Reply
A vulnerable MI Congressman is using lawfare in an attempt to intimidate and silence Julie Boonstra, a Michigan mother battling leukemia who spoke out against ObamaCare after the insurance plan she liked was cancelled. You can watch the ad, here. Taking a page out of the Organizer in Chief Barack Obama´s campaign playbook, Rep Gary Peters (@RepGaryPeters) took legal steps to bully Michigan television stations into pulling “Julie’s Story” from the airwaves. Michigan State Director Scott Hagerstrom for Americans For Prosperity, the group behind the ad, issued the following statement: “The fact that Representative Peters would

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