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Gambling revenue at heart of
Detroit´s dilemmas, new and old

Reuters, by Karen Pierog & Joseph Lichterman

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/21/2014 5:15:35 AM

For Detroit, the road in and out of U.S. bankruptcy court is paved with casino money. An economic lifeline, wagering tax revenue from the city´s three casinos is at the heart of the bankruptcy plan submitted by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, and it is behind the surprise rejection of a deal with banks last week that has thrown a wrench into Detroit´s route and timing to recovery. Moreover, some $330 million in assistance pledged by a coalition of philanthropic groups, including the Ford Foundation and the Kresge Foundation, will not begin flowing to Detroit until it exits bankruptcy, the head

      


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Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 5:38:00 AM     Post Reply
The president once again is calling for a massive investment in infrastructure projects. In his State of the Union address, he argued that money saved by simplifying the tax code could then be invested in repairing and building bridges, roads, ports, and other key infrastructure. Regrettably, all these proposed public works projects would be covered by the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 (D-B), an outdated, anachronistic federal statute that mandates the payment of “prevailing wages” (read "union scale") for all workers on federally funded construction projects. D-B unnecessarily inflates construction costs, imposes wasteful bureaucratic paperwork requirements on contractors, and allocates employment opportunities unfairly.

Pat Roberts, senator from Kansas:
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Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 5:23:42 AM     Post Reply
Team Roberts is angry at the NYT for publishing this, claiming that he’s visited all 72 counties in the state recently and insisting that it’s a “distortion” to say that he doesn’t have his own home there. Is it? He stays at the home of a couple of friends/donors when he makes the trip back to Kansas and pays them a few hundred bucks a month for the privilege. Note the timeline, too, on when he established his voting address there. Close enough to a “home of his own” for government work? This feels like a re-run of Dick Lugar’s last

AFL-CIO: Bring on the natural-gas
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Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 4:48:06 AM     Post Reply
Big Labor’s support for the Keystone XL pipeline has been on the books for a long time — theirs is one of the fissures in the progressive coalition that has turned the project into such a giant politicized headache for the White House — but I am a little surprised by the apparent endorsement of natural gas exports. The Obama administration has approved four liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminals in their five years of fiefdom, but otherwise, they’ve done little more than sit on their hands while lawmakers have battled over whether or not approving some of the more than

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 4:39:26 AM     Post Reply
The Better Business Bureau and the attorneys general of several states are warning consumers of a phone scam that costs victims $20 or more per call. It works like this: Your phone rings once, leaving you notice of a missed call from an unfamiliar number. When you call back, you´re charged $19.95 for an international call, plus $9 per minute for however long you stay on the line. What keeps the scam going, Adam Levin, chairman and founder of Idenity Theft 911, tells ABC News, is the average person´s "unquenchable curiosity" about a mysterious call. "These are robocalls," says Levin, sent out

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/8/2014 4:33:56 AM     Post Reply
SOCHI, Russia-- Smoke and mirrors? Russian state television aired footage Friday of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into pyrotechnics at the Sochi Games opening ceremony. Problem is, that didn´t happen. The opening ceremony at the Winter Games hit a bump when only four of the five rings materialized in a wintry opening scene. The five were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks. But one snowflake never expanded, and the pyrotechnics never went off. But everything worked fine for viewers of the Rossiya 1, the Russian host broadcaster. As the fifth ring got stuck, Rossiya cut away

   

 

  


 
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Weekly Standard, by Ike Brannon    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/7/2014 4:01:33 PM     Post Reply
Despite my earnest intentions, my family and I are still not covered on the Washington, D.C. Obamacare exchange. I am beginning to despair that I will ever obtain insurance from the exchange. To briefly recap my ordeal (you can read my previous piece here) I went to the D.C. Health Link web page in early November to sign up my family. It was not as straightforward as I anticipated: The first few times I tried to enter the names and vitals for my wife and children the web site either locked up or otherwise failed to store that information anywhere.

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/7/2014 3:58:19 PM     Post Reply
In one of the most unconventional foreign policy stories in recent memory, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland allegedly said “fuck the E.U.” on a leaked phone call and has come under fire for the unfiltered remark. But according to a State Department spokeswoman, Nuland has now apologized for the remark that’s set off quite the controversy. Nuland was talking about working with the United Nations to deal with the current political situation in Ukraine when she made the offending remark. Naturally, the rather undiplomatic comment didn’t go over well once it went public: “She’s been in close contact with E.U.

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/7/2014 3:48:57 PM     Post Reply
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The petulant Secretary Kerry
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/7/2014 12:00:33 PM     Post Reply
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Hillary´s question: not if, but how
Yahoo!News, by Matt Bai    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/7/2014 6:23:33 AM     Post Reply
Let’s be clear about this much: no matter what the soothsayers on cable TV tell you, Hillary Clinton is no more likely to clear the Democratic field and avoid a primary in 2016 than Dennis Rodman is to become her secretary of state. Walter Mondale couldn’t pull that off in 1984, and Al Gore couldn’t do it in 2000, and the conditions for Washington-anointed frontrunners have only gotten exponentially harder since then. Somewhere out there is a guy you’ve barely heard of – name of O’Malley or Schweitzer or Hickenlooper – whose idea of fun is spending every night of the

   

 

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Cantor takes mission impossible
The Hill [DC], by Molly K. Hooper    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/6/2014 5:34:41 PM     Post Reply
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is taking the lead on crafting the GOP’s Obama-Care replacement proposal. The extraordinarily tough task faces many obstacles and is complicated by election-year politics and an unruly GOP conference. But Cantor believes the Republicans must shake their “party of no” reputation, and passing an ObamaCare replacement bill is part of that strategy. Most, if not all, Democrats will reject whatever Cantor produces. To pass a bill through the House, Republicans will need to keep defections to about 20 or fewer. That will be a tall order. For years, Republicans have promised a “repeal and replace” strategy on ObamaCare,

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/6/2014 4:38:03 PM     Post Reply
Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner passed away at his home in California on Thursday. He died peacefully from natural causes with his family at his side. He was 91. “With the passing of Ralph Kiner, the baseball world has lost one of its greatest ambassadors and the Hall of Fame has lost a wonderful friend,” said Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “Ralph spent eight decades as a player, executive and broadcaster. He was a man who truly loved our National Pastime and made it better in every way. His legacy will live forever



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