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Hard'hit worker wonders where the economic resurgence is

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 04:54
Associated Press, by Tamara Lush Posted By: NorthernDog- Fri, 23 54 2015 02:54:59 GMT ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ask Joshua Thevenin — who since last month has been a newspaper salesman, fireworks vendor and tele'marketer — what he thinks about assertions the economy is roaring toward recovery and you´ll get a sigh and a shake of his head. "I don´t see it. If it is, I don´t know where," he said. (Snip) Seasonal and temporary workers are typically counted as employed if they have been paid for work in the past month — even if they are out of work just a few weeks later. That can make the unemployment rate, currently a nearly

Two more bodies found in search of Annapolis mansion fire

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 04:36
Capital Gazette [Annapolis, MD], by Tim Pratt Posted By: earlybird- Fri, 23 43 2015 02:43:49 GMT Two more bodies were discovered Thursday at the site of a four'alarm fire that destroyed an Annapolis'area mansion early this week. Two other bodies were found Wednesday and two remain unaccounted for after the Monday blaze. Fire officials will resume their search tomorrow. (Snip) Investigators have not determined the identities of the four bodies pulled so far from the home. The Boone and Pyle families issued a statement Thursday morning thanking the public and investigators for their concern and efforts.

The NFL Doesn’t Want to Know How Deflate'gate Happened

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 04:36
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 38 2015 02:38:09 GMT As Brendan’s post reports, at this afternoon’s press conference, Tom Brady flatly denied altering the footballs “in any way,” which I presume includes causing anyone else associated with the Patriots to alter them. Let me add a few points. The major takeaway of the press conference is that, according to Brady, no one from the NFL has interviewed him. This is simply mindboggling. Because of the way footballs are handled pregame, the quarterback would be the most essential source of information in the event irregularities occur. Brady is thus the first person the NFL should have spoken with if the

Protesters gather at Rep. Ellmers´ DC office as she explains concern

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 04:36
News Observer (Raleigh NC), by Renee School Posted By: JoniTx- Fri, 23 19 2015 02:19:12 GMT Protesters gathered outside the office of U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers on Thursday to urge the Congresswoman to act on anti'abortion legislation that was pulled from an expected vote. Ellmers played a key role in delaying the bill, which would ban abortions at 20 weeks and later, and has been swept up in a storm of concern about her effort. Ellmers and a spokeswoman said the Republican lawmaker from Dunn was mainly concerned about a requirement in the bill that a woman would have to report rape or incest to police before it could be a legal exception to the ban.

Rolling Stone´s Taibbi: ´American Sniper´ ´Ludicrous and Idiotic´; Chris Kyle ´Kind of A D**k´

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 04:17
NewsBusters, by Kyle Drennen Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 11 2015 02:11:12 GMT In a nasty screed against American Sniper on Wednesday, Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi claimed the Oscar'nominated film was "almost too dumb to criticize" but proceeded to do so anyway, declaring: "Even by the low low standards of this business, it still manages to sink to a new depth or two." Taibbi´s main problem movie becomes clear a few paragraphs in as proceeds to rant against the Iraq war and the Bush administration: "Sniper is a movie whose politics are so ludicrous and idiotic that under normal circumstances it would be beneath criticism. The only thing that forces us

Four bears in New Hampshire may have suffered death by chocolate

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 04:17
Washington Post [DC], by Sarah Larimer Posted By: snakeoil- Fri, 23 07 2015 02:07:29 GMT Here at The Washington Post, bear'related news ranks surprisingly high on our list of general interests. Perhaps you have noticed this. Normally, we like to give you fun bear'related news, because, man, bears can be a real delight. But that content strategy went up in flames Thursday, when we saw this headline on the Concord Monitor’s website: “After bear deaths linked to chocolate, N.H. Fish and Game to propose changes to bait regulations.” Oh. So, here’s what happened: Officials in New Hampshire say the remains of four bears were found near a bait site a few months ago, the newspaper

HUD under the influence of lobbyists

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 04:17
Washington Examiner, by Luke Rosiak Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 47 2015 01:47:50 GMT A top executive of a trade association that lobbies for local housing authorities was hired by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to regulate those same authorities — and was allowed to keep her paid job at the lobbying association at the same time. HUD´s Inspector General said the 2011 hiring of Debra Gross, deputy director of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, was an "inherent conflict of interest" in the same way it would be to hire an Exxon lobbyist to regulate oil companies. Gross was a registered lobbyist for the group until 2009. In taking the job as HUD´s

Exclusive: Pro'Life Leaders Call for Ellmers’ Ouster from Congress

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 04:17
Breitbart Big Government, by Austin Ruse Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 44 2015 01:44:35 GMT On a usually happy and even triumphant day, pro'life leaders found themselves angry at a vote in the U.S. House that never happened. Much of the talk today at the annual March for Life, that likely brought close to 500,000 mostly young people to Washington DC, was about how House leaders canned a bill that would have banned abortion after the 20th week of gestation, the point at which an unborn child is said to feel pain. Much of the anger was directed at Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, who, it is said, organized a group of female House members

Jeff Sessions Named Chairman Of Senate Immigration Panel, Renames Panel

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 04:17
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 38 2015 01:38:10 GMT Sen. Jeff Sessions (R'AL) is now chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, his office announced in a Thursday release. Sen. David Vitter (R'LA)—another immigration hardliner who’s stood with Sessions every step of the way over the past several years—will serve as that subcommittee’s deputy chairman. Sessions will also chair the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee. This announcement comes after Sessions, who was in line to chair the full Senate Budget Committee, stepped aside to allow Sen. Mike Enzi (R'WY) to chair it. Enzi asserted seniority, even though Sessions has been ranking member for the last

Whistleblower: Pelosi Covered Up Role In Crisis

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 04:17
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 25 2015 01:25:40 GMT Subprime Scandal: We´ve long suspected the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission wasn´t honest in examining events before the meltdown. But an ex'commissioner says the probe was actually a full'blown political cover'up. In a just'released book, former FCIC member Peter Wallison says that a Democratic Congress worked with the commission´s Democratic chairman to whitewash the government´s central role in the mortgage debacle. The conspiracy helped protect some of the Democrats´ biggest stars from scrutiny and accountability while helping justify the biggest government takeover of the financial sector since the New Deal. Wallison´s sobering, trenchantly written "Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused

Detroit man who murdered two white teens declares ‘black lives matter’ during sentencing

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 04:17
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 14 2015 01:14:47 GMT A black man who was found guilty of murdering two white teenagers execution'style in a vacant Detroit field defiantly declared “black lives matter” Wednesday before being sentenced to life in prison. Fredrick Young and Felando Hunter were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for robbing, torturing and murdering Jourdan Bobbish and Jacob Kudla, who had met up with them in July 2012 to buy drugs, a local Fox affiliate reported. Young shocked the courtroom when he was given the chance to address the victims’ families, but instead apologized to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. “I’d

Feinstein’s aides first spied on the CIA and swiped documents, Bayh charges

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:34
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 10 2015 01:10:03 GMT When Sen. Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor last March, she told a harrowing tale of spying, intrigue and possible law'breaking — all by the CIA. And the targets were her own Democratic staff, whom the then'Intelligence Committee chairwoman portrayed as innocent victims of a band of intrusive agency officers who penetrated the aides’ computer hard drives. Sounding grave, the California Democrat said the CIA searches “may have undermined the constitutional framework” and violated federal criminal law. She said she had not gotten a requested CIA apology or an admission of wrongdoing. This month former Sen. Evan Bayh issued

Is 20'Week'Old Unborn Child a Human Being? Hoyer: ‘This Is Not a Real Issue’

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 03:34
Cybercast News Service, by Brittany M. Hughes Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 00 2015 01:00:36 GMT Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland did not directly answer when asked the yes'no question of whether an unborn child 20 weeks after conception is a human being. Instead Hoyer said that “this is not a real issue.” CNSNews.com asked Hoyer the question at a press event following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union at the Capitol on Tuesday evening. CNSNews.com asked: “Do you believe that an unborn child is a human being at 20 weeks after conception?” Hoyer said: “Look, what I bel''first of all, a very, very few number of abortions are done after 20 weeks. And then, almost exclusively for

eBay Lays Off Thousands After Obama Touts Company in State of the Union Address

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:35
Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 50 2015 12:50:39 GMT THE POLITICO reports that President Obama, during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, gave shout outs to a number of American companies in an effort to highlight the strength of the U.S. economy. Nearly all of those companies, it turns out, are big political spenders and have contributed heavily to Democrats. One of those companies was eBay, which Obama cited as an example of how “millions of Americans [are working] in jobs that didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago.” That now seems like an unfortunate choice, because less than 24 hours after Obama’s speech, eBay announced

Kerry: Muslim integration problem in Europe a lot like US in 1960s, or something

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:16
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 47 2015 12:47:04 GMT Our friend Jeryl Bier made this astonishing find earlier today, from a press conference after a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and an EU official yesterday. In the press conference that followed, a reporter asked Kerry about remarks made by Barack Obama about the issues of integration between Muslims in Europe and their national communities. Kerry then offered a jaw'dropping response that equated Muslim communities in Europe to minorities in the US during the civil'rights era, getting the problem exactly backwards in the process (emphasis mine): Question: [W]e heard recently from President Obama talking about the potential lack

Breaking: Top Tammany Democrat Silver Arrested — Is Andrew Cuomo Next? Updated

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:57
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 39 2015 12:39:18 GMT Sheldon Silver is finally getting what’s long been coming to him: Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York state Assembly, was arrested Thursday morning on corruption charges. Silver showed up at 26 Federal Plaza in downtown Manhattan at 8 a.m. where he was arrested by FBI agents. He’s set to make his initial appearance before a federal judge Thursday afternoon. Silver’s spokesman, Michael Whyland, declined comment before the arrest. US Attorney Preet Bharara scheduled a press conference at 1 p.m. to detial the charges.The powerful Manhattan Democrat Silver has been the target of an on'going federal probe of

Harry Reid reveals he hasn´t been able to read since his accident and announces he still plans to run again

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:57
Daily Mail [UK], by Francesca Chambers & Corey Charlton Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 16 2015 12:16:51 GMT Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said today he intends to run for reelection next year in spite of a New Year´s Day accident that left him with four broken ribs and severe damage to his right eye. Reid will undergo surgery his eye next week. Today he revealed his eye is so weak he hasn´t been able to read regularly and has instead had to listen to audio books. ´As some of you know, I´m an avid reader. Read lots and lots of books, even some good ones during the break,´ Reid told reporters today during his first media availability since he

Doomsday Clock reads 11.57: Atomic scientists move minute hand two minutes forward ' and say we are at closest point to disaster in decades

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:39
Daily Mail [UK], by Rachel Reilly* Posted By: KarenJ1- Fri, 23 07 2015 12:07:26 GMT The Doomsday Clock’s minute hand has been moved two minutes closer to midnight as experts warn we are closer than ever to a global catastrophe. In a live international news conference, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) said that the threat of climate change and nuclear war posed a very serious threat to modern society. Their symbolic clock is now set at three minutes to midnight, but while they say it is not too late to avert disaster ‘the window for action is closing rapidly’. The conference took place at 4pm GMT (11am EST) today. Key topics discussed included evidence of accelerating

Tom Brady: ‘This Isn’t ISIS, No One Is Dying’

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:39
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman Posted By: KarenJ1- Thu, 22 56 2015 11:56:21 GMT In perhaps the strangest moment of Tom Brady‘s “DeflateGate” press conference (and that’s saying something), the Patriots quarterback actually invoked ISIS as he laughingly downplayed the scandal over underinflated footballs. Brady assured this is much ado about nothing, saying as he laughed, “Things are gonna be fine. This isn’t ISIS. You know, no one’s dying.” Twitter jumped all over that one: jimgeraghty ? @jimgeraghty Follow This isn´t ISIS… but Vladimir Putin did steal Patriots Owner Robert Kraft´s Super Bowl ring. 5:18 PM ' 22 Jan 2015 Robert Klemko ? @RobertKlemko Follow New stock response whenever somebody gets mad at me: "Look dude, this isn´t ISIS." 5:03 PM '

This is what happens when the White House does a YouTube interview

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 23:21
Washington Post, by Jaime Fuller Posted By: KarenJ1- Thu, 22 50 2015 11:50:39 GMT President Obama met with three YouTube stars '' each with millions of followers '' to discuss his State of the Union address on Thursday. The White House hoped to reach new audiences with the move, and it definitely felt different than most high'profile presidential interviews ''especially when GloZell Green told the president that Fidel Castro"puts the d**k in dictatorship." (Important note: Obama did not see the questions before the interviews.) This is how Obama reacted to that line: Greg Krieg ? @GregJKrieg Follow RT @jeffzeleny ...about Castro, Glozell says: "The guy put d**k in dictatorship." Obama cracked a smile. //