SPRINGFIELD-In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a federal appeals court in Chicago Tuesday tossed the state´s ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois´ Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry. "The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013," said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. Headline corrected and Link repaired by staff.
CARACAS - After rising from bus driver to union leader to vice president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro could soon be at the helm of the South American OPEC nation if a third bout of cancer pulls President Hugo Chavez out of office. Anointed as the former soldier´s successor, Maduro is the most popular of Chavez´s inner circle and the most qualified to carry on his oil-financed socialism. Maduro, who is seen as a moderate who has developed alliances around the world during six years as foreign minister, would assume power if Chavez has to step aside.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has finalized her shortlist of candidates to replace outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), according to a source close to the governor. The list includes five Republican South Carolina politicians who are close to Haley: Rep. Tim Scott, Rep. Trey Gowdy, former state Attorney General Henry McMaster, former first lady Jenny Sanford and Catherine Templeton, a conservative attorney Haley has picked to head the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. One name notably not on the list: Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), who said last week he thought he was in the mix
Let´s be fair. Present federal spending levels is damaging to future generations. It steals from those that are coming after us and also shaves value from the currency. Let us be fair to future generations and those who hold dollars. Let´s be fair. People who are taking money from the Social Security fund under the guise of being disabled, when they are not, are essentially stealing the money from the people who obediently paid into Social Security. Let´s be fair. Those who paid in to the fund should not be subject to fraudulent
It´s the 70th anniversary of a lustrous day in San Francisco´s maritime history. On this day in 1942, the cruiser San Francisco came home from the war, scarred, battered and victorious. The arrival of the San Francisco set off a big celebration in the city - a parade up Market Street, a solemn Mass at St. Mary´s cathedral to honor those who died, and a ceremony honoring the heroes of the big naval battle off the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal. "It was a great day," said Johnny Johnson, who was aboard the San Francisco in the battle and served on the ship
National Grid is being slapped with a whopping $18.7 million fine for a “fundamental failure” in its response to Tropical Storm Irene and the October 2011 snowstorm — and must undergo a comprehensive management audit, the Department of Public Utilities announced this morning. The utility’s response to the storms represented a “systematic and fundamental failure,” said DPU chair Ann Berwick. Thousands of Bay Staters lost power for days last year, first in the aftermath of Irene and then a freak blizzard.
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist joined the Democratic Party with trademark panache, posting a picture of himself brandishing the signed paperwork on Twitter--from a White House Christmas party. Florida newspapers reported that President Obama responded to the news with a fist pump. That was Friday. Two days later, the newly elected chairman of the Democratic Governors Association said that Crist was “certainly high on the list” of recruits for the 2014 governor’s race. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin also called Crist “an incredibly capable leader ... a great governor … and a very strong candidate,” although he said he wasn’t ruling out other potential candidates. Headline split, content added by staff
What began as a peaceful protest this morning became testy this afternoon, prompting Michigan State Police officers to don their riot gear to control an increasingly angry crowd. Tear gas was sprayed at least once. And Captain Harold Love of the Michigan State Police confirmed police used pepper spray on at least one demonstrator. He said police were positioned around the Capitol trying to keep people away from the building when one demonstrator grabbed a trooper and tried to pull her into the crowd. The trooper beside her reacted with pepper spray and the man let go of the trooper,
As protests against Michigan’s right-to-work laws swelled, pro-union Democrat legislator Douglas Geiss took to the state House floor – and Twitter – to promise violence. “We are going to undo 100 years of labor relations,” said Geiss. “And there will be blood. We will relive the Battle of the Overpass.” The Battle of the Overpass was a 1937 clash between the United Auto Workers and security troops for the Ford Motor Company, in which dozens of union activists were beaten up. It has long been considered one of the worst examples of corporate-stooge union busting.
In an interview with ABC News´s Christiane Amanpour, Mr Ballard explains that he investigated a theory proposed by two scientists from Columbia University that there was a massive flood in the Black Sea region. They believe that the Black Sea was once an isolated freshwater lake surrounded by farmland until it was flooded by a torrent of water. "We went in there to look for the flood," he told ABC News. "Not just a slow moving, advancing rise of sea level, but a really big flood that then stayed ... The land that went under stayed under."
Oh good grief. Peter Singer has embraced Aubrey de Gray’s quest to defeat human aging. For those who don’t know, de Gray–who looks like a long-lost member of ZZ Top–believes that his research is so important that it should be funded ahead of providing healthcare for destitute Africans. Indeed, I saw him give a wild-eyed speech in which he explicitly compared under funding his work to a terrorist blowing up a car. Singer first questions whether depriving people of needed healthcare now in the (vain, in both senses of the word,
Trenton — Questioned by the state Assembly Transportation Committee over the ill-fated decision to leave locomotives and train cars in rail yards that ended up flooding during Hurricane Sandy, the executive director of NJ Transit said yesterday the agency will not make the same mistake twice. NJ Transit sustained $100 million worth of damage to its rail equipment, including 62 waterlogged locomotives and 261 sopped train cars. NJ Transit Executive Director Jim Weinstein said the decision was based on the agency’s forecasts and history of no floods at the rail yards in Kearny and Hoboken, but after the worst storm
The Australian radio station that made the hoax call that preceded the apparent suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha is to donate $500,000 (£326,000) from its advertising profits to her family. Sydney-based 2Day FM again expressed ´deep regret´ over the death of Miss Saldanha, which took place shortly after she fell for the trick by two DJs at King Edward VII Hospital in London. The radio station´s owners had cancelled all of its advertising after broadcasting the call, in which Mel Greig and Michael Christian pretended to be royals
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ready to unleash its first wave of carbon-dioxide regulations. Some members of Congress want to tax hydrocarbon use and carbon-dioxide emissions. Moreover, United Nations climate alarmists are trying to devise a new treaty to regulate energy use at the international level. Even one of these government actions would send shock waves through the economy. If all three are imposed (or worse, imposed in conjunction with Obamacare and other tax increases on job and wealth creators) the impacts will be devastating. This climate crisis threatens our energy use, economy, jobs,
WASHINGTON -- In order for an ambitious budget deal to emerge, an awkward conversation must take place. House Speaker John Boehner needs to tell President Obama: "I can give some on rates for the wealthy, but I need cover on serious, structural cuts in entitlement programs." The call would be Boehner´s. But the groundwork for that conversation must be laid by the president. And Obama has been actively making it harder for Boehner to cry uncle. Obama´s initial budget offer was a calculated insult, involving, by some accounts, an actual spending increase.
Eighteen Chinese counterfeiters have been sentenced to a total of more than 46 years in prison for selling Crocs knockoffs. Officials seized 128,752 pairs of clogs and sandals, worth an estimated $9.6million, during factory raids and customs inspections. In addition to spending up to two-and-a-half-years in jail, each of offenders also face fines in the region of $25,000.(Snip) Crocs´ chief legal and administrative officer, Dan Hart, said: ´If you attempt to produce or sell infringing Crocs products, we are going to find you and take definitive action to protect our intellectual property.
CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC: We’re talking about the massive, extractive energy boom happening in America right now and how it’s transforming our politics and how that can be made to work with a sane climate policy, which is really the difficult question. Before the break I left the question on the table about the price of energy being too low right now. Basically we see this massive amount of supply has come onto the grid thanks largely to natural gas. The price has come down, and I think we generally think, “Oh, lower prices are better.”
White House officials warned in a blog post on Tuesday that the United States would not support a United Nations treaty if it gave governments more control over the management of the Internet. Administration officials argued that the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) currently taking place in Dubai "should be about updating a public telecommunications treaty to reflect today´s market-based realities—not a new venue to create regulations on the Internet, private networks, or the data flowing across them." The treaty conference is set to wrap up on Friday and member countries of the U.N. International Telecommunications Union have
Medical plans are facing an unexpected new fee. It´s to help cover people with pre-existing conditions under President Obama´s health care overhaul. The $63-per-head fee -- buried in a recent regulation -- will hit health plans serving an estimated 190 million Americans, mostly workers and their families. It´s payable starting in 2014. Employers are not happy. The cost of compliance works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies,(Snip)The Obama administration says the money will cushion health insurance companies from the hard-to-predict costs of covering uninsured people with pre-existing
The 2012 White House “Holiday” card spotlights the Obama’s family Portuguese water dog — instead of Christmas. (Snip) The black and white illustration was designed by Iowa artist Larassa Kabel and shows Bo the dog, wearing a scarf, while frolicking in the snow on the South Lawn of a blurred White House. The inside of the card reportedly reads, ”This season, may your home be filled with family, friends, and the joy of the holidays.” The card is signed by the entire First Family — along with Bo’s paw print. Vanity Fair deemed this year’s Obama ‘Holiday’
The Navy directed service members serving in Bahrain to cancel and dismantle a “Live Nativity” after receiving a complaint from a military atheist group who said the manger scene endangered Americans serving in a Muslim country and violated the U .S. Constitution. (Snip) The chaplain at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain confirmed to Fox News the nativity scene was cancelled – but referred any further comments to the NSA’s public information officer. The “Live Nativity” was a long-standing tradition at NSA Bahrain that featured the children of military personnel dressed as
Democratic lawmakers have joined with Republicans in raising alarm about a looming ObamaCare-tied tax on medical devices, saying the additional tax is causing "uncertainty and confusion for businesses" and should be delayed. The previously obscure tax has, over the last several months, emerged as one of the most controversial in the health care overhaul and one of the few with bipartisan opposition. Starting Jan. 1, the Affordable Care Act imposes a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices with the goal of raising nearly $30 billion over the next decade. But a group of U.S. senators this week revived
“There will be blood,” State Representative Douglas Geiss threatened from the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives today as the body debated legislation that would make Michigan the nation’s 24th right to work state. “I really wish we had not gone here,” Geiss continued. “It is the leadership in this house that has led us here. The same leadership that tried to throw a bomb right on election day, leading to a member switching parties, and came in at the 11th hour with a gotcha bill. For that, I do not see solace,
The Treasury Department announced on Monday that it would unload its remaining shares of American International Group (AIG), the infamous insurance giant that received $182 billion in bailout money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). As part of the divestment plan, AIG will also sell its aircraft leasing business (ILFC) to a Chinese consortium. The deal will give China “access to a global network of about 200 airlines in 80 countries.” According to Reuters, taxpayers that bailed out and now own AIG will lose out in the deal because the $4.8 billion sale is
The Word has come down from the ESPN president, and it isn’t the same Word that Tim Tebow lives by. This Word is: Cut back on Tebow coverage. ESPN president John Skipper has lowered the boom on reporters discussing Tebow. He feels that the Tebow phenomenon has a limited shelf life. After ESPN covered the New York Jets training camp and reported on Tebow, they kept focusing on Tebow, disturbing Skipper, who said: "I said, ´Guys, we didn´t handle this very well.´ Going to training camp wasn´t a problem. We just stayed on it relentlessly and too long."
Joe Scarborough, MSNBC´s "House Conservative," showed his desperation to please his liberal audience today on his 2nd place cable morning show "Morning Joe." Watch the video below to see the former Republican congressman explain that the conservative movement has lost its way thanks to "talk radio hosts and bloggers" who are "making tens of millions of dollars. They’re getting rich, and they’re not really hurting this country because they’re irrelevant." In the world according to Joe, major media companies throw millions of dollars to tv and radio hosts based on their LACK of significance.