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Trenton man shot in pelvis
while fighting off armed robbers
The Times [Trenton, NJ], by Alex Zdan    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/15/2013 3:09:43 PM     Post Reply
Trenton — A city man was shot in the pelvis during a scuffle with two armed robbers last night, police said. The 38-year-old victim was walking behind the 600 block of Liberty Street just after 9:30 p.m. when the two men approached him, Lt. Steve Varn said today. He refused to hand over his belongings and began to fight with the suspects. “The struggle ensued. During that time the suspect was shot,” Varn said. The attackers fled, leaving the wounded man behind. He was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and was in stable condition, police said.

Is Weiner preparing
for a mayoral bid?
CNN, by Gregory Wallace    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 3:03:34 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Could former Rep. Anthony Weiner be preparing for a political comeback? The Democrat´s latest filing with the New York City Campaign Finance Board, published Tuesday, may send some subtle messages. His mayoral campaign committee, created ahead of his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in 2005, reported spending just one dollar shy of $37,000 in the last six months. It brought in $27,400 in the same period, largely through a transfer from a previous political committee. Should he decide to run, Weiner now has nearly $4.5 million cash on hand - a start for a

Holiday sales reported by retail
group weaker than expected
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Joan Verdon    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/15/2013 2:50:08 PM     Post Reply
Retail sales for Christmas 2012 were significantly weaker than expected, with sales in November and December increasing only 3 percent, missing a forecast of a 4.1 percent gain, the National Retail Federation reported today. The federation, which is hosting a gathering of more than 27,000 retailers from around the world this week at the Javits Center in Manhattan, said the results proved that all of the fiscal-cliff talk and economic uncertainty in December scared shoppers from spending.(Snip) The NRF called the increase "healthy," coming as it did on top of a higher base set in holiday 2011, when

  


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Venezuela says Chavez is improving
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/15/2013 2:42:14 PM     Post Reply
A lung infection afflicting Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is controlled, and his health is progressing positively, the government said Sunday. "In spite of the delicate state of his health ... the general medical evolution has been favorable in recent days," it said in a statement that was published by state news. Read more: Chavez supporters take loyalty oath as president misses inauguration The government added that the president, who is undergoing cancer treatment in Cuba, is conscious and in contact with his family and his political and medical advisers.

Chrysler CEO: Sales
of new Dart fall short
Associated Press, by Tom Krisher    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/15/2013 2:23:34 PM     Post Reply
DETROIT — Chrysler made the new Dodge Dart a little too European for American tastes. And the company´s CEO says that fact is holding back sales of Chrysler´s first innovative small car in years. The Dart, unveiled with much fanfare at last year´s Detroit auto show, is off to a slow start after going on sale in May. Only 25,000 were sold last year, which CEO Sergio Marchionne concedes is below his expectations. Chrysler, owned by Italy´s Fiat, had touted the sleek compact as the perfect blend of aggressive American styling and Italian technology. It was supposed
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Public School Teaches
“White Privilege” Class
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 2:22:53 PM     Post Reply
A school district in Wisconsin said they will review a high school diversity class that exposed students to radical leftist thinkers and promoted a critical race theory that alleges white people are oppressors. (Snip) The “American Diversity” class was taught to students at Delavan-Darien High School in Wisconsin, Fox News has learned. “They’re teaching white guilt,” one parent told Fox News. “They’re dividing the students. They’re saying to non-whites, ‘You have been oppressed and you’re still being oppressed.’” The parent, who asked not to be identified, has an 18-year-old son who was enrolled in the class and became

President, Congress Struck
a Bad Deal for America
Post Independent [Glenwood Springs,CO], by James Kellogg    Original Article
Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 1/15/2013 2:15:00 PM     Post Reply
Praise government! Just hours after the federal bureaucracy went over the “fiscal cliff” on New Year´s Day, President Obama voiced approval for an emergency Congressional bill to save us all. Yes, ailing American families and businesses will pay more in taxes. But that´s what it takes for big government to avoid real budget cuts, for now. As soon as the beltway bandits raise the federal debt ceiling above $16.4 trillion in February, runaway deficit spending can continue unabated. Hallelujah! All sarcasm aside, American taxpayers are holding the short end of the stick again. The media wants us to believe
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Days before election, intern for Menendez
was spared arrest, report says
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/15/2013 1:55:04 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Federal immigration agents were prepared to arrest an illegal immigrant and registered sex offender days before the November elections but were ordered by Washington to hold off after officials warned of "significant interest" from Congress and news organizations because the suspect was a volunteer intern for Sen. Robert Menendez, according to internal agency documents provided to Congress. The Homeland Security Department said last month, when The Associated Press first disclosed the delayed arrest of Luis Abrahan Sanchez Zavaleta, that AP´s report was "categorically false".

Adam Carolla: Stop Blaming
Others for Your Own Mistakes
Breitbart's Big Hollywood, by Breitbart News    Original Article
Posted By: jj1319- 1/15/2013 1:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Adam Carolla hardly seems the professorial type. The podcast king doesn´t smoke a pipe, wear patches on the elbows of his sports jackets or extol the virtues of socialism. Still, Carolla´s life story offers plenty of lessons for his fellow Americans. After all, he went from being "Not Taco Bell Material" to a New Media trailblazer. Carolla shares some reasons why he evolved beyond a less than idyllic childhood as part of the newest course from Prager University. It´s all about internalization, learning from one´s mistakes without blaming everyone else but you.

NH chiefs´ gun raffle to
include semiautomatics
WFXT-TV [Dedham, MA], by Staff *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/15/2013 1:53:23 PM     Post Reply
Newport, NH - The New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police plans to give away 31 firearms, including several semi-automatic weapons, in a raffle to raise money for a youth training academy. The chiefs´ association said it´s selling 1,000 tickets for $30 each to anyone 18 or older hoping to win "some of today´s most popular N.H.-made sporting firearms" during the raffle scheduled for May. (Snip) But he said the association is following the law and raising money for a good cause. The raffle was organized before the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 26 people died,

NRA: Membership Has Grown
by 250,000 in One Month
U.S. News & World Report, by Lauren Fox    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 1:43:31 PM     Post Reply
A day before President Barack Obama is scheduled to release Vice President Joe Biden´s recommendations to curb gun violence in the United States, the National Rifle Association told U.S. News and World Report that they have seen membership grow by 250,000 in the month since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. (Snip) Politico reported membership had grown by more than 100,000 five days ago. The NRA says that when Politico reported the story, membership was close to 200,000, but the number has drastically grown in just five days.

  


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This Metamorphosis Will
Require a Permit
Wall Street Journal, by Roger Kimball    Original Article
Posted By: nhchemist- 1/15/2013 1:35:00 PM     Post Reply
Like many people whose houses were badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy, my family and I have been living in a rented house since the storm. Unlike some whose houses were totalled, we could have repaired things and been home toasting our tootsies by our own fireplace by now. What happened? Two things: zoning (as in "Twilight Zone") and FEMA. (Snip) Before you could get a building permit, however, you had to be approved by the Zoning Authority. And Zoning—citing FEMA regulations—would force you to bring the house "up to code,"

Obama plans to surround
himself with children during
gun control announcement
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 1:33:24 PM     Post Reply
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced this afternoon that President Obama will unveil a “concrete package” of gun control proposals including assault weapons bans, high capacity ammunition magazine bans, and closing loopholes on background checks. Carney said that the president will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden as well as children who wrote to the president after the Newtown shootings. “They will be joined by children around the country expressing their concerns about gun violence and school safety, along with their parents,” Carney confirmed. President Obama specifically mentioned children during his

NE fishermen shut out
of House disaster aid bill
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/15/2013 1:20:24 PM     Post Reply
Boston - The U.S. House of Representatives has shut out Northeast fishermen from any emergency aid in its pending disaster relief bill. The Republican-led House advanced its Superstorm Sandy relief bill Monday without voting on amendments that would have inserted between $116 million and $150 million in fishing industry funding. Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney called the decision "callous and outrageous." Northeast fishermen became eligible for federal aid last year after a national fishery disaster was declared in the region, due to the slow recovery of fish stocks.

And This is Revolution
Canada Free Press, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: ole buzzard- 1/15/2013 1:11:25 PM     Post Reply
There are a few things worth knowing about revolutions. Most people don’t participate in them, even if the history books often make it seem otherwise. Revolutions are thought up by small groups of people who then make it everyone’s business. Or alternately they don’t. And those are the revolutions that never happen.Most people, at any given time and place, are dissatisfied with the government and believe, rightly, that whoever is in charge is guilty of stealing from them, oppressing them and making it impossible for them to live their lives in peace
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Claire Danes: Bill Clinton
is a ´Homeland´ fan
Politico, by Caitlin McDevitt    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 1:07:23 PM     Post Reply
Actress Claire Danes got a special request to hang out with President Bill Clinton on Sunday. The “Homeland” star told Access Hollywood that Clinton “asked if I would come and meet him in some special room” after they both appeared at the Golden Globes. When she arrived, Clinton was “talking to Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson,” Danes said. “I thought, ‘Wow.’ He’s amazing. He’s, you know, an icon.” (VIDEO: Bill Clinton at the Golden Globes) Danes said that Clinton, like President Barack Obama, enjoys her political thriller “Homeland.” “He’s a fan of the show,” she said.

54,000 Mexicans sign petition
for US gun control
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 12:56:45 PM     Post Reply
MEXICO CITY — More than 54,000 Mexicans have signed a petition calling on the United States to take further steps to combat weapons trafficking. Mexico says the majority of guns used by the country´s violent drug cartels are smuggled over the border from the United States. Mexico´s best-known anti-violence activist and a prominent intellectual presented the petition at the U.S. embassy Monday. Activist Javier Sicilia said "The United States is partly responsible for our humanitarian tragedy." About 70,000 people have died in Mexico in drug violence since 2006, according to the written copy of a speech

Emanuel gives insight to gun
control in D.C., makes plans
for Chicago
WFLD-TV [Chicago, IL], by Joanie Lum & Mike Flannery    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 12:48:03 PM     Post Reply
CHICAGO - A fatal gas station shooting involving a man found near the Eisenhower Expressway comes as Mayor Emanuel goes to Washington to push for gun control measures. (Snip) Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an analysis of Chicago´s city employee pension funds to see if they hold companies that make or sell assault weapons. If so, he wants them sold. Emanuel spoke on Monday in Washington about his support for new gun control measures. He participated in a panel with the Center for American Progress Action Fund to talk about his role in getting the Assault Weapons Ban

Keep U.S. rates low until jobless
rate normalizes: Fed´s Kocherlakota
Reuters, by Ann Saphir    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/15/2013 12:40:28 PM     Post Reply
Minneapolis - The U.S. central bank should keep interest rates low until the jobless rate is a more "normal" 5.5 percent, a top Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday, in one of the strongest calls yet from a Fed policymaker for more monetary easing. "I do think that it´s important for the public to know that the Fed is going to stay in an accommodative stance until the economy is much closer to being what one might consider normal," Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Narayana Kocherlakota told reporters. "And I think 6.5 percent unemployment, I think that would still be too high to be

New Video Game Allows Players
to Murder NRA President
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/15/2013 12:36:52 PM     Post Reply
A new online video game is taking political discourse to a whole new level. We already reported the death threats being received by NRA executives and now, a video game which allows users to shoot NRA President David Keene in the head, has been released. The creator of the game identified as gizmo01942 Ediot says, "Share this everywhere, especially gun-nut and anti-game websites. Also see if you can´t send it in to the NRA somehow, like through the feedback on their website or something." Gizmo also provides screen shots to viewers, which can be seen below.

  



Chuck Hagel tries to
alleviate Democrats´ fears
Politico, by Manu Raju    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/15/2013 12:36:46 PM     Post Reply
Chuck Hagel is moving to assuage concerns raised by pro-Israel Democrats over his nomination as defense secretary, laying out a hawkish posture toward Iran and Hezbollah and apologizing for characterizing powerful activists as the “Jewish lobby.” In a letter to California Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Jewish Democrat, Hagel said he fully supports unilateral sanctions on Iran and condemned Hezbollah as a terrorist threat to Israel. He called it “a very poor choice of words” when he referred in a 2006 interview that the “Jewish lobby” tends to “intimidate” lawmakers, saying he understands how such words “can be construed as anti-Israel.”

Wal-Mart plans $50 billion
"buy American" push
Reuters, by Jessica Wohl    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/15/2013 12:23:05 PM     Post Reply
New York - Wal-Mart Stores Inc will buy an additional $50 billion in U.S.-made goods over the next decade in areas like sporting goods and high-end appliances in what the world´s largest retailer called a bid to help boost the U.S. economy. Wal-Mart, the largest private employer in the United States, also said on Tuesday it plans to hire 100,000 newly discharged veterans over the next five years, at a time when the U.S. unemployment rate is at 7.8 percent. The moves are likely to receive a cool reception from critics, who claim Wal-Mart does not pay its workers enough and slam the retailer

Abducted girl, 5, found overnight
in playground was ‘targeted’
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Frank Kummer*    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 1/15/2013 12:13:47 PM     Post Reply
A 5-year-old girl abducted from a West Philadelphia elementary Monday was found early this morning barely dressed and crying in an Upper Darby playground, say police. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said that Nailla Robinson, taken by an unidentified woman in a black Muslim-style face covering from the Bryant Elementary School just across the border in Philadelphia, was found about 4:40 a.m. today. Authorities say they believe the child was targeted, but did not know the woman who abducted her.

Al-Qaida carves out
own country in Mali
Associated Press, by Rukmini Callimachi    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/15/2013 12:05:24 PM     Post Reply
Bamako, Mali - Deep inside caves, in remote desert bases, in the escarpments and cliff faces of northern Mali, Islamic extremist fighters have been burrowing into the earth, erecting a formidable set of defenses to protect what has essentially become al-Qaida´s new country.(Snip)"Al-Qaida never owned Afghanistan," said former United Nations diplomat Robert Fowler, a Canadian kidnapped and held for 130 days by al-Qaida´s local chapter, whose fighters now control the main cities in the north. "They do own northern Mali." Al-Qaida´s affiliate in Africa - al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM- has been a shadowy presence for years

Why Scott Brown might run
for governor, not Senate
Politico, by James S. Hohmann    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/15/2013 11:53:26 AM     Post Reply
It’s not often an ex-senator gets a shot at his old job just months after losing. So Scott Brown is widely expected to jump at the chance, running in a special election for John Kerry’s seat that presumably will become vacant within weeks. But there are compelling reasons for Brown to pass on what would be his third Senate campaign in four years — and he’s thinking long and hard about them. Topping the list: In 2014, he could run instead for Massachusetts governor, a job that Republicans have had much more success winning and keeping, as Mitt Romney can attest.

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