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U.S. challenges AB-InBev´s
purchase of Grupo Modelo
Reuters, by Diane Bartz    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/31/2013 12:24:12 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop Anheuser-Busch InBev SA (ABI.BR) from buying the half of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo (GMODELOC.MX) that it does not already own, saying the $20.1 billion deal would lessen competition in the U.S. beer market. (Snip) InBev said in a statement that the Justice Department´s decision to sue to stop the deal was "inconsistent with the law, the facts and the reality of the market place." "We remain confident in our position, and we intend to vigorously contest the DOJ´s action in federal court," the statement said.

Feds targeting Medicare fraud,
political corruption in probes
of eye doctor, Sen. Bob Menendez
Miami Herald [FL], by Marc Caputo & Jay Weaver    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2013 12:20:43 PM     Post Reply
The high-profile federal raid on a South Florida ophthalmologist’s office was more about potential Medicare fraud than about U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, a longtime friend of Dr. Salomon Melgen. Joining FBI agents on the two-day raid at the doctor’s West Palm Beach eye center: a team of investigators from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which investigates Medicare wrongdoing. (Snip)FBI agents are investigating the allegations of a shadowy tipster who claimed the doctor flew Menendez on his plane to the Dominican Republic. Earlier this month, Menendez quietly sent a $58,500 personal check to Melgen’s company to reimburse

Menendez Donor Melgen Financed
Clintons, Wasserman Schultz, GOP Pols
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 12:15:45 PM     Post Reply
Federal Election Commission records show that Dr. Salomon Melgen, the Miami ophthalmologist connected to New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez’s alleged prostitution scandal, has financed several high-ranking politicians from both political parties. Over the years, Melgen and his wife Flor donated $2,000 to former President Bill Clinton and another $4,700 to outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s various campaigns. Melgen donated $3,000 to Hugh Rodham, Hillary’s brother, for his unsuccessful 1994 Senate campaign, and $1,000 to Al Gore’s failed 2000 bid for president. Melgen and his wife together donated $9,600 to former



Nine current and former Traffic
Court judges indicted
Philadelphia Inquirer, by John P. Martin & Craig R. McCoy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2013 12:14:05 PM     Post Reply
Nine current and former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges and three others were charged by the U.S. Attorney in a corruption indictment and other documents unsealed by the the U.S. Attorney Thursday morning. Charged were current Judges Michael Sullivan and Michael Lowry; former Judges Robert Mulgrew, Fortunato Perri Sr., Willie Singletary and Thomasine Tynes; and three suburban district court judges who sometimes filled in for Philadelphia Traffic Court judges. Those suburban district judges are Mark A. Bruno of Chester County, Warren Hogeland of Bucks County and Kenneth Miller of Delaware County. Those judges were scheduled to appear before

GOP Senators to NLRB,
CFPB: Take Down the
‘Open for Business’ Sign
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 12:08:11 PM     Post Reply
A trio of Republican senators today introduced a bill to block NLRB actions in the wake of a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that President Obama’s recess appointments to the labor authority were unconstitutional. The Restoring the Constitutional Balance of Power Act of 2013 would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) from enforcing or implementing decisions and regulations without a constitutionally confirmed board or director.

A path to citizenship
would establish a path
to welfare benefits
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 11:57:01 AM     Post Reply
In the post immediately below this one, John notes how immigrants from Eastern Europe have taken advantage of the combination of EU immigration rules and the British welfare system to live “high off the hog” at the expense of the taxpayers of Great Britain. As John suggests, this phenomenon has relevance to the debate over immigration reform in the U.S. In 2007, welfare expert Robert Rector estimated that the McCain-Kennedy amnesty proposal would cost roughly $2.6 trillion due to the eligibility of illegal aliens turned citizens for transfer payments.

Andrew Cuomo´s numbers
fall after gun bill
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 11:51:32 AM     Post Reply
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating is down by double digits weeks after the Democrat signed sweeping new gun control legislation, a new poll Wednesday says. Those numbers come after Cuomo scored a broad gun control package that included a strengthened version of the state’s assault weapons ban, a step he took in the wake of the December shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn. “With approval ratings that consistently topped 70 percent, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had the political capital to spend when he set out to pass the toughest gun control laws in the nation,” said



Krugman: ‘We Can
Print the Money’
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 11:44:57 AM     Post Reply
Liberal economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said Wednesday that the U.S. is not in danger of a collapse, and the U.S. won’t run out of cash because “we can print the money.” “The United States is a country that has its own currency – can’t run out of cash, cause we print the money. If you even try to think what would happen – suppose that investors get down on the United States. Even so, that would weaken the dollar, not send interest rates soaring, and that would be good. That would

Defiant Iran to speed
up uranium refinement
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/31/2013 11:42:40 AM     Post Reply
Iran has informed the United Nations nuclear watchdog that it plans to expand its nuclear refinement capability despite international opposition. In a defiant move that may further complicate diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute over the country´s atomic activities, Tehran says it plans to deploy more modern machines to refine uranium. Enriched uranium can fuel nuclear power plants - Iran´s stated aim - or provide material for bombs if processed much further, which the West suspects is Tehran´s ultimate goal. (Snip) This is increasingly hurting Iran´s economy, but the clerical

In Congress, Menendez made
impassioned plea to end
sex trafficking [VIDEO]
Daily Caller, by Charles C. Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 11:35:39 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Bob Menendez once gave an impassioned speech on the house floor condemning human trafficking and forced prostitution in arguing for the “Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005,” an anti-sex slave law he co-sponsored. “All of us know the shocking statistics: somewhere between 600 and 800 people per year are forced across borders to become slaves and prostitutes,” Menendez said on December 14, 2005. “If we include those who are trafficked within their own countries, the numbers are even worse, somewhere between 2 and 4 million people. The vast majority of these are women and girls.

Obama´s jobs council
shutting down Thursday
Associated Press, by Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 11:28:52 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will let his jobs council expire this week without renewing its charter, winding down one source of input from the business community even as unemployment remains stubbornly high. When Obama in January 2011 formed his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, unemployment was hovering above 9 percent. Two years later, more than 12 million people in the U.S. are out of work. The unemployment rate has fallen to 7.8 percent, but both parties agree that´s still too high. A provision in Obama´s executive order establishing the council says it sunsets on Thursday.



67 Percent of Texas Republicans
Want Obama Impeached
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 11:23:23 AM     Post Reply
If Democrats are serious about trying to turn Texas blue, they should get a gander at a just-released poll of Lone Star State voters that found 67 percent of Republican respondents support the impeachment of President Obama. Of greater concern for liberals: the poll was conducted by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling. As a whole, Texans opposed impeachment 50 percent to 39 percent. But in the crosstabs, PPP broke this down by party affiliation with Democrats opposed 83 percent to 12 percent, Republicans in favor 67 percent to 18 percent, and Independents opposed 54 percent to 32 percent.

Please, Oh Please,
Progressives, Make Football
Reform A National Priority
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 11:16:11 AM     Post Reply
If God is a Republican — which, given the results of the 2012 election, is highly unlikely — the almighty will ensure that progressives take their cues about public policy from MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner. On Wednesday, MSNBC’s midday panel program invited influential liberals and progressive policy makers on to debate the merits of regulating the game of football at all levels – from the NFL to secondary school. The object is to prevent violent injury and protect those too foolish to make what the MSNBC panel felt was

On nuclear weapons, Hagel
has some explaining to do
Daily Caller, by Rebeccah Heinrichs    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 1/31/2013 11:15:34 AM     Post Reply
Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s pick for the next secretary of defense, has begun his Senate confirmation hearings. Reports indicate the nominee believes he has some explaining to do regarding his position on the U.S. nuclear force. Small wonder: Mr. Hagel is one of six co-authors of the radical Global Zero Commission Report, which advocates for cuts so deep to the force it would bring the U.S. far below Russian levels and could tempt China to sprint to parity or superiority.

See Al Squirm: Gore Faces
Tough Questions on Al Jazeera Deal
Forbes, by Jeff Bercovici,    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 1/31/2013 11:13:40 AM     Post Reply
Word to the wise: If you’re going to strike a deal that you’re maybe not entirely proud of, wait until after your book tour to announce it. Al Gore did things the other way around and all this week he’s been paying the price for it, in the form of having to answer awkward questions about the $500 million sale of his Current TV network to Al Jazeera. As the former Vice President makes the rounds of talk shows to promote his new book “The Future,” he’s been under pressure to explain



Steve Kroft´s Softball Obama
Interviews Diminish ´60 Minutes´
Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 1/31/2013 11:10:17 AM     Post Reply
On 60 Minutes, the news-magazine show that prides itself on "hard-hitting" investigations and interviews, correspondent Steve Kroft, who has won most of the highest awards in his industry, has just broadcast another softball interview with the most powerful man in the world, a performance that ought to earn him a rebuke from his peers in the news business but almost certainly won´t. His CBS bio page proudly touts his unparalleled access to President Obama: He scored the first post-election sit down after Election 2008, another exclusive following the killing of Osama bin Laden,

Facebook Bans Ads from
Pro-Gun Newspaper
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 11:07:38 AM     Post Reply
A suburban New York City newspaper known for its support of the Second Amendment, has been banned from purchasing Facebook ads, the paper’s editor charged. (Snip) Dylan Skriloff, the editor of the Rockland County Times, told Fox News that Facebook will no longer allow them to purchase advertisements to promote their stories. “We’ve been giving them a good amount of business,” Skriloff said. “I don’t really appreciate getting cut off by someone I’m doing business with without an explanation.” The weekly newspaper, published since 1888, makes no bones about being a conservative voice in the northern New York City suburbs.

Conservatives Launch Facebook Alternative
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 11:05:13 AM     Post Reply
A group of conservatives is launching their own social networking site after enduring what they call years of censorship and liberal bullying on Facebook. The Tea Party Community is expected to officially launch on Saturday – but the social networking site for conservatives has already drawn nearly 50,000 members. (Snip) “It’s a new home for conservatives and the Tea Party movement in America,” said co-founder Ken Crow. “It’s a social community just for them.” Crow partnered with Tim Selaty Sr. and Jr. to launch the new site last November – a “safe haven for the conservative movement where we

Mark Levin To Make Regular
Appearances On Fox’s
Hannity Going Forward
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 10:44:00 AM     Post Reply
During his show Tuesday evening, conservative talk radio host Mark Levin made the announcement that going forward he will make regular appearances on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News program. In the near future, Levin explained, he will begin appearing on Hannity “once or twice a month” — a move he considers “surprising” given the rarity of his national television appearances. “I’m not into TV that much,” he explained. “No, I’m not on the Fox staff, paid guest, any of that stuff” he added. “Just to spread the word. Plus Hannity finally has beaten me down and I’ve agreed.”

Walmart limits sales of
ammunition to three boxes
per customer per day
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2013 10:37:17 AM     Post Reply
Walmart has started to limit sales of ammunition to three boxes per customer per day due to limited supplies, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Sales of guns and ammunition have risen across the United States since the Dec. 14 shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school. Walmart U.S., is the largest unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc the world’s largest retailer and the largest U.S. gun seller. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer had said that it works to strike the right balance between serving hunters and sportsmen and ensuring that it sells firearms responsibly.


Tennessee state senator’s bil
would ban diversity programs
on college campuses
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 10:35:58 AM     Post Reply
A Tennessee state senator has introduced a bill that would abolish diversity programs, ban diversity officers and end preference based on race, ethnicity and gender on college campuses in the Volunteer State. Republican Jim Summerville calls his slate of legislation the “Civil Rights Initiative of 2013,” reports Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR-TV. In addition to forbidding diversity preference programs, the proposal would prohibit the state from keeping any statistics based on race, gender or ethnicity, or using those criteria for hiring, except as mandated by federal law. “It’s a little demeaning, I think, to classify people

Karl Lagerfeld is not a fan
of Michelle Obama’s fringe
Telegraph [UK], by Olivia Bergin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 10:24:47 AM     Post Reply
"I love Michelle Obama and I love her bangs!" declared Barack Obama last week. The US President was speaking ahead of a rather more pressing event - his second inauguration ceremony - but the First Lady´s new fringe (referred to as ´bangs´ across the pond) had grabbed so many headlines that he felt he just had to weigh in. However another vocal leader - this time in the fashion world - doesn´t think so much of FLOTUS´s new hair. HuffPost unearthed how Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld told French TV show Le Petit Journal : "I don´t understand

White House: Obama ´Has a
Strong Record of Support for
2nd Amendment Rights´
Cybercast News Service, by Fred Lucas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 10:16:15 AM     Post Reply
Although President Barack Obama recently signed 23 executive orders regarding more gun control and is pushing Congress to pass more gun-restriction measures, the White House says the president has a “strong record on Second Amendment rights.” On Wednesday, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, “What is the president doing to convince members of his own party in the Senate that are against the measure [to re-ban assault weapons]?” Carney responded that the president has been an advocate for the Second Amendment. “Well, he’s had conversations with various lawmakers on this issue,” Carney said,

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