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White House Warns Syria on
Weapons after Syria Threatens Israel
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Gil Ronen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/31/2013 1:43:45 PM     Post Reply
The White House on Thursday warned Syria not to transfer weapons to Hizbullah, as tensions mounted following reported Israeli raids on a military research center and a weapons convoy. "Syria should not further destabilize the region by transferring weaponry to Hizbullah," said Ben Rhodes, a US deputy national security advisor. Syria on Thursday warned that it reserves the right to retaliate to what it says was an Israeli air strike on a military research center near Damascus, as it lodged a complaint with the United Nations. (Snip) Although Israel and Syria are technically still at war, the

U.S. faces new Al Qaeda threat as
terror group´s ´strike map´ is revealed
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Tomlinson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 1:36:05 PM     Post Reply
Al Qaeda has issued a new threat to carry out ´earth-shattering, shocking and terrifying´ attacks on the U.S. and Europe, it emerged today. In a posting on a jihadist website, the terror group said the ´coming strikes´ would target the ´heart of the land of non-belief´ as well as countries aiding France in its crackdown on rebels in Mali. The unidentified writer claimed the attacks would be ´group and lone-wolf operations, in addition to the use of booby-trapped vehicles´. U.S. officials say they are taking the threat seriously.

Homeland Security has
advice for confronting
mass murders: scissors
New York Post, by S.A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 1:33:33 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Is your workplace getting shot up by a crazed gunman? No problem — just grab a pair of scissors and fight back! That’s some of the helpful advice in a new instructional video from the Department of Homeland Security that was posted on the agency’s Web site just a month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. “If you are caught out in the open and cannot conceal yourself or take cover, you might consider trying to overpower the shooter with whatever means are available,” says the

  


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Barack Obama:
The Affirmative Action President
Washington Times, by Eric Golub    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 1:26:08 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — Barack Obama is officially the Affirmative Action President. Unfortunately he is not the "Affirmative Action Retired President," since the original AARP and other liberal groups refused to retire him. Under the Obama watch the economy has contracted, the debt has skyrocketed, environmental "investments" have gone bankrupt, anti-business policies have stifled growth; Americans are being murdered and kidnapped globally. Numerous scandals, alleged superior ingelligence beset by sub-par performance, are coupled with the failed policies of the administration to become the open secrets many dare not utter.

Worcester Diocese pulls invitation
to Islam critic
ASSOCIATED PRESS, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 1/31/2013 1:21:01 PM     Post Reply
WORCESTER - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester has rescinded an invitation to a speaker at a men´s conference after Muslims objected to what they call the speaker´s anti-Islamic views. The diocese on Wednesday withdrew an invitation for Robert Spencer to speak at the March conference. Spencer, a Catholic, runs blogs and has written books that some consider anti-Muslim. A spokesman for the diocese says Spencer´s appearance at the conference "is being seen as harmful to Catholic-Islamic relations." A spokesman for the Islamic Council of New England called Spencer a "hatemonger" and lauded the diocese´s decision.

NJ’s operatic Gov
New York Post, by George W. Will    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 1/31/2013 1:18:57 PM     Post Reply
Coyness is not part of Chris Christie’s repertoire, which does not stress subtlety, delicacy and intimation. New Jersey’s governor is more Mickey Spillane than Jane Austen and his persona, which sometimes is that of a bulldog who got up on the wrong side of the bed, is so popular he seems to be cruising toward re-election this November and does not deny that he might look beyond that. His budget for 2013 calls for spending less than did the state’s 2008 budget. He has vetoed a tax on millionaires three times. He has scrapped, exuberantly, with public-employee unions.

U.S. challenges Busch-
Modelo beer merger
USA Today & Associated Press, by Matt Krantz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 1:18:42 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Justice Department is trying to keep Budweiser and Corona apart. Justice is challenging the proposed $20.1 billion buyout of Mexico´s Grupo Modelo, brewer of Corona beer, by Anheuser-Busch InBev, brewer of Budweiser. The government says the deal would put too many top beer brands in the hands of a single company, limiting competition. The concern is especially high in 26 U.S. cities. Investors reacted negatively to the news. Industry consolidation has been rampant in the beer and spirits industry and is viewed as a way for companies to boost profit by cutting costs.

  


  

How migrants are sending £335
Billion to their struggling
families back home, more than
three times the world´s total aid budget
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Tomlinson    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/31/2013 1:07:17 PM     Post Reply
The amount of money being sent by migrants to their families back home topped £335billion last year, making it a larger economy than Iran or Argentina, it was revealed today. The figure has tripled in the last ten years and is now three times bigger than the total aid budgets given by countries around the world as more people than ever choose to live abroad.(Snip)Globally, there are more than 214million migrants, which would make it the fifth most-populated country behind China, India, America and Indonesia. World Bank officials believe the amount they donate could be billions more

N.Korea Imposes Martial Law
Ahead of Nuclear Test – Media
RIA Novosti [Russia], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/31/2013 1:06:17 PM     Post Reply
Moscow - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has issued a secret order to put the country under martial law in preparation for a third nuclear test in its history, a South Korean newspaper reported on Thursday. Kim Jong-un convened an emergency meeting with top defense and security officials last Saturday and supposedly said: “The country will be under martial law starting from midnight on January 29, and all the frontline and central units should be ready for a war,” Korean Joongang Daily reported, citing an unidentified source. The paper also speculated that the new nuclear test could be held

DHS revamping immigrant
welcome materials, set to
include Obamacare
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/31/2013 1:05:48 PM     Post Reply
The welcome materials the federal government directs new immigrants to read — which detail, among other facets of American life, how and where to get government benefits — are in the process of getting a bit of a makeover to increase accessibility for newcomers. The WelcometoUSA.gov website, which bills itself as “the U.S. Government’s official web portal for new immigrants,” maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will soon feature information about President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation, USCIS spokesman Chris Bentley told The Daily Caller.

HHS says it ditched
‘exchanges’ because word
doesn’t translate into Spanish
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Elise Viebeck    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 1:04:23 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration has stopped using the term “exchanges” to describe part of the healthcare law because the word doesn’t translate into Spanish, an official said Thursday. Anton Gunn, director of External Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said the rebranding of the insurance exchanges as "marketplaces" was geared toward Spanish speakers who will use the system. "We´re going to use the word ´marketplace´ because it actually makes sense to people," Gunn said at a conference in Washington, D.C. " ´Exchange´ doesn´t translate to anything in Spanish, but ´marketplace´ does."

  


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Senate rejects dollar-for-dollar
offsets to debt ceiling increases
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ramsey Cox    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 12:58:59 PM     Post Reply
The Senate rejected an amendment to the House debt-ceiling suspension bill that would have required a dollar in spending cuts for every dollar increase in future the debt ceiling extensions. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced the amendments, which was tabled on a 54-44 vote. He said the amendment “assures that every time we raise the debt limit we cut spending by the same amount over a 10 year period.” Portman said his amendment would have saved the country $3 trillion.

Dem leader Reid:
´We are in a recovery´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ramsey Cox    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/31/2013 12:53:06 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday said the American economy is "in a recovery" despite the decline in the nation´s gross domestic product (GDP). Reid made the remark after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blamed the White House for the unexpected contraction in the economy. “[McConnell] continues bad mouthing the recovery,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “We are in a recovery.” On Wednesday, the Commerce Department announced that the nation´s economy unexpectedly shrank by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. Echoing the White House,

EXCLUSIVE: Your employer may share
your salary, and Equifax might sell that
data
NBCNews.com, by Bob Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: bluehouse- 1/31/2013 12:27:42 PM     Post Reply
The Equifax credit reporting agency, with the aid of thousands of human resource departments around the country, has assembled what may be the most powerful and thorough private database of Americans’ personal information ever created, containing 190 million employment and salary records covering more than one-third of U.S. adults. Some of the information in the little-known database, created through an Equifax-owned company called The Work Number, is sold to debt collectors, financial service companies and other entities. "It´s the biggest privacy breach in our time,

The Neocon Charge of a Jewish
Purge at the New Republic
National Interest, by Jacob Heilbrunn    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/31/2013 12:24:42 PM     Post Reply
One of the more lamentable traits of neoconservatism has been steadily to try and lower the bar of who—or what—is deemed anti-Semitic. Elliott Abrams, for example, recently denounced former Senator and Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel as an anti-Semite, a grave accusation that boomeranged on him as even Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass, nominally Abrams´ boss, felt constrained to observe that it was a preposterous statement. Now a web site called the Washington Free Beacon, which is edited by Matthew Continetti, a son-in-law of William Kristol, who is the editor of the Weekly Standard,

  


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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

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