DENVER - A strong smell of marijuana was reported inside the Colorado Capitol Wednesday morning, 7NEWS Reporter Russell Haythorn confirmed. The entire Senate chamber smelled like marijuana, said Doug Schepman, Communications Director for the Senate Democrats. Senate President John Morse cracked up fellow lawmakers during the session by asking: "Do you smell marijuana in here, or is it just me?"
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Facing a wave of criticism from around the world, IOC President Jacques Rogge will meet with the head of wrestling´s governing body to discuss ways the sport can fight to save its place in the Olympics. The IOC executive board dropped wrestling from the program of the 2020 Games on Tuesday, a decision which brought a sharp backlash from wrestling organizations and national Olympic bodies around the world — including the United States, Russia and Iran. The move must still be ratified by the full International Olympic Committee in September, giving wrestling time to try to overturn
MENDOCINO, Calif. – The sheriff of Mendocino, Calif. is warning Colorado about the dangers of legalizing marijuana. Sheriff Tom Allman says voters in Colorado will regret the decision to legalize marijuana because crime will also increase. Allman says he should know, because for the last 30 years, Mendocino County has been regarded as the marijuana capitol of the U.S. Scenic Mendocino County is nestled in an area called the Emerald Triangle, three Northern California counties which are considered a safe haven for marijuana growers. But Allman says marijuana has ruined the area’s charm.
Though he lived only half a mile from the command center, deputies never knocked on the door of Jim Rose’s house looking for Christopher Dorner, Rose told The Times on Wednesday. “One friend said, ‘OK, so much for the inspection,´ ” Rose, 78, said. As it turned out, wanted murder suspect Christopher Dorner appears to have been hiding in plain sight, just a five-minute walk from where law enforcement officials from multiple agencies had centered their search operation for the ex-LAPD officer.
First, California Governor Jerry Brown mocked a Texas ad campaign to lure jobs from his state as a “burp, barely a fart.” Then Texas Governor Rick Perry escalated the battle with a four-day recruiting trip to Brown’s state, capped by a news conference today to boast of his efforts. Texas Governor Rick Perry said his job recruiting trip is not about bashing California, but about promoting Texas. It’s part of a long-running battle over which of the country’s two most populous states -- California is biggest, followed by Texas -- has the best climate to attract jobs.
RUSH: There´s a Rasmussen Reports story on survey results: "Americans overwhelmingly believe that it´s not only fair for entrepreneurs to get rich, it´s good for the economy." Now, you see something like this, and you swear you´re living in an alternative universe. How can this be? How can this be with Barack Obama continuing to gain approval for his policies, to be untied to the fate of the country? Americans overwhelmingly believe that it´s not only fair for entrepreneurs to get rich, it´s good for the economy. "A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 86% of Likely
Bureaucrats are often characterized as faceless. But the modern bureaucrat is a political creature. He spends his time seeking to control the lives of those who pay his salary in ways his funders would find alternatively risible or riotable. Thus today’s civil servant must be tight-lipped about his work and adept at evading questions. That’s why Ray LaHood, President Obama’s retiring transportation secretary, was so refreshing. LaHood, a former Republican congressman, never seemed comfortable with the requisite taciturnity of the bureaucrat. Asked in 2009 about his livability initiatives, LaHood responded, “It is a way to coerce people out of their cars.”
EDF Energy has teamed up with Imperial College London to trial the new idea known as “day ahead electricity alerts”. The year-long trial aims to find out whether people are prepared to do their washing, tumble drying, and other electricity intensive tasks on windy days or at off peak times when green power is cheap and plentiful. The 1,000 customers taking part, who already have smart meters, will be told by text message or an alert on their smart meter display when they can expect electricity prices to be cheaper. The results will be published next year, and if
RUSH: I can´t believe they still don´t know whether or not they got Dorner. I can´t believe they still don´t know. Well, it´s interesting, or confusing, because they did find some tracks leading away from the cabin, and they found a body in there. They still don´t know whether or not Chris Dorner went up in flames along with the rest of the cabin. They heard a gunshot. They don´t know if he shot himself. They haven´t done the ID. This is amazing.
The weather may be cold but these pictures will warm your heart in time for Valentine´s Day. From a loving look to an affectionate nuzzle, these charming images of cute creatures show the animal kingdom can be just as romantic as the human world. The intimate moments were captured on camera by nature photographers from across the globe. The collection features an amazing snapshot of two lizards poised on a plant appearing to kiss. Just as boyfriends and husbands across the land will be doing tomorrow,
President Barack Obama is meeting with the embattled senator from New Jersey, Bob Menendez, this afternoon at the White House. The meeting, which the White House says is for an immigration discussion, will be attended by three other Democratic senators. "Mr. Obama will meet with Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado, according to a White House official. The meeting is set for later in the day Wednesday. The four senators are half of a bipartisan group of lawmakers that has put forward a plan
In an interview this morning, Marco Rubio — hardly the establishment favorite in his own Senate race — defended Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project, which has angered many tea partiers. Noting that Rove had helped him during a crucial time in his Senate race, Rubio said that both the Tea Party and the Conservative Victory Project “have a place in American politics.” “I think the concern that people have is that somehow people in Washington in the Beltway are going to decide that someone can’t get elected,” he told CBN’s David Brody.
RUSH: Have you seen the number of people that go on food stamps every day? There are 11,629 new food stamp recipients every day in this country. That´s right, and President Obama is trying to fix that. President Obama is appalled by that! It´s the Republicans who don´t care enough to have people eating properly, and President Obama´s appalled by that number and doing everything he can to fix it. (This is how this works.) Now, remember, none of this would be possible without a complicit media. None of it could´ve happened. I mentioned that dictators are perceived by their
President Obama´s preantepenultimate State of the Union address reinforced the perception that he has, for the most part, given up on working constructively in a divided government. His supporters will say he is resolute and the Republicans are pigheaded; his opponents (including this column) would reverse the adjectives. A neutral way of describing it is that the two parties´ worldviews are irreconcilable. Obama last night called for more spending on "stimulus" and "green energy" projects, higher taxes (including on energy), a minimum wage hike, new antidiscrimination and gun-control laws, a federal nursery-school entitlement and new gun-control laws.
Of course there’s State of the Union reaction and Rubio-mania in the Morning Jolt, but also an examination of the economic truths you didn’t hear last night, and probably won’t hear from an elected official for a while (snip) Okay, forget what the president said. Why has hiring been so sluggish since the Great Recession began? I’m going to look at a post from Zero Hedge, an economics-minded blog that it always interesting and sometimes understandable. Charles Hugh-Smith argues: Those who have spent their careers in government or academia have little idea what it takes to hire more people.
The world as we know it is changing more and more each day. We get information non-stop and often it is clouded by the deliverer´s opinion. The State of the Union´s lofty promises and the turmoil all around the world give us a surreal feeling that our comforts are in jeopardy. Our institutions are failing and the people we trust to do the right things are failing as well. The president has taken an early step toward tyranny by ruling with Executive Order. His opposition is weakened by his rhetoric and they offer no real challenge
MCLEAN, Va. — A top official with the Federal Aviation Administration reassured the public on Wednesday that, despite the fear and paranoia of some, no armed drones will be permitted to fly in U.S. airspace. “We currently have rules in the books that deal with releasing anything from an aircraft, period. Those rules are in place and that would prohibit weapons from being installed on a civil aircraft,” said Jim Williams, head of the FAA´s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, in an address to the drone industry’s leading trade group meeting this week in Northern Virginia.
According to a recent Rasmussen gun control poll, only 32% of Americans believe newer, stricter gun control laws will reduce violence, while 57% believe enforcement of current laws is the answer. This means a third of Americans agree with Obama´s approach to ending gun violence while nearly two-thirds agree with the NRA. The NRA is out there reminding the American people that we already have 9,000 gun laws on the books, yet very few of them are being enforced. Other questions in the Rasmussen poll revealed that 74% of Americans believe they have a constitutional right
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Just 12 hours after his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama is in North Carolina. Air Force One landed around 11:15 a.m. in Asheville. Obama spoke about the economy and his proposals to create jobs at the Linamar plant in Arden. "I believe in manufacturing. I believe it makes our country stronger," Obama said. "No job in America should go unfilled, because somebody doesn’t have the right skills to complete that job." "We don’t give up, we get up, we innovate, we adapt, we learn new skills, we keep going," Obama said.
Senator Roy Blunt indicated Wednesday that there are enough votes in the Senate to delay the Hagel confirmation. Blunt (R-Mo.) said he believed there were 40 votes in the Senate that indicated “it’s too quick to end the debate on this nomination.” Requests have been made for more information from Hagel, specifically financial disclosures from Republicans on the Armed Services Committee. On Tuesday, Hagel passed the Committee in a party line vote. Harry Reid said the chamber would move forward on the nomination later this week. Blunt expects Hagel to provide the information requested.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he would “feel not only comfortable but proud” if he had a daughter serving in a front-line combat position in the U.S. military. “I have a son in the military, I have another that’s a navy pilot, I have another one who served in the Marine Corps, and I would certainly feel not only comfortable but proud,” McCain said after President Obama’s State of the Union address when asked by CNSNews.com if he would be comfortable with his daughter serving in combat. In his State of the Union address, President Obama
As far as I can tell, there’s only one white guy milling around: Joe Biden. Oh and maybe Nick Jonas. Elsewhere, soulfully swaying and crooning in the White House are Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Jordin Sparks, Seal and Smokey Robinson. And also Barack Obama, who before he delivered his first State of the Union speech of his second term on Tuesday night, appeared in a video with the music stars. It’s a mini-doc about the Motown celebration at the White House made by WhiteHouse.gov. And it’s really good. In preparation for the president’s speech, Link repaired by staff.
WASHINGTON- Republicans said Wednesday that President Barack Obama´s State of the Union address was full of well-worn liberal ideas and campaign-style hostility, and did little to ease partisan tensions over major issues. "An opportunity to bring together the country instead became another retread of lip service and liberalism," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. He said Obama offered little more than "gimmicks and tax hikes" in a "pedestrian liberal boilerplate that any Democratic lawmaker could have given at any time in recent history." Obama used the prime-time speech Tuesday to call for action
Cardinal Peter Turkson, a 64-year-old Ghanaian prelate, is the bookmaker´s early favourite to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. He told The Daily Telegraph Tuesday that his biggest challenge, should he be elected, would be to maintain an orthodox Catholic doctrine while "at the same time knowing how to apply it so that you do not become irrelevant in a world that has continuous changes". Cardinal Turkson, who holds one of the most important jobs in the Roman Curia and has been repeatedly promoted by Pope Benedict, was quick to take a conservative line on gay marriage and other "alternative lifestyles". Headline resplit by staff.
In today´s debate in the Senate Armed Services Committee over the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) engaged in heated debate with committee chair Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) over the question of whether Hagel had complied with the committee´s questions and standards on financial disclosure. Cruz argued that Hagel had flatly refused to answer a question posed to him by several Senators about all significant compensation he had received over the previous five years. Levin replied that the committee´s rule applied only to the past two years, and suggested that Cruz was holding Hagel
What can happen in a country while the president is gone for more than two months? A lot. Just ask Venezuelans. President Hugo Chavez hasn´t appeared in public or on national television since he went to Cuba for cancer surgery in December. Allies maintain that he´s running his country from Havana, while critics say that the country is in limbo without a leader. Chavez´s lengthy absence from Venezuela hasn´t stopped his government from making some significant changes. The latest one -- devaluing the country´s currency -- starts Wednesday. It´s a significant move that stands to affect global businesses and everyday Venezuelans.