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Fast-Food Strikes Expand
Across U.S. to 50 Cities

Bloomberg News, by Leslie Patton

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/29/2013 1:35:17 PM

Fast-food workers in 50 U.S. cities plan to walk off the job today in an attempt to ratchet up pressure on McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) and Wendy’s Co. to raise wages. Protests that began in New York last year are spreading to cities including Boston, Chicago, Denver, San Diego and Indianapolis, according to the Service Employees International Union, which is advising the strikers. About 200 workers showed up at the two-story Rock N Roll McDonald’s store in Chicago’s River North neighborhood this morning chanting: “Hey hey, ho ho, poverty wages gotta go!” The non-union workers are demanding the right to organize

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tipover, 8/29/2013 1:39:14 PM     (No. 9497223)

More "rent-a-crowd"?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 8/29/2013 1:41:41 PM     (No. 9497226)

If $15.00/hr were to become the prevailing wage for a fast food worker, then why not require all employees to hold a college degree for that price? That would be roughly $31000/yr for a 40 hr week. There are many degree holders who can`t find work so bump up the standards. When the high school grad or dropout complains that a college degree is not necessary for the work they do then their $7.25/hr pay scale becomes obvious.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Grady, 8/29/2013 1:43:58 PM     (No. 9497228)

Half these people didn´t listen to Ashton Kutcher´s
speech about "Work" and opportunity, And those who did watch
didn´t understand what he said.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Patchy groundfog, 8/29/2013 1:44:18 PM     (No. 9497229)

Will $15/hr finally mean that they´ll get my simple drive thru order correct?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Anner40, 8/29/2013 1:49:57 PM     (No. 9497235)

This is outragious....since when are they driving the boat? This whole trend has to stop and I hope these owners don´t cave.....

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mitzi, 8/29/2013 1:51:59 PM     (No. 9497240)

I just walked by McDonald´s on E. 23rd St., NYC. Business as usual.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: neanderthal, 8/29/2013 1:52:43 PM     (No. 9497242)

Results: No customers. Nobody is going to pay $15.00 for a burger and fries, but that´s the inevitable results of $15/hr wages. For #15, a person can go to a Chinese buffet and pig out for eight hours straight. People ain´t stupid. Well, at least, some people ain´t stupid.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 8/29/2013 1:56:06 PM     (No. 9497246)

Fire them. Hire new workers. Problem solved. If they want better pay, get an education, learn a trade or show some initiative and desire and get a raise. Fast food is not a career unless you´re in management.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: shamus, 8/29/2013 1:57:24 PM     (No. 9497252)

It´s a good day to make dinner at home.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: tommyr, 8/29/2013 1:57:47 PM     (No. 9497253)

The silliness is paid for by the thugs at the SEIU. Beware their allies are the liberal papers and television outlets in your cities.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 8/29/2013 1:58:57 PM     (No. 9497254)

SEIU is involved?! Color me shocked!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: STLstudent, 8/29/2013 2:09:46 PM     (No. 9497272)

$15/hr = MANY unskilled fast-food workers will be unemployed.

Saw a few of them interviewed on TV news this morning. They are a very uneducated bunch who do not understand the basics of economics. That should qualify them for a job as a Democratic Party politician or White House adviser.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Namma, 8/29/2013 2:11:06 PM     (No. 9497274)

go ahead, raise their wages..instead of 15 an hour give them 25 an hour...beside having to pay more taxes fast food workers will not have a job.
I am pretty sure that many people will just cook at home...myself included..

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 8/29/2013 2:15:04 PM     (No. 9497285)

There goes the $1.00 Egg McMuffin. Oh, well- I guess I can live without ´em.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: birddog, 8/29/2013 2:16:11 PM     (No. 9497287)

Geee..this might be a good time to re-play Obama big Public announcement, carried by all of the National News Channels, several years ago about HIS great success in creating "New Jobs" on the Day McDonalds announced it would be hiring 26,000 new workers.(how soon they do forget...)

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 8/29/2013 2:20:12 PM     (No. 9497291)

They ought to raise minimum wage to a million dollars an hour.
People would only have to work for one day, and would then be set for life.

Imagine how this would boost the economy as a hundred million new multi-millionaires would go out and spend all that money on all sorts of neat new toys.

/s

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Reply 17 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 8/29/2013 2:20:30 PM     (No. 9497293)

Hey Hey Ho Ho, it could be your jobs that go - HeyHey HoHo - HeyHey HoHo
Ladies and Gentlemen of the fast food industry, the people that are spurring you on to embark on this strike have no desire whatsoever to help you get better wages. They are corporate hustlers, they are looking for some attention and a pay off of some sort. These people wouldn´t be caught dead in one of your establishments. Do you seriously think they get their lattes from McDonalds or their salads from Wendys? You are shooting yourselves in the collective foot.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Phosphene, 8/29/2013 2:24:48 PM     (No. 9497298)

these losers are going to learn that 1. people can easily live without (overpriced) fast food and 2. there are many, many people who will work for less than $15/hr



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Reply 19 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 8/29/2013 2:29:27 PM     (No. 9497304)

No need to strike. The SEIU can just get their pal, BHO, to declare a $15 an hour minimum wage by executive order.....

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Kingbubo, 8/29/2013 2:31:29 PM     (No. 9497309)

I is not that I don´t want these folks to make money. I want them to use this experiene to get a better job. It is great that they have jobs, but burger flipping was never meant to support a family. They are looking at it from what they think they deserve as humans, not what they think the work they do deserves. They have it better than prior generations who did the same work.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: belwhatter, 8/29/2013 2:33:03 PM     (No. 9497312)

You´ve got to look a bit deeper into this issue. Where fast food jobs have historically been for teens looking to save a few bucks for their first vehicle or for college etc. you now have a job situation so dire nation wide that has forced adults into this market. There is no way a fast food job approaches a family wage job. The root problem of over regulation of businesses, and that includes all the counterproductive green issues, has to be addressed and therefore laid on Obama´s doorstep. Fast Food purveyors will have no option but to raise their charges - people will not be so willing to find the extra dollars needed for hamburger and fries, business drops off, business has to close - where then is the benefit? and if the SEIU gets these hapless souls in it´s clutches, they lose again as the union extracts its membership dues.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: chicodon, 8/29/2013 2:34:00 PM     (No. 9497317)

Didn´t President Reagan have a pretty good answer to this? I say fire them all and let management run the stores until they are replaced.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: bighambone, 8/29/2013 2:39:18 PM     (No. 9497319)

A person used to be paid upon the skill and value of their job performance, putting a hamburger and a sack of french fries in a bag and handing it across a counter or out a window does not take much skill or hold much value, as just about everybody can do that.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: dittohead, 8/29/2013 2:42:56 PM     (No. 9497322)

I think they would be better served taking an Econ 101 and Buisness 101 course.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Framer, 8/29/2013 2:47:40 PM     (No. 9497327)

$15/hr? Pffft! Move to Hawaii. $49K/yr ($25/hr) on welfare and No work.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: brownshoepogue, 8/29/2013 2:50:00 PM     (No. 9497330)

Looks like an opportunity to forcibly improve the diet of the lofos by out pricing their ability to pay. Market forces will determine who can afford an overpriced happy meal. Most people will turn to another source for their fast food/junk food. No issue for me, only when confronted with no other option (usually when on the road) do I give the fast food industry my business.
For $15.00 an hour, require employees to have good references, no record of misdemeanors/felonies and at least a college education (BS/BA).
lofos are sooooo dumb! Car wash attendants will be a good career opportunity for the soon to be unemployed lofo zombies.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 8/29/2013 2:58:06 PM     (No. 9497336)

This is what can happen when Welfare can pay better than real work.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: wsdiego, 8/29/2013 3:04:49 PM     (No. 9497346)

If they do get $15hr wait till they see that because their in a higher tax bracket that 40% of the increase is taken by taxes!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Axeman, 8/29/2013 3:07:42 PM     (No. 9497351)

Fast-food serving is a service sector job. Very little wealth is created. It mostly just changes hands. The gov´t makes money off every transaction. This is just another fascist redistribution scheme. Human nature will shoot down their fantasies once again.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 8/29/2013 3:09:23 PM     (No. 9497354)

We like chanting...
We like chanting...
We like chanting...

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Reply 31 - Posted by: jimmyfoxhound, 8/29/2013 3:30:30 PM     (No. 9497372)

Close them down, i stopped getting fast food not only because the food just isn´t that great but also because the people who would serve me were rude and could not complete a simple order correctly. We have a few local food trucks that come by at lunch and make wonderful food and they´re all very kind and happy to serve. They get my money and a generous tip. You couldn´t pay me to go to a burger chain now.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 8/29/2013 3:32:21 PM     (No. 9497377)

Lying media is sure pushing this hard. Did anyone think to tell the workers to strike? I say if you don´t show up for your shift today, don´t bother with tomorrow.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Momma Walton, 8/29/2013 3:34:30 PM     (No. 9497381)

This is the best way to lose their current jobs and possibly will put fast food out of business entirely! Might be better for our health, but not for our convenience! Choose your battles!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Jubilationtcornpone, 8/29/2013 3:48:06 PM     (No. 9497401)

Someone needs to remind these folks that there are 10 million Mexicans at the border waiting to come over and take the jobs they don´t want to do for minimum wage. I hate to say it, but the best run McD franchises in my area are staffed by non-English speaking Mexicans. They´re grateful for what work they can get.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: reilly, 8/29/2013 3:48:25 PM     (No. 9497402)


Tail wags dog.


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Reply 36 - Posted by: Rama41, 8/29/2013 4:02:16 PM     (No. 9497421)

I´ll be concerned when the Chik-Fil-A crew goes on strike.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 8/29/2013 4:10:28 PM     (No. 9497432)

Fire every one of them. Be sure to set up a database so that no other fast food restaurant hires anyone who participated in this travesty.

These idiots need to learn a valuable lesson in basic economics.

If you were qualified for a $15 an hour job, you would probably already have one. Think about it...

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Reply 38 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 8/29/2013 4:13:06 PM     (No. 9497435)

“Hey hey, ho ho, poverty wages gotta go!”

this says it all..
leftover elitist hippies from the 60´s..
the song´s the same..



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Reply 39 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 8/29/2013 4:15:59 PM     (No. 9497443)

Idiots. Won´t affect me, I don´t patronize, nor eat, this ´food´. IF I find myself in a bind it might be Wendy´s chili or Chik-fil-A tenders. Otherwise, I just buy some nuts at the store and go about my business and cook a healthy meal when I get home.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Hard Nard, 8/29/2013 4:19:56 PM     (No. 9497448)

Drove up to the local Wendy´s for lunch, saw no picketers so I drove in. Ordered a chicken sandwich, side salad, and Sprite. Paid, got the order, drove to the park to settle down and eat. In the bag was a double cheesburger, fires, and a Coke.

NOT EVEN CLOSE!

And people like this want $15 an hour?

Screw ´em! Fire ´em and let ´em starve!


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Reply 41 - Posted by: Coy860, 8/29/2013 4:26:37 PM     (No. 9497456)

They are paid minimum wage because they must be taught to show up on time, call in when sick, tie their shoes and pull up their pants and say thank you. Those who learn that usually get a raise after 3 months. Work hard and mind your business and in less than a year you can be an assistant manager..work harder, give 110% and you can become a district manager, make 6 figures plus bonuses for each of the stores you manage if those stores meet sales goals. I speak from experience.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: JustRight, 8/29/2013 4:28:02 PM     (No. 9497459)

These "strikers" are not the employees but latest news says they are from the rent-a-mob and hired by the union thugs. They are trying to add thousands of workers and millions of dollars from the workers pay to the union rolls.

More thuggery from the Chicago crew.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/29/2013 4:50:10 PM     (No. 9497483)

This entire situation is created by Union slugs hiring activist goons at $7 an hour to do their bidding. All one needs to do is follow the slime trail.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: killerbee, 8/29/2013 4:55:52 PM     (No. 9497497)

SEIU shakedown. Stand firm fast-foodies.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: nevernaught, 8/29/2013 5:03:56 PM     (No. 9497510)

Unless they have a union, there is no strike, just people who are fired because they didn´t come to work.

If they don´t want to work for the going wage in a particular industry then by all means quit and go elsewhere. They offered you a job because you applied for work as a responsible individual at the going wage. Nobody forced you.

Not only that, this goes on your employment record. Lots of luck in the future.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: formerNYer, 8/29/2013 5:13:38 PM     (No. 9497524)

Do yourself a favor, don´t eat fast food. Horrible processed food that has dire health consequences.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 8/29/2013 6:02:38 PM     (No. 9497580)

Food is food.

Having lived in caves and eaten anything we could find or kill for thousands of years, we have a damn lot of nerve pretending that we need some kind of fancy diet to do well.

Eat any damn thing you like.

But......run 5 miles every morning before eating anything.

That´s the catch.



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Reply 48 - Posted by: nihtwael, 8/29/2013 7:27:59 PM     (No. 9497672)

There are plenty of people who would value having a job at McDonald´s at current wages.

Close the stores. Fire all participants in the ´strike´. Hire people who want to work. Reopen the stores.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth, 8/30/2013 9:03:17 AM     (No. 9498240)

"Blah blah Horrible processed food that has dire health consequences...."

Oh shut up. Killjoy.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: broken01, 8/30/2013 12:42:21 PM     (No. 9498524)

Back in the 80´s when I got my driver´s license the thing my friends and I couldn´t wait to do was get a job. Some of us like myself got employed at "Mickey Dees" and other got jobs at Wendy´s, Burger King, Taco Bell and various other places. A good friend of mine is now an owner of six McDonalds francises in my home state of WVA. Those were very good memories of growing up and learning how to be responsible. Back then the minimum wage was 5.50/hr and I loved my job. I was also smart enough to know that fast food jobs aren´t supposed to support a family. You have to be in management or an owner like my friend for that kind of pay. The people that are protesting sound like they need to take economics classes because they sound clueless.

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Two drug-smuggling tunnels stretching hundreds of yards across the U.S.-Mexico border, complete with crude railways system to move contraband, have been unearthed by a U.S. task force. No drugs were found in connection with the tunnels, which linked warehouses in Tijuana, Mexico, with warehouses in an industrial park in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement´s Homeland Security Investigations. The first tunnel, stretching about 600 yards, was discovered Tuesday. It was described as being equipped with lighting, rails and wooden trusses. Scroll down for video



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Brendan Eich and the New
American Totalitarian State

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American Thinker, by Sally Zelikovsky    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/4/2014 6:48:31 AM     Post Reply
Imagine going to work one day only to be, in effect, fired -- not because of anything you did or didn’t do at your job, but because of something you did in your personal life. Something religious. Or maybe, something political.(snip)That’s exactly what happened to Brendan Eich, a highly-respected tech guru in Silicon Valley and co-founder of Mozilla Corporation, after he was appointed CEO in late March. In less than a week, he was forced out of this position for no reason other than that he had a made a $1000 contribution to the Prop 8 initiative in 2008. His

$6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department
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Fiscal Times, by Brianna Ehley    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 4/4/2014 1:04:42 PM     Post Reply
The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors. In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years. The alert was just the latest example of the federal government’s continued struggle with oversight over its outside contractors. The lack of oversight “exposes the department to significant financial risk,” the auditor said. “It creates conditions conducive to fraud, as corrupt individuals may attempt

Ex-CIA boss Morell gives unorthodox
reasons for omitting key Benghazi details

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Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/3/2014 10:03:11 PM     Post Reply
In his opening statement during highly anticipated testimony Wednesday on Benghazi, former CIA deputy director Michael Morell claimed to be an intelligence professional who was willing to lay out the facts -- no matter how damaging. "I take very seriously the allegations about how the CIA in general and about how I in particular handled the analysis and the talking points," Morell told the House Intelligence Committee, in his first public testimony on the Benghazi attacks. "The ethical code under which intelligence officers carry out their responsibilities calls for total objectivity." But Morell´s own testimony would appear to undercut that

Muslims Object to Easter Eggs
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Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/4/2014 11:34:07 PM     Post Reply
Muslim moms and dads in Dearborn, Mich. are upset after students received flyers promoting an Easter Egg hunt at a local Presbyterian church. The parents say the egg hunt violates the U.S. Constitution. The Muslims told the Detroit Free-Press that they were concerned about the religious implications of Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church’s “Eggstravaganza!” They were also troubled by images of a bunny rabbit. “It really bothered my two kids,” parent Majed Moughni, told the newspaper. “My son was like, ‘Dad, I really don’t feel comfortable getting these flyers, telling me to go to church. I thought churches are not supposed

CEO of Firefox maker Mozilla steps down
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USA Today, by Brett Molina    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/3/2014 4:06:40 PM     Post Reply
Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich will step down following uproar over his apparent opposition to gay marriage. In a statement released Thursday, Mozilla -- which makes the Firefox Web browser -- apologized for not reacting more quickly to the controversy surrounding Eich, who made a 2008 donation supporting California´s plan on gay marriage, The Guardian reports. "We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it´s because we haven´t stayed true to ourselves," said Mozilla executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker in a statement. Last week, Eich attempted to dispel fears on whether he would support equality as the head

Romney 2016: Coulter Says Mitt
Strongest on Immigration

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Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Jeffrey Poor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/4/2014 1:02:48 PM     Post Reply
Earlier this week on Boston’s WRKO-AM’s The Howie Carr Show, conservative commentator Ann Coulter shocked some conservatives when she said she is making 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney her favorite for the 2016 Republican contest. Last month in an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation, Romney himself ruled out the possibility of a 2016 run and said he was instead focused on who to get behind in that contest. Coulter, however, wishes otherwise. “Well, don´t tell him but I´m planning on giving Mitt Romney a little more time to rest -- flying out, kidnapping him and depriving him of sleep, food and

Beating of white driver by
angry mob after he accidentally
ran over young boy ruled NOT
a hate crime by Detroit police

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Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/4/2014 5:01:05 PM     Post Reply
A 54-year-old white man has been left barely clinging to life after he was brutally beaten by a group of black men when he got out of his car to check on a young black boy he accidentally hit. Steve Utash, from suburban Roseville, was beaten into a coma Wednesday by an angry mob in a poverty-stricken Detroit neighborhood after David Harris, 10, ran in front of his truck on a busy street, but police insist the incident was not racially motivated. The gang also stole his wallet before leaving him for dead. Utash is in extremely critical

Eric Holder defends using Justice
Department airplane for 27 personal trips

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Washington Examiner (DC), by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/4/2014 9:34:34 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder disputed a Government Accountability Office report on his use of Justice Department airplanes for personal trips, saying it overstated the number of trips he took and failed to recognize that some trips were job-related. "My staff keeps telling me to take it easy, you know, well, this is one that gets me," Holder told Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. "There was this notion that we´ve taken -- I think it was described as hundreds of personal trips. That was wrong. GAO counted flights, not round trips. And we looked at it

David Letterman makes big announcement
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CBS News, by Lauren Moraski    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/3/2014 5:00:45 PM     Post Reply
It´s the end of an era: David Letterman announced Thursday that he´s retiring from CBS´ "Late Show" sometime next year. He made that announcement during the taping of his program this afternoon. The late-night talk show host, who will celebrate his 67th birthday next week, made his debut on the "Late Show" on Aug. 30, 1993. Letterman got his television start in 1978 on the CBS variety series "Mary," starring Mary Tyler Moore. Months later, he paid his first visit to "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" -- marking the first of 22 appearances. He also guest-hosted "Tonight" numerous times.

Gov’t Spent $700 Million
Promoting Obamacare

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Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
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President Barack Obama contended that the government did not “make a hard sell” for Obamacare, despite his administration spending nearly $700 million to promote the law. “We didn’t make a hard sell,” Obama said in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, praising the 7.1 million sign ups for the Affordable Care Act. “We didn’t have billions of dollars of commercials like some critics did.” However, last July the Associated Press reported that Obamacare’s marketing campaign would cost at least $684 million. Taxpayer funding went to all 50 states in efforts to encourage people to enroll, including nearly $28 million for the

Networks Refuse Obama Request for
Primetime to Announce Obamacare
Hitting 7 Million Mark

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Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/3/2014 7:04:57 PM     Post Reply
According to a report via BuzzFeed’s Evan McMorris-Santoro, President Barack Obama requested the opportunity to address the nation in prime time on the major broadcast networks on Tuesday night to announce that the Affordable Care Act had reached 7 million enrollees. Those networks did not, however, accommodate the White House’s request. “Three sources familiar with the request confirmed the White House asked for the prime time slot in their effort both to emphasize a bright moment following the challenging roll out and, more important, to try to reintroduce the country to a law that remains unpopular,”

Dem Rep.: ‘Members of Congress
Are Underpaid,’ Can’t Afford
to ‘Live Decently’

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Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/3/2014 7:15:42 PM     Post Reply
Do you think members of Congress are overpaid or underpaid? Most likely you’d go with the former, but Democratic congressman Jim Moran argues it’s actually the latter. In an interview with CQ Roll Call, Moran says, “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid.” The House recently took up a bill to freeze members’ paychecks, placing another halt on the annual cost-of-living pay increases they would normally get and keeping annual salary at $174,000. Moran believes that this is the wrong way to go, not necessarily talking about himself in particular, but saying there


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