Articles by: Staff

Illinois union leaders bash pension plan as details emerge

Illinois union leaders bash pension plan as details emerge

on November 30, 2013, 6:02 AM / in National News, News

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois union leaders on Friday criticized the details of a controversial deal to reform the state’s woefully under-funded public pensions, as legislative leaders revealed more specifics of the deal they reached on Wednesday. The agreement contains proposals to raise the retirement age and reduce automatic increases in pension payments, according to an overview of […]

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Mexico leftists exit pact, raising hope for deeper energy reform

Mexico leftists exit pact, raising hope for deeper energy reform

on November 30, 2013, 6:01 AM / in National News, News

By Ana Isabel Martinez and Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s main leftist party said on Thursday it had pulled out of a cross-party pact on economic reform, raising hopes that the government will agree to a more far-reaching plan to attract private investment for the oil industry. The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is hoping its energy […]

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‘Security’ swimming pool lands South Africa’s Zuma in hot water

‘Security’ swimming pool lands South Africa’s Zuma in hot water

on November 30, 2013, 6:00 AM / in National News, News

By Ed Cropley JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s top anti-corruption watchdog says President Jacob Zuma should repay some of a $21 million publicly funded “security upgrade” to his private home that included a swimming pool and cattle enclosure, a newspaper said on Friday. The Mail and Guardian weekly said a provisional report by the Public Protector entitled ‘Opulence on a […]

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Millennials Give Obamacare a Big Boost in Poll

Millennials Give Obamacare a Big Boost in Poll

on November 29, 2013, 5:31 AM / in National News, News

By Brianna Ehley Editor’s Note: Nothing like a little hoping and wishing and hoping and praying Finally, some good news for the Obama administration. Despite two solid months of technological disasters, significant delays, low enrollment numbers and millions of cancelled insurance policies, the group most crucial to Obamacare’s success hasn’t given up on it yet. Millennials, ages 18-34, overwhelmingly believe […]

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Rivals look on China’s new security body with hope, and caution

Rivals look on China’s new security body with hope, and caution

on November 28, 2013, 6:10 AM / in National News, News

By Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) – When Chinese leader Xi Jinping met U.S. President Barack Obama at the “Sunnylands Summit” in California in June, Xi’s aides peppered their American counterparts with questions about the inner workings of the National Security Council (NSC) in the White House. Just months later, Xi has announced the creation of a Chinese version of […]

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Ten Things You Should Know About This Week

Ten Things You Should Know About This Week

on November 28, 2013, 6:08 AM / in National News, News

The Supreme Court reviews another ObamaCare challenge, the U.S. challenges China’s claim over disputed airspace, and more By Harold Maass 1. Justices agree to review another ObamaCare challenge The Supreme Court is wading back into the battle over ObamaCare. The high court, which upheld the law’s individual mandate to buy insurance last year, agreed on Tuesday to review a provision […]

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Obama & Christie – Telling Interviews

Obama & Christie – Telling Interviews

on November 28, 2013, 6:06 AM / in National News, News, Opinion

Read carefully when politicians speak. I was reading a special section of The Wall Street Journal that included interviews with various speakers at WSJ’s annual CEO Council. This week, I’ll share a few of my thoughts on remarks made by President Obama and Governor Chris Christie. First, President Obama discussing the likelihood of another government shutdown in January or February, […]

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Illinois legislative leaders strike deal on pensions

Illinois legislative leaders strike deal on pensions

on November 28, 2013, 6:01 AM / in National News, News

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois legislative leaders on Wednesday reached a long-elusive deal to reform the state’s woefully underfunded public pensions, but the plan must still win support of lawmakers and could face legal challenges if approved. Powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan told reporters the plan would save the state more than $160 billion over 30 years. The plan raises the […]

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Washington Post to sell historic office building

Washington Post to sell historic office building

on November 28, 2013, 5:49 AM / in National News, News

Washington (AFP) – The Washington Post confirmed Wednesday it has agreed a deal to sell its historic office building in the heart of the American capital. The newspaper said the sale of the building, situated just a stone’s throw from the White House, to a property firm would be sealed by March next year for $159 million. The paper, which […]

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Then and now: Who supports pot legalization? It might surprise you

Then and now: Who supports pot legalization? It might surprise you

on November 27, 2013, 7:32 AM / in National News, News

By Tony Dokoupil, Senior Staff Writer, NBC News It bears an aura of inevitability, the state-by-state fall of marijuana prohibition, starting with January’s debut of commercial sales in Colorado and Washington state. Even as the legalization trend has spread, however, gathering momentum in at least 11 other states and setting up a prolonged clash with federal law, the issue has […]

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Ballot measure to enact $15 minimum wage near Seattle wins narrow victory

Ballot measure to enact $15 minimum wage near Seattle wins narrow victory

on November 27, 2013, 7:20 AM / in National News, News

By Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters OLYMPIA, Washington — A voter initiative to enact a $15 minimum wage for thousands of workers in a  Seattle suburb that houses the region’s main international airport won a narrow  victory on Tuesday that proponents hailed as a signal moment in the nationwide  fight for livable wages. The measure mandates that some 6,300 workers at  Seattle-Tacoma […]

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Bachmann: Do House Republicans Have the ‘Guts to Fight’ Obamacare?

Bachmann: Do House Republicans Have the ‘Guts to Fight’ Obamacare?

on November 27, 2013, 7:07 AM / in National News, News

By Elizabeth Harrington (CNSNews.com) – Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) said a number of “high-profile” senators are willing to shut down the government over the funding of the president’s health care law, an effort being led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). Bachmann told CNSNews.com that while she was encouraged by a meeting with the Tea Party caucus on Tuesday evening, she […]

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Tennessee Father Arrested for Insisting on Picking Up His Kids at School

Tennessee Father Arrested for Insisting on Picking Up His Kids at School

on November 27, 2013, 6:41 AM / in National News, News, State News

Written by  Dave Bohon A Tennessee school district recently demonstrated what happens when citizens concede too much authority to local civic institutions. When Jim Howe arrived on foot at 2:00 p.m. on November 14 to pick up his two children attending South Cumberland Elementary School in Crossville, Tennessee, he was told that a new policy mandated that students may leave […]

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Obama speaks at DreamWorks: How liberal is Hollywood?

Obama speaks at DreamWorks: How liberal is Hollywood?

on November 27, 2013, 6:31 AM / in National News, News

Editor’s Note: This article was amended to meet today’s publication. Also note that the Motion Picture Association of America is only 277th in financial funding of candidates. President Obama attended several fundraisers in California. When tracking political money for a particular industry, it’s good to look at group contributions in addition to individual donors. By Peter Grier President Obama spoke at […]

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Now the DOD Is in the Drug Business

Now the DOD Is in the Drug Business

on November 27, 2013, 6:17 AM / in National News, News

By David Francis The Pentagon has broken ground on a biodefense facility in Florida that is expected to cost $40 million annually for the next five years. The DOD did this despite the fact that experts said it wasn’t needed, the White House said it wasn’t wanted, and the work to be done there duplicates already existing Health and Human […]

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Are gassy cattle a bigger problem than US government thought?

Are gassy cattle a bigger problem than US government thought?

on November 27, 2013, 6:04 AM / in National News, News

Only the EPA could think this one up! Cattle generate twice as much methane as the EPA supposed, according to a new report. The findings could tilt the international debate on the safety of natural gas, of which methane is a primary component. By Fabien Tepper The gassy rumblings of ruminating cattle, along with the hisses and sloshes as natural […]

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Parts of Amtrak passenger train derail in South Carolina

Parts of Amtrak passenger train derail in South Carolina

on November 26, 2013, 9:26 PM / in National News, News

Friends of ours, Dickie and Sam,  were on this train. Hello Friends. I have breaking news. Our train just derailed somewhere in SC. We are all fine. Just sitting here waiting for assistance. Train is ok. But watch TV for more up dates. Well the saga continues.  We are now on a bus in Durham, NC a waiting food. We […]

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Olivia Wise, brave teen who sang Katy Perry’s ‘Roar,’ has died

Olivia Wise, brave teen who sang Katy Perry’s ‘Roar,’ has died

on November 26, 2013, 7:45 PM / in National News, News

Olivia Wise, the inspirational 16-year-old with an inoperable brain tumor who recorded a viral cover of Katy Perry’s “Roar,” died Monday. “She died peacefully in her home surrounded by the extraordinary love of her family,” a family statement sent to CNN said. When Olivia was 11, she wrote “Simple Girl” (a song about how she wanted to live life), and she […]

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The Supreme Court ponders the Internet sales tax

The Supreme Court ponders the Internet sales tax

on November 26, 2013, 10:02 AM / in National News, News

By Scott Bomboy On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will debate, behind closed doors, if Americans should be forced to pay a sales tax on almost all items they buy on the Internet. Two cases are in front of the Justices for consideration during a private conference. If they are deemed worthy of a full review, the cases could he heard […]

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The Coming Persecution of Christians

The Coming Persecution of Christians

on November 26, 2013, 9:57 AM / in National News, News

Written by  Selwyn Duke Sometime after Hurricane Sandy swept across the Jersey Shore, FEMA money swept into the state, helping to rebuild municipalities and morale. But one New Jersey town isn’t receiving Federal Emergency Management Agency funds despite having sustained millions in damage, losing half its boardwalk; its whole pier; entire buildings; and part of the roof of its Taj […]

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