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Congress cuts funding for horse slaughter

Congress cuts funding for horse slaughter

on January 17, 2014, 6:57 AM / in National News, News

Congress tries once again to block horse slaughter by cutting funding for inspections By Jeri Clausing, Associated Press  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congress’ latest budget bill tries to block the resumption of horse slaughter in the U.S. by cutting funding for inspections of the process. The prohibition on spending by the Department of Agriculture is included in the $1.1 trillion […]

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Tom Coburn Is Retiring From the Senate

Tom Coburn Is Retiring From the Senate

on January 17, 2014, 6:53 AM / in National News, News

By Sara Morrison / The Wire Republican senator Tom Coburn announced tonight that he will be retiring at the end of this session of Congress, two years before the end of his term. Coburn, from Oklahoma, announced in November that his prostate cancer had returned (he’s also fought melanoma and colon cancer) and he would undergo chemotherapy. He was said […]

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UNC stops research of reading specialist who questioned literacy level of athletes

UNC stops research of reading specialist who questioned literacy level of athletes

on January 17, 2014, 6:21 AM / in National News, News

Aaron Beard, Associated Press North Carolina has halted the research of reading specialist Mary Willingham until she receives approval from a review board and is investigating statements she made questioning the literacy level of Tar Heel athletes. The school said in a statement Thursday evening it has notified Willingham that she can’t continue to use data with information that could […]

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10 things you need to know today

10 things you need to know today

on January 16, 2014, 7:26 AM / in National News, News

1. Senate investigation concludes the Benghazi disaster was preventable A Senate report released Wednesday said the 2012 Benghazi attacks, which killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, was “likely preventable.” The long-awaited, bipartisan report criticized the performance of everyone from diplomats to intelligence officials ahead of the deadly assault on the diplomatic compounds in Libya, saying more security and […]

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USDA RETAIL PET STORE RULE LAWSUIT UPDATE

USDA RETAIL PET STORE RULE LAWSUIT UPDATE

on January 16, 2014, 7:22 AM / in National News, News

On the afternoon of January 13, 2014, our Response to the HSUS Motion to Intervene as a Defendant in the Lawsuit was filed.  (A copy of our Response will be posted on the KODA Website.)  A summary of  key quotes set out in our Response is as follows: The HSUS “does not have standing to intervene (as a defendant) in […]

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House easily passes $1T omnibus spending bill with 359-67 vote

House easily passes $1T omnibus spending bill with 359-67 vote

on January 16, 2014, 6:55 AM / in National News, News

By Pete Kasperowicz and Erik Wasson / The Hill The House on Wednesday easily approved a $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government for the rest of fiscal 2014 and let Congress avoid the risk of a shutdown until the end of September. Members voted 359-67 to pass the bill, which was opposed by 64 Republicans and […]

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Don’t Trust Government on Baby DNA

Don’t Trust Government on Baby DNA

on January 16, 2014, 6:49 AM / in National News, News, Opinion

Let’s take a break from Obamacare for a moment. Did you know State governments keep the DNA of newborns without parent consent?  Did you know CCHF initiated a lawsuit with nine families in 2009 against Minnesota’s health department for storing and using Baby DNA without parent consent? All across the country state health departments are taking newborn DNA within 48 […]

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Socialists and Soros Fight for Article V Convention

Socialists and Soros Fight for Article V Convention

on January 16, 2014, 6:46 AM / in National News, News, Opinion

Recently, The New American has reported on the efforts by radio talk show host Mark Levin and others to push for a constitutional convention (a convention of the states, in the parlance of the proponents). In his new book, Levin argues that such a convention is the last hope “to reform the federal government from its degenerate, bloated, imperial structure back to […]

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Obama Vows to Bypass Congress and Rule by Decree

Obama Vows to Bypass Congress and Rule by Decree

on January 16, 2014, 6:42 AM / in National News, News, Opinion

Sounding more like a third-world dictator than a U.S. president who took an oath to uphold the Constitution, Obama announced that he would no longer wait for Congress or legislation to impose his radical agenda to “fundamentally transform” America. Instead, in January 14 remarks about making 2014 a “year of action,” Obama declared that his administration would expand its rule-by-decree […]

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Navy’s No. 2 resigns

Navy’s No. 2 resigns

on January 16, 2014, 6:37 AM / in National News, News

In other military scandal news, the Navy’s second-ranking civilian resigned Wednesday amid a criminal investigation involving a top-secret Navy project. Robert Martinage, the acting undersecretary of the Navy, was pressured by Navy officials to resign after it was discovered he was having an affair with a subordinate during the investigation. Martinage was being investigated for his role approving the purchase of homemade firearm silencers that cost […]

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Air Force probe goes from drugs to cheating

Air Force probe goes from drugs to cheating

on January 16, 2014, 6:35 AM / in National News, News

The Air Force drug probe widened from 10 airmen to 37 after one of those being investigated for illegal drug possession was found to have been either cheating on a monthly proficiency test for missile forces or knew of the cheating and did not stop it. “This is absolutely unacceptable behavior, and it is completely contrary to our core values […]

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Senate report says Benghazi preventable

Senate report says Benghazi preventable

on January 16, 2014, 6:33 AM / in National News, News

The 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, were preventable, a Senate Intelligence Committee report concluded. The report said the State Department failed to increase security there despite warnings from the intelligence community that the situation was deteriorating and facilities were at risk. It also faulted the administration and the intelligence community for not quickly dispelling the notion that the attack grew […]

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon to retire

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon to retire

on January 16, 2014, 6:29 AM / in National News, News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) will announce his retirement on Thursday, two sources close to McKeon told members of the press. McKeon is set to make a 9 a.m. announcement in the Armed Services Committee room on Thursday. His office and the committee aren’t officially confirming yet that the lawmaker will announce his retirement then. McKeon’s retirement […]

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What is on Tap Today in Washington

What is on Tap Today in Washington

on January 16, 2014, 6:27 AM / in National News, News

  A major part of President Obama’s second-term legacy — his Climate Action Plan — will be placed under the microscope on Thursday. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing on Obama’s climate agenda. You can expect a heated debate. Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy and chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy […]

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Keystone XL talks get hotter

Keystone XL talks get hotter

on January 16, 2014, 6:14 AM / in National News, News

There was no end to the number of senators touting their obsession with the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline on Wednesday. Top Canadian officials made their rounds bopping from office to office for press conferences, voicing their strong support for approving the controversial TransCanada pipeline. Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, and Gary Doer, ambassador to the U.S., met […]

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All Heck is Breaking Loose!

All Heck is Breaking Loose!

on January 16, 2014, 6:09 AM / in National News, News, Opinion

“The real agenda of the gun-hating Obama administration is to strip gun rights from law-abiding Americans ….” — GOA’s Legislative Counsel Michael Hammond, The Washington Times (1/7/14) Four issues in which you have been heavily involved have come or are coming to a head this week. We are putting out this emergency alert to keep you apprised of the fast-moving […]

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10 things you need to know today

10 things you need to know today

on January 15, 2014, 10:08 AM / in National News, News

1. Appeals court tosses out net neutrality rules An appeals court on Tuesday struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, which require Internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally. The decision could transform online access by allowing Internet service providers to charge content companies such as Netflix to deliver their fare to customers at accelerated speeds. […]

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More Bad News for ObamaCare Costs and Other News Briefs

More Bad News for ObamaCare Costs and Other News Briefs

on January 15, 2014, 8:42 AM / in National News, News

The White House boasted this week that one out of four Americans now enrolled in ObamaCare are aged 18-34 (assuming they’re paid up). That’s great except ObamaCare depends on 39% of enrollees being young and healthy to make the system appear to work. Unless that mix dramatically improves by the March 31 deadline, premiums will go up even further to […]

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The Predictable Things Politicians Do

The Predictable Things Politicians Do

on January 15, 2014, 8:24 AM / in National News, News

Addison Wiggin, watching the same song and dance… Tomorrow, a budget deal needs to be reached or the government could face another partial shutdown… again. Assuming, God help us, a deal isn’t reached tomorrow, there could be another partial government shutdown. That could probably have some “serious” economic impact. To make matters worse, experts are estimating the next debt limit […]

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Rep. Jim Moran won’t seek reelection

Rep. Jim Moran won’t seek reelection

on January 15, 2014, 8:13 AM / in National News, News

Northern Virginia Rep. Jim Moran (D) will not seek another term in Congress. “After 35 years as a public servant, as Mayor of Alexandria, and for the past 23 as a member of the House of Representatives, it’s time to close this chapter of my life and move on to the next challenge. It’s been an honor to represent Northern […]

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