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The Omnibus

The Omnibus

on January 18, 2014, 6:08 AM / in National News, News

The Senate on Thursday sent the massive $1.012 trillion spending bill — including $520 billion for Defense spending — to President Obama’s desk in a 72-26 vote. The omnibus bill included a full 2014 appropriations measure for the Pentagon, which was $20 billion more than the military would have received had sequestration remained in effect. The omnibus quickly cleared Congress […]

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Gates book tour stops at Pentagon

Gates book tour stops at Pentagon

on January 18, 2014, 6:06 AM / in National News, News

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates had a line at the Pentagon Thursday that stretched out the door and into the courtyard as he signed copies of his memoir. Gates’s book, which had harsh words for President Obama, Vice President Biden and many others in the administration, continues to generate reaction more than a week after the first excerpts were released. […]

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States Still Considering Medicaid Expansion

States Still Considering Medicaid Expansion

on January 17, 2014, 8:59 AM / in National News, News

Currently, 26 states have chosen to expand their Medicaid programs as part of Obamacare and 22 states have chosen not to do so. States that have been reluctant to expand Medicaid, like Wyoming and Utah, are ’ Ultimately, Medicaid expansion is an expensive endeavor that many critics say does not provide better or more affordable health care. of the Arkansas […]

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Rouse exits WH, in talks with Perkins Coie

Rouse exits WH, in talks with Perkins Coie

on January 17, 2014, 8:45 AM / in National News, News

The Exodus Starts…. By Amie Parnes / The Hill Longtime Obama aide Pete Rouse has left the White House and is expected to head to former White House counsel Robert Bauer’s firm, according to a source familiar with the move. Rouse is in discussions to provide strategic advice to clients on moving initiatives through Washington at Perkins Coie. Rouse, nicknamed […]

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McConnell to force vote on EPA carbon regs

McConnell to force vote on EPA carbon regs

on January 17, 2014, 8:37 AM / in National News, News

Editor’s Notes: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) simultaneously delivered his own speech on the carbon pollution rule for coal-fired power plants while the hearing was going on. McConnell announced his plans to seek a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to force a vote that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule. E2-Wire reported on the details below: […]

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KEYSTONE MAKES THE LIST

KEYSTONE MAKES THE LIST

on January 17, 2014, 8:31 AM / in National News, News

When Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird meets with Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday, the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline will be at the top of his list. Baird hopes to make some headway with Kerry on the TransCanada proposed pipeline during the talks tomorrow morning at the State Department. Mexico’s Foreign Minister, José Antonio Meade, will also be in the […]

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The Church of Global Warming hearts communism

The Church of Global Warming hearts communism

on January 17, 2014, 8:23 AM / in National News, News

By: John Hayward / RedState Quick show of hands: who’s surprised to learn the global warming fanatics think communism is super-awesome? Oh, I know what you’re thinking, People Who Have Your Hands Down.  You’ve seen what communist countries look like.  They’re absolute environmental disasters, horrifying wastelands of garbage and toxic pollution.  You’re wondering how anyone could possibly review the history of communism and […]

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10 things you need to know today

on January 17, 2014, 7:39 AM / in National News, News

1. Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending deal The Democratic-led Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the federal government funded through the end of September. The 72-26 vote came a day after Republicans who control the House ignored conservative groups urging them to defeat the bill and passed it, 359-67. President Obama is expected to […]

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Anti-Free Speech Zones Used to Silence Pro-Lifers Could Come Back to Haunt Liberals

Anti-Free Speech Zones Used to Silence Pro-Lifers Could Come Back to Haunt Liberals

on January 17, 2014, 7:29 AM / in National News, News

The Supreme Court is hearing a case about a Massachusetts law barring protesters from entrances to abortion clinics. If it’s upheld, unions and environmentalists could be next. By Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday for McCullen v. Coakley, a case in which anti-abortion activists argue that their First Amendment rights have been violated […]

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Fed Owns 64% More U.S. Government Debt Than China

Fed Owns 64% More U.S. Government Debt Than China

on January 17, 2014, 7:23 AM / in National News, News

By Terence P.  Jeffrey / (CNSNews.com) The Federal Reserve owned 64 percent more U.S. government debt than  entities in the People’s Republic of China did as of the end of  November, which is the latest period for which the Treasury has reported  on the foreign ownership of U.S. government debt. The $1,316,700,000,000 in U.S. Treasury securities that entities in  mainland […]

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Unemployment insurance not dead, US Democrats vow

Unemployment insurance not dead, US Democrats vow

on January 17, 2014, 7:08 AM / in National News

Washington (AFP) – US Democrats insisted Thursday that efforts to extend unemployment benefits were not dead despite their failure to pass Congress, warning that ignoring jobless struggles in an election year would be political dynamite. Extended benefits beyond the standard 26 weeks of jobless aid expired in late December for more than 1.3 million Americans and counting. President Barack Obama […]

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Mother of jailed Vietnam activist warns on trade pact

Mother of jailed Vietnam activist warns on trade pact

on January 17, 2014, 7:05 AM / in National News, News

Washington (AFP) – The mother of a jailed Vietnamese labor activist appealed Thursday for the United States to use a Pacific trade pact as pressure to end what rights groups call widespread violations. The mother of Do Thi Minh Hanh, one of three organizers at a shoe factory sentenced in 2010 to up to nine years in prison, said Vietnam’s […]

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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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