News Roundup – January 24, 2012

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News Roundup – January 24, 2013

Storified by Chris Spangle· Thu, Jan 24 2013 15:19:09

DIFI Gun Bill:
Dianne Feinstein unveils assault weapons ban – Ginger GibsonSen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday rolled out a controversial piece of the gun control legislation, a ban on assault weapons similar to th…
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Feinstein on re-introducing assault weapons ban: No weapon is taken from anyone. We’re trying to dry up the supply. #Newtown #NRAChad Pergram
Heartland Institute Experts React to Sen. Feinstein’s ‘Assault Weapons Ban of 2013’ | Heartland InstituteAt a Capitol Hill press conference today, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced the introduction of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. The…
Pennsylvania’s largest gun show postponed following show’s decision to ban assault weapons – @pennlive
Refusing to Disarm: Lexington and ConcordWhen, on April 19, 1775, Major Pitcairn, in charge of six companies of the British advance guard, came up to confront the Lexington milit…
Manchin says he’s working with NRA on universal background check bill – The Hill’s Blog Briefing RoomBy Justin Sink – Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Thursday that he was working on a bill with Senate colleagues and the National Rifle Ass…
National Rifle Association survey: Members support keeping guns away from those who suffer from mental illness; 89% oppose banning semi-a…
Joe Biden: "If you Want to Keep People Away During an Earthquake, Buy Some Shotgun Shells"6VQZCdKTpR3ePNXM2FXc4A
Biden says police orgs support reinstating ban on assault weapons "because they’re outgunned by the bad guys."Mark Knoller
Biden welcomes any support he can get: "if you don’t agree with me on assault weapons, you may agree with me on background checks."Mark Knoller
But Biden advocates hiring of sworn law enforcement officers as "school resource officers" to protect students, if a school sees the need.Mark Knoller
Sen. Dianne Feinstein Opens Press Conference With Prayer To Disarm America " Pat DollardHome " Guns " Sen. Dianne Feinstein Opens Press Conference With Prayer To Disarm America
Registration Will Lead to ConfiscationAccording to The Washington Post, the Obama administration is considering a "national database" of all firearms in the United States to "…
Mass Shootings Not On the Increase –
Look Who’s Mocking Fascist Fear-Mongering Now – Reason.comIs it really so outrageous to believe the government of the United States is capable of tyranny?
Guns and the presidentJan. 23, 2013: Gun rights advocates demonstrate at the Pennsylvania Capital building in Harrisburg, Pa.AP Jan. 23, 2013: Gun rights advoc…
Why Licensing Gun Owners Is Unworkable and (Probably) Unconstitutional – Hit & Run : Reason.comWhen I appeared on HuffPost Live to discuss guns and gun laws with Daniel Fisher of Forbes Media (that’s him, to the right) and Christina…
Poll: Two-Thirds of Gun Owners Say They’ll Defy New Restrictions –
Women in Combat:
Panetta says not everyone is going to get to be a combat soldier, "but everyone is entitled to a chance." #womenincombatMatt Millham
Sec. Panetta: It’s clear to all of us that women are contributing in unprecedented ways to the military – live video
President Obama strongly supports Pentagon decision to lift ban on women in front-line combat roles, White House says – @Reuters
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BREAKING Grand Prairie police are working a shooting at TCC SE campus @gppdtx say the officer is fine – don’t know about suspectNBC DFW
2nd man charged in shooting at community college near Houston, Texas; not yet arrested: sheriff’s office – @Reuters
More: Sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that J.J. Abrams is nearing deal to direct next ‘Star Wars’ – @THR
National high reached 81 degrees today in Brownsville, Texas. Meanwhile, the low dropped to -42 F in Embarrass,
18th floor snow view #chicagokittlekins
A Shroud of Cold Air Descends on the U.S.NOAAVisualizations
In Cold Snap, New York City Housing Authority Leaves Tenants Without Heat –
Report: Senate majority, minority leaders Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell reach filibuster reform deal – @HuffingtonPost
Ruiz: The House GOP, Jackie Walorski, & Band-Aids Are Libertarians
Look Who’s Mocking Fascist Fear-Mongering Now – Reason.comIs it really so outrageous to believe the government of the United States is capable of tyranny?
Opinion: Rush Limbaugh was right – Rich LowryThere should have been something for everyone in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address. For liberals, a full-throated c…
UN Investigates Obama Administration’s Targeted Killings – Reason 24/7 : Reason.comThe United Nations announced this morning the official launch of an investigation into targeted killings by the United States and other g…
Massachusetts attorney general, treasurer endorse Rep. Edward Markey for Senate in special election – @BostonDotCom
Report: Lawyer for alleged Manti Te’o hoax mastermind says client impersonated female voice over phone – @nydailynews
Review & Outlook: The RomneyCare Bill Comes Due #tcot #tlot #libertarian Are Libertarians
New strain of norovirus was responsible for most outbreaks of disease in US in recent months, CDC says – @MyHealth_MHND
Can Colorado Cities Re-Ban Marijuana Possession Because They Own the Streets? – Hit & Run : Reason.comGreenwood Village, a Denver suburb that already has pre-emptively banned the marijuana stores that Colorado is supposed to start licensin…
Tom Tancredo Lost a Bet, So Now He Has to Get High – Hit & Run : Reason.comBefore Coloradoans went to the polls in November, former Congress Tom Tancredo made a bet with the maker of a pro-Amendment 64 video that…
Is Anybody Surprised that Krugman Was Wrong about U.K. Fiscal Policy?Just like in the United States, politicians in the United Kingdom use the deceptive practice of "baseline budgeting" as part of fiscal po…
New Orleans NBA team Hornets renamed as Pelicans – @wdsu
Google files application with FCC for wireless spectrum – @washingtonpost
Judge Napolitano Weighs In on the Benghazi Hearings: ‘Does Mrs. Clinton Think We Would Believe That!?’ – Fox News InsiderOn Fox and Friends this morning, Brian Kilmeade sat down with Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano to go over yesterd…
Yemen says regional al-Qaida head is dead, state news agency reports – @Reuters
Standard & Poor’s 500 index trades above 1,500 level for 1st time since December 2007 – @CNBC
Interest rates on fixed US mortgages rise; 30-year home loan rate hits average of 3.42%, Freddie Mac says – @latimes
Reality Check: One question Sec. of State Clinton was not asked about BenghaziFor at least a week, authorities say, 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego had been planning the attack. The New Mexico teen accused of killing hi…
Abortion Bill Forces Rape Victims To Continue Pregnancy As ‘Evidence’A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies …
3 schools in Stafford, Connecticut, on lockdown after bullet found on school bus – @WTIC1080
Ashley Judd, Challenge From Right May Confront McConnell #tlot #tcot #libertarian #indycar Spangle
Indiana SB 2 Requires every person arrested for a felony to submit a DNA sample #tcot #tlot #libertarian Are Libertarians
The Volokh Conspiracy " Glenn Reynolds: "Ham Sandwich Nation: Due Process When Everything is a Crime"Glenn Reynolds has a terrific, and very short, paper on SSRN on Ham Sandwich Nation: Due Process When Everything is a Crime, which I high…
Louisiana Gov. Jindal to call for GOP to ‘recalibrate the compass of conservatism’ in RNC speech – @washingtonpost
Steve Jobs biopic ‘jOBS’ to hit theaters on April 19 – @ABC
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Being ‘Socially Liberal’ Is Not Being a LibertarianJonah Goldberg writes on NRO: My column today is an open letter lambasting the folks who describe themselves as "socially liberal but fis…
Twitter unveils Vine, an app for iPhone and iPod Touch that lets people share short looping videos – @CNET
Our very first Vine.
Is Twitter re-inventing a medium? FWD
More: North Korea threatens to wage a ‘full-fledged confrontation’ against the US for what it calls continued hostility – @AP
Report: North Korea is proceeding with high level nuclear test plans – KCNA news agency via @Reuters
White House says North Korean threats are ‘needlessly provocative’; further test would violate UN resolutions – @Reuters
US envoy warns North Korea against conducting nuclear test – @YonhapNews
Someone tweeted me yesterday (@rupertboneham) that I’ve been used in a North Korean propaganda film. Survivor is… Boneham
Donald Boudreaux and Mark Perry: The Myth of a Stagnant Middle ClassA favorite "progressive" trope is that America’s middle class has stagnated economically since the 1970s. One version of this claim, made…
2 Greek anarchist groups claim responsibility for weekend bomb blast at Athens mall – @Reuters
American who played key role in 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai, India, sentenced to 35 years – @AP
Outgoing IKEA CEO Says Biggest Challenge is Red Tape –
More: Anonymous co-defendant Peter Gibson given 6-month sentence, suspended for 2 years, and Jake Birchall, 18, will be sentenced later – PA
Libertarian Party doubling in size before our eyesMark Wachtler is the owner-Editor of Whiteout Press, a former elected official and veteran of independent & third party politics. His cre…
Wake Up, Socially Liberal Fiscal ConservativesJonah Goldberg writes on NRO: Dear Socially Liberal Fiscal-Conservative Friend,That’s pretty toothy, so I’m going to call you "Bob."But w…
More: 60% of people in Spain under the age of 25 are unemployed, official figures show – @SkyNews
Mark Zuckerberg Will Hold Fundraiser For Chris Christie
Zuck “admires Chris Christie’s leadership on education reform…" He hosts a fundraiser for the Guv next month
10-year-old boy sprayed with aerosol can and set alight by teenagers in park in York, UKBBC Breaking News
UK Ministry of Defence lost 8,000 pieces of equipment, including 115 bayonets, since 2008, records show – @BBCNews
There's No Room for Civil Liberties in Obama's Inauguration View of AmericaObama "offers liberal vision," and calls for "progressive values," the New York Times declares, confirming the left-o…
Cancer-risk drug might have entered food chain through horse meat slaughtered in UK abattoirs, Labour claims – @itvnews
Libertarian enters Governor’s race – | Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva IslanderPALM HARBOR America’s third-largest political party will be fielding a challenge to Governor Rick Scott and presumptive Democrat nominee …
Mob in an Azerbaijani town torches a hotel and several cars in a rampage provoked by a minor vehicle collision – @AP
Weekly US unemployment applications fall to 5-year low of 330,000 – @AP
Magnitude 4.0 earthquake hits 32 miles from South Lake Tahoe, California – USGS
Report: President Obama to nominate Mary Jo White as next head of Securities and Exchange panel – @AP source says
World’s oldest marathon runner, a 101-year-old Sikh man, to quit after 1 final run – @AFP
Austrian police arrest alleged neo-Nazis accused of arson, dealing weapons and drugs, and prostitution – @Reuters
Police in Cairo, Egypt, fire tear gas at protesters trying to pull down wall around parliament, witnesses say – @RT_com
UK Foreign Office urges British nationals to leave Libyan city of Benghazi ‘in response to a specific threat to westerners’ – PA
House raised debt ceiling $400B in exchange for Harry Reid passing a budget w/tax hikes. This isn’t real compromise; it’s more can-kicking.Justin Amash
"You have someone who is a great speaker, but kills little children: our President." —Lupe FiascoBrandon Cullison ®
Rand Paul’s emerging conservative crusadeSen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is quickly establishing himself as the conservative option in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Paul’s sta…
Advance Indiana: Idiot Mayor Says They Won’t Come If We Don’t Build ItEvery time I think Mayor Greg Ballard couldn’t possibly say something more stupid, he opens up his mouth and spews more bile all over him…
200,000 in Florida Didn’t Vote Due to Lines –
Oregon Bill Would Essentially Ban Cigarettes –
Why Republicans Are Keeping the Man Who Led Their 2012 DisasterReince Priebus presided over an electoral drubbing. The party is directionless and adrift. But nobody wants to rock the boat. CHARLOTTE, …
Bibi’s Choice by Justin Raimondo — Antiwar.comThe Israeli elections delivered a blow to the conventional wisdom, always a welcome development: although widely expected to lurch rightw…
University of Virginia’s Wise campus on lockdown for a possible gunman – @nbcwashington
French Court Rules Twitter Must Reveal Authors of Racist Tweets –
Lockdown on #UVA-Wise campus now over. According to Wise County/City of Norton Commonwealth’s Attorney, the report of a gunman was a hoax.NBCWashington
On Benghazi, the Buck Stops with HillaryIn the course of supposedly demonstrating America’s selflessness in the promotion of democracy abroad, the administration compromised the…
Obama Calls for Action to Fight Global WarmingI — president — rats are weighing in on that climate change in his inaugural address yesterday. We will respond of the threat of climat…
Gun Owner Saves Boy from Pit Bull Attack! Wait … Police Say His Actions Could be ‘Criminal’ ?Every single day, Americans use guns to save lives but we do not hear about these incidents on the evening news.
Greece Charges Statisticians Over Size of DeficitAngelo Cavalli | Photodisc | Getty Images Greece has brought criminal charges against the official responsible for measuring the country’…
NYPD Commissioner says department will begin testing a new high-tech device that scans for concealed weaponsThe NYPD’s newest asset in its battle against illegal handguns: a scanner that tests for radiation and can reveal a concealed handgun. Ge…
Denmark rules that both men and women’s haircuts must cost the SAME PRICEDenmark, which like its Nordic neighbours prides itself on promoting equal treatment for men and women, has taken gender equality all the…
How Boehner Tamed His Unruly Caucus and Passed the Debt-Ceiling BillThe speaker warded off national debt default until at least May. But was the cost too great? John Boehner is finally learning how to tame…
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Kerry: ‘Do what we must’ to stop Iran on nukesFrom Yahoo! News: WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. John Kerry, President Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of state, said Thursday that the Unit…
Shopping Around for a Better LifeThanks, California! Thanks for your monstrous spending and absurd regulatory overreach! America needs you. We need Connecticut and Illino…
Liberty 301: Mexican Coke!I’m crazy about Mexican Coca-Cola. Mexican Coke is the real thing! This is because Mexican Coke is made with real sugar. Yum! As far as I…
Inslee encouraged by marijuana talk with Attorney General HolderCorrected version Gov. Jay Inslee said his conversation Tuesday with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder convinced him Washington state sho…
Jan Brewer: America’s Worst Republican Governor | United Liberty | Free Market – Individual Liberty – Limited GovernmentThu, 01/24/2013 – 2:09pm | posted by Jason Pye While I can understand why conservatives have an affinity for her, Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) …
First Lady Karen Pence is having emergency gall bladder surgery. #INGovMary Beth Schneider
Random Fact: Karen Pence taught my wife Samantha in second grade at Acton Elementary. Karen was Sam’s favorite teacher. #INGov #RedinChris Spangle
First Official Photos From "Mad Men" Season Six
Pete Campbell has sideburns!

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