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Ken Constantine: Hunters important 22.11.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Dear Editor, Most residents in our area are aware that hunters are an important source of income for area businesses during various hunting seasons. According to an organization that promotes the importance of hunting to Colorado’s economy, Hunting Works For Colorado, the average hunter spends $1,800 per year in Colorado, which supports over 8,400 jobs across our state. But did you know that, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, there are over 364,000 Coloradoans who participate in recreational shooting activities that have an economic impact of over $285 million on our state’s economy? Whether target shooters are spending on firearms, optics, ammunition, fuel or other items, their expenditures contribute to the overall health of our economy and support over 2,500 jobs in Colorado. It is also important to note that when hunters and recreational shooters purchase hunting- and shooting-related items, the funds generated from a special excise tax on these items is utilized to fund wildlife ...
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Open thread for night owls: FAIR critiques Keystone XL media coverage 22.11.2014 Daily Kos
Every week Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting presents a mini-critique of a few stories the media have (or have not) covered. Here is this week's edition: Blast from the Past . At Daily Kos on this date in 2011—Newt Gingrich takes lead in CNN survey: It's been a decent week for Newt Gingrich. Despite getting drilled for being a lobbyist, he's gained a little ground. Mitt Romney is down four points, but he continues to stay near the top of every poll. Herman Cain also had a good week, picking up a little ground, suggesting that at the very least he's stopped the bleeding from his campaign. Everyone else trails Cain by more than the margin of error. Since early September, Newt Gingrich has jumped 17 points while Herman Cain has gained 10 points. The big loser in that span is Rick Perry, who has dropped 21 points. Rounding out the double-digit candidates, Mitt Romney is basically even (down one point). Two-thirds of Republicans say they could change their support, and if past is prologue, they probably ...
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Republicans Can Stop Pretending They Want Immigration Reform (Guest Voice) 22.11.2014 The Moderate Voice

Republicans Can Stop Pretending They Want Immigration Reform By Tina Dupuy Illegal immigrants are the perfect Republican foe. They’re easily exploited as low-cost workers benefiting business and easily maligned for being “lawless” benefiting politicians. They’re a foreign other with a tendency not to speak English so suspicion is ready-made. Plus, how are illegal immigrants going [...]

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California adds 41,500 jobs in October; unemployment rate holds at 7.3% 22.11.2014 LA Times: Business
California employers returned to hiring in October, adding 41,500 nonfarm payroll jobs after making unexpected cuts the previous month, according to official state numbers.
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China, Europe chase growth amid global economic slowdown 22.11.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
BEIJING — China’s central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world’s No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown. The president of the European Central Bank said Friday he was ready to step up stimulus for the 18-country eurozone economy, where growth is meager and unemployment is soaring. [...] Japan’s government this week delayed a tax increase after the country slipped back into recession. Japan’s central bank late last month increased its purchases of government bonds and other assets to try to revive growth. Exports are a smaller source of growth than in other developed nations and many major employers, such as health care and education providers, are largely unaffected by overseas activity. Japan confirmed this week that it has fallen back into recession and will delay a tax increase to help consumer spending.
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House Republicans introduce bill to defund immigration reform even though there's nothing to defund 22.11.2014 Daily Kos
At least they're not poisoning the well. House Republicans aren't giving up on their notion of "defunding" Obama's executive-branch immigration reforms . Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Diane Black (R-Tenn.) have introduced legislation to prohibit funding to implement President Obama's executive action on immigration. Their bill, titled The Separation of Powers Act, would block the use of funds for deferring deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally or providing work permits. [...] "This legislation will allow Congress to exercise its 'check' on an out-of-control White House that treats the Constitution as a mere suggestion, not the law of the land," Poe said. They seem surprisingly undeterred by the apparent problem that there is nothing to defund ; Immigration Services is not appropriated funds via the Congress in the first place, but is self-funded by the fees it charges to applicants. I suppose it is like a preschool child finding a hammer—the hammer is probably not the appropriate tool for ...
Republicans' motives for their frivolous suit against Obama become clear 22.11.2014 Daily Kos
So the point of the lawsuit against President Obama is becoming a little more clear. Remember, the suit isn't asking for any relief, an injunction on the law, a change in the law, or anything. They're just suing because it's something to do. And this: A few years ago, that would be a mailer from an extreme right-wing group. And now ... it is. It's all a big ruse to get email addresses—and probably money—from as many Obama-hating rubes as they ...
Economics Daily Digest: Too-risky deals, phone booth hotspots, unionizing tech's shuttle drivers 21.11.2014 Daily Kos
By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring the Daily Digest. Teachers Union, Advocates Protest and Ask CPS to Act on Costly Borrowing ( Chicago Tribune ) Heather Gillers reports on a rally led by the Chicago Teachers Union, where Roosevelt Institute Fellow Saqib Bhatti urged the mayor to push hard on banks to recoup losses from too-risky deals. A third proposal came from Saqib Bhatti, of the New York City-based Roosevelt Institute, a progressive think tank focused on the economy. Emanuel, he said at the rally, "could use the full economic leverage of the city of Chicago to negotiate a better deal and say 'If you don't give us our money back, we won't do business with you anymore.' " For more on this issue, read Bhatti's new report , "Dirty Deals: How Wall Street’s Predatory Deals Hurt Taxpayers and What We Can Do About It." Follow below the fold for ...
Surveys find that few employers are dropping health benefits 21.11.2014 Daily Kos
Little did this teabagger know he was describing how Obamacare would turn out. Here's another predicted Obamacare horror story that's not come true: employers are not dropping health benefits as many critics predicted they would. A year after the advent of new insurance marketplaces for individuals and small businesses under the health-care law, just 1 percent of employers said they have decided to stop offering health coverage for 2015, one survey said. There was relatively little difference between larger employers and those with fewer than 50 workers, which qualify for new small-business marketplaces, known as SHOPs, that are part of the health-care law. That survey of more than 3,000 employers, conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, also found relatively little tendency for companies to narrow the groups offered coverage. One in 12 employers said they are eliminating coverage for workers’ spouses, while 1 in 76 said they are dropping ...
Walmart asks its workers to donate food to other Walmart workers ... again 21.11.2014 Daily Kos
Walmart pays its workers so little that many of them are forced to rely on government assistance to make ends meet. But while it won't raise wages so that workers can pay their bills and buy food, Walmart is totally concerned and wants to help its employees who are struggling. Once again, it's expressing that concern by holding a canned food drive for its own workers . This time around, it's an Oklahoma Walmart store where bins have been put out with signs asking workers to "succeed by donating to associates in need." Walmart got a lot of bad publicity last year for doing exactly the same thing in an Ohio store, but obviously nothing has changed. Certainly the company hasn't raised wages for its workers, even though multiple analyses have found that Walmart could pay workers as much as $14.89 an hour without raising prices substantially or even necessarily at all. Instead, though, Walmart workers are frequently asked to contribute money and goods they can't afford to help their co-workers who need it ...
Sheriff Joe Arpaio sues president, claiming reforms are 'amnesty' 21.11.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
And America's Worst Sheriff is first out of the gate : [Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio] sued Barack Obama on Thursday soon after the U.S. president imposed sweeping immigration reforms, saying the changes were unconstitutional. [...] "(Obama's immigration) programs are unconstitutional abuses of the President's role in our nation's constitutional architecture and exceed the powers of the President within the U.S. Constitution," read Arpaio's complaint filed in a federal court in Washington. Arpaio, who is very familiar with the insides of courtrooms, says that the reforms are "amnesty" because that is a word he knows. This is bad news for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who wanted to be first to file suit because he wants to be president himself, and for Rep. John Boehner, who has been thinking about adding the word "amnesty" to his own lawsuit against the president, the one that used to be about the president not implementing Obamacare quickly enough for Republican tastes but has since morphed into the canned food ...
Republicans don't hate filibuster reform quite so much anymore 21.11.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Since Senate Democrats passed filibuster reform last year in order to get President Obama's nominees confirmed, Republicans have been on a rampage. Harry Reid ruled the Senate like a tyrant, they complained. He ruined the institution, they said. They retaliated by doing everything in their power to delay action on nominations. Now, though? Now that they've got the Senate majority—but not a filibuster-proof 60 votes—some of them are thinking that the new rules are just fine . Others, however, are still pretending they're better than all that, and must restore the sanctity of the Senate. "Personally, I think we ought to stay right where we are," said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). "My view at the time they did it was, if this rule changes, it's likely never to revert back to where it was," said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). "We'll have to see." "I was opposed, obviously, to the change," said Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas). "I'm going to listen to the arguments on both sides." […] "Tough call. We're going to have that ...
GOP leaders fret, but their problem with Latino voters goes deeper than just Steve King 21.11.2014 Daily Kos
New York Times headline: Some in G.O.P. Fear That Their Hard-Liners Will Alienate Latino Voters Gee, you think? One major quibble with the headline—and the worry itself—is that it's not so much a thing that might happen as a thing that has happened. Sure, Latino (and Asian-American) voters have other reasons to vote for Democrats or against Republicans, but the numbers strongly suggest that alienation has already happened. The question is whether and how much it will intensify. A lot, if Reps. Steve King and Michele Bachmann and their ilk have their way. (And so far they have.) Bachmann decided not to run for re-election this year, so her time is limited to say things like "The social cost will be profound on the U.S. taxpayer—millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign nationals coming into the United States who can’t speak the English language" while she's still a current Republican officeholder. But King will continue to be with us, and it's hard to dismiss him when, as the Times puts it, he is "once a ...
Fox News' Megyn Kelly admits that the right uses 'amnesty' to 'sort of get people upset' 21.11.2014 Daily Kos
Fox News' Megyn Kelly While many congressional Republicans seem not to know what they mean when they say "amnesty" in relation to immigration policy, two rather different sources offered succinct explanations of the fuss over it in recent days. According to President Obama : I know some of the critics of this action call it amnesty. Well, it’s not. Amnesty is the immigration system we have today—millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules, while politicians use the issue to scare people and whip up votes at election time. Fox News' Megyn Kelly kind of agreed: On the November 19 edition of The Kelly File, Kelly acknowledged that the president is not actually pursuing "amnesty," because "amnesty is citizenship and that's not what [Obama] is talking about." Kelly also explained how conservatives purposely misuse the word "amnesty" for political gain: "That's a hot-button term that the right uses to sort of get people upset." Kelly, of course, has used amnesty in ...
John Boehner vows that Congress will stop Obama ... as soon as they get back from vacation 21.11.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
At a Friday morning press conference, Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner denounced President Obama's executive orders on immigration and vowed to do ... something. Said Boehner: We will not stand idle as the president undermines the rule of law in our country and places lives at risk ... we’ll work to protect the Constitution of the United States.” And then, with the rule of law, lives and the Constitution all at risk, Republicans headed out of town for their extended Thanksgiving ...
Republicans scream 'AMNESTY.' Now trying to decide what it means. 21.11.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Amnesty supporter. Republicans don't want to talk much about immigration policy or the substance of what President Obama announced Thursday night. But every now and then, they have to say a little something to describe the reason for their most recent claims that Obama is acting as a dictator. And the word most have settled on is "amnesty." Problem is, Slate's Betsy Woodruff finds, most of the Republicans moaning about amnesty don't really know what they mean when they say it : When I asked Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican, what specific immigration policies he was referring to when he used the term amnesty, he said, “I don’t understand the question.” “Amnesty is a forgiveness by definition,” he said, “and there are many different types of that so I’m not gonna get into trying to define it, what other people might think. If you look in the dictionary, it’s forgiveness, you can take it for that.” [...] Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, said this: “Amnesty to me is totally forgiving or ...
Four months later, House Republicans finally file suit against Obama 21.11.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Looks like the third lawyer might actually be the charm for House Republicans. If you've been keeping track of their big lawsuit against President Obama for his executive action delaying the employer mandate in Obamacare (something Republicans actually wanted to have happen), you know that two previous attorneys dropped the bogus law suit. Since July 30, when the House passed their resolution to sue the president, the suit has languished. But now they've finally managed to file the suit in federal court, just four months late. WASHINGTON, DC -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that the House of Representatives – consistent with the House-passed resolution H.Res. 676 – has filed litigation over President Obama’s unilateral actions on his health care law: "Time after time, the president has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and re-write federal law on his own without a vote of Congress. That's not the way our system of government was designed to work. If this president can ...
Modern Mentorship from Flour Bakery and Café’s Joanne Chang 21.11.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
Joanne Chang, owner of the popular Flour Bakery and Café and Myers + Chang restaurant, got her start in math and ...
Stimulus merits in focus as ECB weighs action 21.11.2014 AP Business
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Japan's return to recession has renewed questions about the effectiveness of its recent monetary stimulus - and how anything similar would help Europe's struggling economy....
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Asian stock markets turn higher as economic news juggled, yen rises after fin min warning 21.11.2014 Star Tribune: World
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