Daily Archives: November 21, 2014

US to press Turkey over IS role


US to press Turkey over IS role http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30155496

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Top 10 tips for being a cinematographer


Top 10 tips for being a cinematographer http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30128725

Angelina Jordan 8years – What a Difference a Day Make


Angelina Jordan 8years – What a Difference a Day Make

Amazing seven year old sings Gloomy Sunday/Billy Holiday (Angelina Jordan) Eng sub


Amazing seven year old sings Gloomy Sunday/Billy Holiday (Angelina Jordan) Eng sub

Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40


Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30152979

Kerry presses for deal with Iran


Kerry presses for deal with Iran http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30149325

Britain objects to Falklands signs


Britain objects to Falklands signs http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30149799

Chilean colonels jailed for torture


Chilean colonels jailed for torture http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30153086

Brown’s father urges calm in Ferguson


Brown’s father urges calm in Ferguson http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30153108

Biden warns Russia faces ‘isolation’


Biden warns Russia faces ‘isolation’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30141772

Republicans savage immigration plan


Republicans savage immigration plan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30150391

this pressed for your right to know: Republicans quickly criticized Obama’s move on immigration, calling it presidential overreach.— Capital Journal (@WSJPolitics) November 21, 2014


this presssed for your right to know: House Files Litigation Over President’s Unilateral Actions on Health Care Law | Speaker.gov


WASHINGTON, DCHouse 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 get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well. The House has an obligation to stand up for the Constitution, and that is exactly why we are pursuing this course of action.”

NOTE: On July 30, 2014, the House of Representatives passed a resolution authorizing the House of Representatives to initiate litigation to challenge President Obama’s decision to unilaterally change various provisions of the health care law. The suit filed today against the Health & Human Services (HHS) and Treasury Secretaries – a copy of which can be downloaded here – will address two Executive Branch actions:

via House Files Litigation Over President’s Unilateral Actions on Health Care Law | Speaker.gov.

this pressed for your right to know: House Republicans sue Obama administration over health care law— The Truth 24 US (@TheTruth24US) November 21, 2014


this pressed for your right to know: Judicial Watch Email Proves White House And DOJ Colluded With @CBS— Judicial Watch


Other presidents exercised exec. power on immigration policy, but Obama may set precedent.— ProPublica (@ProPublica)


this pressed for your right to know: Obama’s Immigration Action Has Precedents, but May Set a New One – NYTimes.com


Photo In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed the so-called “amnesty” law passed by Congress that granted legal status to three million undocumented immigrants, and then acted on his own the following year to expand it to about 100,000 more. Credit Ron Edmunds/Associated Press

Obama’s Immigration Action Has Precedents, but May Set a New One

Obama’s Immigration Action Has Precedents, but May Set a New One

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVISNOV. 20, 2014

President Obama’s action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and grant them work permits opens a new front in the decades-long debate over the scope of presidential authority.

Although Mr. Obama is not breaking new ground by using executive powers to carve out a quasi-legal status for certain categories of unauthorized immigrants — the Republican Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush all did so — his decision will affect as many as five million immigrants, far more than the actions of those presidents.

Mr. Obama’s action is also a far more extensive reshaping of the nation’s immigration system.

“The magnitude and the formality of it is arguably unprecedented,” said Peter J. Spiro, a Temple University law professor. “It’s fair to say that we have never seen anything quite like this before in terms of the scale.”

via Obama’s Immigration Action Has Precedents, but May Set a New One – NYTimes.com.

this pressed…So that you know: Senate Keystone “Yea” Votes Took In Six Times More Oil & Gas Money Than Opponents | OpenSecrets Blog


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Senate Keystone “Yea” Votes Took In Six Times More Oil & Gas Money Than Opponents

by Sarah Bryner on November 19, 2014

Senate Democrats successfully blocked a bill Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The controversial measure fell one vote shy of overcoming a filibuster, with 59 senators supporting it and 41 opposing. The vote followed the bill’s approval in the House by a much wider margin, with 252 lawmakers voting to advance the pipeline.

The vote largely fell along party lines. All Senate Republicans supported construction of the pipeline but they were joined by 14 Democrats, including three of the four Democrat incumbents who lost their re-election bids earlier this month. For Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), the bill’s main sponsor, the vote was considered an important test of her effectiveness in advance of a Dec. 6 runoff that will determine whether she keeps her seat. In the House, 31 Democrats crossed the aisle to side with the Republican majority.

via Senate Keystone “Yea” Votes Took In Six Times More Oil & Gas Money Than Opponents | OpenSecrets Blog.

this pressed for your right to know: House Republicans sue over #Obamacare— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) November 21, 2014


this pressed for your right to know: House Republicans sue Obama administration over immigration


House Republicans sue Obama administration over immigration

House Republicans have sued the Obama administration over steps President Obama took to put his health law into place.

The lawmakers say the president overstepped his legal authority.

The lawsuit was filed Friday against the departments of Health and Human Services and the Treasury.

Republicans voted earlier this year to sue Obama over his actions to unilaterally waive provisions of the law.

Democrats have said any suit would be a political sideshow and waste of money.

The suit comes hours after Obama said he was acting on his own on immigration — further infuriating Republicans.

via House Republicans sue Obama administration over immigration.

this pressed: This is how former President Jimmy Carter responded to John McCain’s criticism|— msnbc (@msnbc) November 21, 2014


Saint of the Day for Friday, November 21st, 2014: St. Gelasius


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St. Gelasius

St. Gelasius I, Pope (Feast day – November 21) Gelasius was born in Rome, in the fifth century, the son of an African named Valerius. Later, ordained a priest, he was elected Pope on March 1st, … continue reading

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today’s holidady: Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was first celebrated by the Greeks in about the 8th century and was not adopted by the Roman Catholic Church until the later Middle Ages; no one is quite sure when this festival was first introduced. As related in the apocryphal Book of James, it commemorates the presentation of the three-year-old Mary in the Temple to consecrate her to the service of God. More… Discuss

quotation: Such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention— James Madison


Such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.

James Madison (1751-1836) Discuss

today’s birthday: Samuel Cunard (1787)


Samuel Cunard (1787)

Cunard was a Canadian-born British magnate and a giant of Atlantic shipping. When the British government invited bids in 1838 for carrying mail between England and North America, Cunard’s carefully considered plans won him the contract. Within two years, Cunard and his partners had placed four ships in operation, establishing the first regular steamship service between the continents and marking the beginning of the noted Cunard Line. What honor did Queen Victoria bestow upon Cunard in 1859? More… Discuss

Georg Friedrich Händel: Feuerwerksmusik, German Handel Soloists, cond. Holger Speck: great compositions/performances


Georg Friedrich Händel: Feuerwerksmusik (Fireworks music)

this day in the yesteryear: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Opens (1964)


Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Opens (1964)

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City. From the time of its completion until 1981, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world, with a span of 4,260 feet (1,298 m). Designed by engineer Othmar Ammann, a noted authority on bridges, it furnished a critical link in the regional highway system and is widely known today as the starting point for the New York City Marathon. Who was Giovanni da Verrazano, the bridge’s namesake? More… Discuss

Malnutrition a Global Problem


Malnutrition a Global Problem

When we think of malnutrition, we typically think of undernutrition, but in truth the term refers to all types of bad nutrition, including overnutrition. With this definition in mind, a new report finds that malnutrition has become a serious public health issue for every nation in the world, with all but China having already crossed a “malnutrition red line.” Complicating the problem is the fact that about half of the world’s nations are grappling with both undernutrition and overnutrition at the same time. More… Discuss

Fireworks


Fireworks

Fireworks, which are generally believed to have been invented by the Chinese, have been used throughout history to celebrate happy occasions. In 1789, George Washington’s inauguration was accompanied by a display, and today, fireworks help mark Independence Day in the US, Diwali in India, Bastille Day in France, and New Year’s Eve around the world. In 1999, Disney World began launching fireworks with compressed air rather than gunpowder. What are the advantages of this type of launch? More… Discuss

word: huffy


huffy 

Definition: (adjective) Quick to take offense.
Synonyms: touchy
Usage: I tried to give my coworker some advice after the meeting, but she perceived it as criticism, got all huffy, and stormed away. Discuss.

Man’s 71-year-old banknote rejected


Man’s 71-year-old banknote rejected http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30113268

Wheelchair protest blocks car spaces


Wheelchair protest blocks car spaces http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30144669

O’Keeffe work sets female art record


O’Keeffe work sets female art record http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30142581

Iran urged to agree nuclear deal


Iran urged to agree nuclear deal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30149325

Farage predicts more UKIP victories


Farage predicts more UKIP victories http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30140747

Ukraine’s year of chaotic events


Ukraine’s year of chaotic events http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30131108

The day the entire German fleet surrendered


The day the entire German fleet surrendered http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30128199

Embrace the arts, engineers told


Embrace the arts, engineers told http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-30136921

‘Poorest of poor’ test talking tech


‘Poorest of poor’ test talking tech http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30127578

Warnings on ‘complex’ Android virus


Warnings on ‘complex’ Android virus http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30143283

Warnings on ‘complex’ Android virus


Warnings on ‘complex’ Android virus http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30143283

Warnings on ‘complex’ Android virus


Warnings on ‘complex’ Android virus http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30143283

Republicans savage immigration plan


Republicans savage immigration plan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30150391

Biden in Ukraine as tensions rise


Biden in Ukraine as tensions rise http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30141772

Police make computer hijack arrests


Police make computer hijack arrests http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30146176

Israel ‘foils plot to kill minister’


Israel ‘foils plot to kill minister’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30141658

100-year-old sees ocean for first time


100-year-old sees ocean for first time http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30143432

Japanese PM Abe dissolves parliament


Japanese PM Abe dissolves parliament http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30140593

Boko Haram in ‘despicable’ attack


Boko Haram in ‘despicable’ attack http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30139636