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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Elijah Cummings: Obstruction of Justice

The back-and-forth drama on the House Oversight Committee has gotten heated over the past few months. Last month, Elijah Cummings threw a fit when Issa shut down a hearing after retired IRS Director Lois Lerner plead the Fifth Amendment.

Issa fired off a personal letter at Cummings, claiming that he and his attorneys were frustrating the fact-finding mission of the Oversight Committee.

Following revelations that Cummings’ staff was working with the IRS to get information on True the Vote, the same group Cummings tried to shame into silence through the race card, further evidence indeed suggests that Cummings was shaking down and intimidating the group, with the help of the IRS.

According to recent reports, Ranking Oversight Committee member Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) may have been obstructing justice for the past year, preventing the Oversight Committee from investigating the IRS abuses which targeted conservative groups. Released emails reveal that Cummings was working behind the scenes to target True the Vote, despite his protestations to the contrary.

Katherine Englebrecht, the head of True the Vote, filed an ethics complaint againstCummings already. The ranking Congressman sent letters seeking information, but then went public to the press about True the Vote instead of speaking the head of True the Vote for information. Englebrecht argued that Cummings targeted her group for political reasons, as one federal agency after another began investigating the group, carrying with their visits a strong presence of intimidation:

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City To Drain Reservoir After Teen Is Caught On Tape Urinating In It

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Call it the Big Flush 2, and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original.

Portland officials said Wednesday they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water for the second time in less than three years because someone urinated into a city reservoir.

In June 2011, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir at Mount Tabor in southeast Portland. This time, 38 million gallons from a different reservoir at the same location will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act.

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ATF Attempts Bulk Collection of Customer Data From Gun Stores

Agency likely creating a centralized gun registry by fiat

Barely a month after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms raided a California gun parts manufacturer for its customer data, the agency is now trying to force a Maine gun store owner out of business after he rejected an ATF agent’s demand for his customer records last year.

Despite not being charged with any crimes, Phil Chabot, the owner of Pac N Arms in Sanford, Maine, received a “notice of revocation” of his gun dealer license after he prevented ATF investigator Wayne Bettencourt from “scanning a copy of every page” of his customer records, according to Chabot’s attorney Penny Dean, who also added that the ATF has not even scheduled a hearing regarding the revocation.

“If he was really this bad person like ATF says he is, wouldn’t you have a hearing right away to revoke his license?” she said to the Portland Press Herald. “He has disputed every one of their allegations.”

“We say, ‘Show us the evidence.’”

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Nebraska School’s ‘Ludicrous’ Advice for Bullying Victims Sparks Parent Outrage — Read the 9 Rules Here

Fifth grade students at Zeman Elementary School in Lincoln, Neb., were recently sent home with a “flyer” outlining how they should handle bullies. The instructions were apparently deemed so ridiculous by parents that the school district quickly issued an apology and the “inaccurate information” was pulled.

That was after the nine “rules” for dealing with bullies went viral, of course.

Here are some of the more questionable ones:

• Rule #3 Do not be afraid.
• Rule #4: Do not verbally defend yourself.
• Rule #7: Do not tell on bullies.
• Rule #8: Don’t be a sore loser
• Rule #9: Learn to laugh at yourself and not get “hooked” by put-downs.
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The "Housing Recovery" Is Complete: Major US Banks' Mortgage Originations Tumble To Record Low

Not much to add here that we haven't already said before about the state of demand for housing by the ordinary American.

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Unions Want $100M In Federal Money To Aid Detroit Pension Deal

Union leaders in Detroit want $100 million in federal funding earmarked for homeowner assistance to help make up a $3.5 billion shortfall in the retirement system for city workers, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Under the plan being discussed by federal and state officials, Michigan would give Detroit $100 million earmarked for the state from a U.S. Treasury Department fund established in 2010 to provide relief to struggling homeowners in the wake of the housing crisis, according to the report.

Officials familiar with the discussions told The Wall Street Journal that Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr could use the unspent funding earmarked for blight elimination to help reduce pension cuts for city employees.

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GOP writes legislation to deny Eric Holder his salary

A Republican congressman has introduced a bill that would stop government paychecks for officials who have been found in contempt of Congress — a move that seems designed in the short term to go after Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Mr. Holder has refused to cooperate with House Republicans’ probe into the Fast & Furious gun-walking operation, and the House has voted to find him in contempt. Mr. Holder is challenging that vote in court.

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See How Much Money Obama Gave to His Local Church in 2013

President Barack Obama has spoken numerous times in the past about the importance of being his “brother’s keeper,” so exactly how much did the commander in chief donate to charity this year?

According to his and the first lady’s tax returns released by the White House, the Obamas gave 12.3 percent of their gross income to 32 different organizations in 2013, totaling $59,251.00.

Of this overall charitable giving, the Obamas donated $1,500 to St. John’s Church, an Episcopalian church close to the White House.
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Man beaten, another choked to death after road rage incident

HOUSTON - A minor fender-bender Tuesday led to a deadly case of road rage near the Texas Medical Center.

The accident between two pickup trucks occurred around 6 a.m. Tuesday off Highway 288 near Southmore.

Investigators say the drivers of the pickups eventually pulled into the Hermann Park Golf Course parking lot off North MacGregor Way near Alameda Road to exchange information.

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Nearly half of voters think the IRS targeted conservative groups at the request of the White House, and most want Congress to keep investigating the matter, according to a new Fox News poll.

Nearly half of voters think the IRS targeted conservative groups at the request of the White House, and most want Congress to keep investigating the matter, according to a new Fox News poll.

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Electricity Price Surged to All-Time Record for March

The average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity hit a March record of 13.5 cents, according data released yesterday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was up about 5.5 percent from 12.8 cents per KWH in March 2013.

The relative price of electricity in the United States tends to rise in spring, peak in summer, and decline in fall. Last year, after the price of a KWH averaged 12.8 cents in March, it rose to an all-time high of 13.7 cents in June, July, August and September.

If the prevailing trend holds, the average price of a KWH would hit a new record this summer.

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War on the West: Why More Bundy Standoffs Are Coming

The federal government’s over-the-top police action against the Bundy family ranch is an ominous portent of more to come, as rogue agencies and their corporate/NGO partners attempt to “cleanse” the West of ranchers, farmers, miners, loggers, and other determined property owners.

On Saturday, April 12, the federal bureaucrats backed down. Faced with hundreds of men and women on horseback and on foot who were armed with firearms and video cameras — as well as local television broadcast stations and independent media streaming live video and radio feeds across America — the Obama administration called off the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) operation to confiscate hundreds of cattle belonging to Cliven Bundy, the current patriarch of a respected pioneer family that has been ranching in Nevada’s Clark County since the 1800s.

Supporters from all across the United States had converged on the Bunkerville, Nevada, area in support of Bundy, who is the “last rancher standing” in Clark County, due to a decades-long campaign by federal agencies and allied enviro-activists to drive all ranchers off of the range. After a tense standoff, orders came down from above for the surrounded and outnumbered federal agents to “stand down” and turn loose the Bundy cattle that had been corralled.

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Boy Who Says He Nearly Died and Met Jesus in Heaven Responds to His Critics

A young boy’s claim that he visited heaven, interacted with Jesus and met long-deceased family members has both inspired the masses and been dismissed by critics. Regardless of the debate, Colton Burpo, now 14, believes his story is truly transforming lives.

Colton and his parents, Todd and Sonja Burpo, recently visited TheBlaze’s New York City newsroom to speak about their family’s triumphs and struggles, and “Heaven Is for Real,” the feature film about Colton’s story that opens nationwide Wednesday.

It’s been more than 10 years since Colton came perilously close to dying during emergency appendectomy surgery when he was 3 years old. Far from scarring him, he says he can embrace life to the fullest because he’s not afraid of what’s on the other side.
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Judge Napolitano “Fearful” of What’s Coming Next in Bundy Dispute

Involvement of Harry Reid seen as ominous

Judge Andrew Napolitano told Fox News today that he was “fearful” of what might happen next in the Cliven Bundy dispute, noting that Senator Harry Reid’s assertion that the situation is “not over” could be an ominous sign.

“I’m actually a little fearful because although the government appears to have backed down now, their local mouthpiece Senator Harry Reid said it’s not over,” said Napolitano, referring to comments Reid made yesterday.

Napolitano again criticized the federal government’s heavy handed methods in the dispute, choosing to steal Bundy’s property rather than file a lien against him in order to claim the grazing fees they claim he owes.

The judge sees Reid inserting himself into the saga as a troubling indication, suggesting it’s a sign that the feds will “probably will move back in,” with a new “show of force,” but that they will be met by ” a lot of resistance from a lot of patriotic Americans who don’t like the federal government using guns to do what they should be doing with paper and pencil.”

Napolitano also pointed out that Reid’s former advisor Neil Kornze is now director of the Bureau of Land Management and that Reid “obviously has a personal and political relationship” with the dispute.

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BREAKING NEWS FROM OCEAN CITY

Ocean City Fire / EMS are on the scene in Downtown Ocean City where a 38 y/o female has been found dead in her apartment. More to come...

Possible drug overdose. 

Md. Bail Assessment Tool Differs From Other States

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley has said he may issue an executive order creating a pilot program for reforms to criminal bail procedures.

It would be the next chapter in Maryland’s efforts to comply with a Court of Appeals ruling that defendants have a right to legal counsel at every bail hearing. Legislators failed to agree on a solution this past session.

The order would create a pilot program that uses data on each defendant, such as criminal history, to assess the person’s risk of committing more crimes if released from jail.
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Wireless Phone Providers Agree To “Kill Switch” On Cell Phones

A major step to stop violent smart phone thefts. The nation’s biggest wireless companies agree to put a kill switch in every new phone to make it useless if it’s stolen. There have been several recent attacks around Baltimore.

Christie Ileto reports local law enforcement applauds the move.

It’s a push to kill a surging number of cell phone thefts.

“Anything that renders the phone useless will hopefully deter people from stealing the phone anymore because there’s no point to having it if there’s a kill switch,” said Richard Kumapley.

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Explosion Reported At Ridings At Rehoboth

An explosion has been reported at 30845 Park Terrace at the Ridings at Rehoboth, which off Beaver Dam Road in Lewes. The call was received at 2:45 p.m. April 17.

Units from Lewes Fire Department are on the scene. Unconfirmed reports indicate the explosion may involve a fuel delivery.

Some residents are currently not being allowed to return to their homes.
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Dog Found 4-17-14 UPDATE

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Lerner emails plotted prosecuting conservatives

'Department of Justice is now implicated and conflicted in the IRS scandal'

A series of emails from ex-IRS official Lois Lerner, who twice refused to answer questions from Congress about her targeting of conservative groups, reveals she was in contact with Eric Holder’s Department of Justice about prosecuting those organizations, according to the Washington watchdog group Judicial Watch.

“These new emails show that the day before she broke the news of the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner was talking to a top Obama Justice Department official about whether the DOJ could prosecute the very same organizations that the IRS had already improperly targeted,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton Wednesday.

Fitton said the IRS emails show the Department of Justice is now implicated and conflicted in the IRS scandal.

“No wonder we had to sue in federal court to get these documents,” he said.

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Gansler Wants To Eliminate State Prosecutor

Attorney General Doug Gansler, a gubernatorial candidate in the Democratic primary, says Maryland should do away with the state prosecutor's office, an independent unit that investigates public corruption.

Gansler says it has no legal authority that isn't covered by other state and federal attorney offices. He believes the state could save $1.2 million by reassigning its employees to other law enforcement agencies.

The state established the unit within the Attorney General's Office in 1977 to investigate election law violations, bribery, perjury and other offenses by public officials and employees.

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Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy

The U.S. government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern universities has concluded.

The report, "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens" (PDF), used extensive policy data collected between 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the U.S. political system.

After sifting through nearly 1,800 U.S. policies enacted in that period and comparing them to the expressed preferences of average Americans (50th percentile of income), affluent Americans (90th percentile), and large special interests groups, researchers concluded that the U.S. is dominated by its economic elite.

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‘Biggest land grab in the history of the world’

Requested EPA authority over streams would 'freeze' economy

WASHINGTON
– In a move lawmakers and farmers are calling “the biggest land grab in the history of the world,” the Environmental Protection Agency is requesting jurisdiction over all public and private streams in the United States that are “intermittent, seasonal and rain-dependent.”

The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in late March jointly released a proposed rule, Waters of the United States, in an effort to clarify which streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act.

A statement issued by the EPA says “the proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act.”

But some lawmakers strongly disagree.

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Going Postal: USPS Stocks Up On Guns and Ammo: “It Doesn’t Make a Whole Lot of Sense”

Going postal just took on a whole new meaning.

Earlier this year Kit Daniels reported that the U.S. Postal Service is joining other alphabet federal agencies in stocking up on ammunition and firearms. It’s an alarming trend that has swept the nation over the last several years and one that Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Washington-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, calls “highly unusual.”

Conspiracy theories abound over the stockpiling of some two billion rounds of ammunition to date, leaving many wondering what the US government has in store for the American people.

Just last week, in the wake of the most recent Fort Hood shooting, mainstream media issued a report claiming that shooter Ivan Lopez was stockpiling weapons and ammo, when in fact he had purchased a single firearm and perhaps a few hundred rounds for it over a couple of visits to the gun store.

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86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers

Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000.

That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week.

These are the people who built America, and these are the people who can sustain it as a free country. The liberal media have not made them famous like the polar bear, but they are truly a threatened species.

It is not a rancher with a few hundred head of cattle that is attacking their habitat, nor an energy company developing a fossil fuel. It is big government and its primary weapon — an ever-expanding welfare state.

First, let's look at the basic taxonomy of the full-time, year-round American worker.

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IRS Demands Ron Paul’s List of Donors

Ron Paul’s nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service’s demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so.

“There is no legitimate reason for the IRS to know who donates to Campaign for Liberty,” Megan Stiles, the communications director at Campaign for Liberty, told the Washington Examiner in an email on Tuesday. “We believe the First Amendment is on our side as evidenced by cases such as NAACP v. Alabama and International Union UAW v. National Right to Work. Many 501(c)(4) organizations protect the privacy of their donors in the very same way as Campaign for Liberty. For some reason the IRS has now chosen to single out Campaign for Liberty for special attention. We plan to fight this all the way.”

Ron Paul suggested that the group will refuse to pay the IRS fine in an fundraising email to supporters about the agency’s request for information.

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VOTE Yourself A Raise!


                                
We all know the necessity of paying taxes. But the only necessity for the 40 new taxes and fees imposed by the O'Malley-Brown administration over the past 7 years was to perpetuate the fiscally insane, tax and spend culture of state government.

     Did our state budget really have to increase a billion dollars in each of those years? Did we really have to impose taxes on everything from gas to rain? Instead of all those new taxes, would it not have been better to control the obscene growth of the state bureaucracy?

      We know there is a better way and with your help we can change that culture forever. Recently, we proposed a common-sense plan to put Maryland on a glide path to gradually eliminating the state's personal income tax.

    In the coming days, we will be airing a TV commercial highlighting our plan to cut and eliminate taxes. You can view it here.

     The eventual result would be an actual PAY RAISE for taxpayers: $1500 for those filing jointly and $750 for singles.
     This tax plan would help stop the thousands of Marylanders who are fleeing to tax-friendlier states every year for one simple reason, they cannot afford to live here.

       In fact, over the last eight years this exodus has cost the state over $8 billion in lost revenue.

      The truth is I am the only candidate for governor with a plan to eliminate the state income tax. I also have plans to do away with a lot of other unnecessary and unfair taxes, like eliminating state taxes on the pensions of anyone who served the public in uniform.

       As Harford County Executive, I cut taxes without affecting services and still managed to build schools, create jobs and preserve open spaces. So it can be done, and it will be done as your next governor.
         Remember, on June 24th to vote yourself a pay raise and a tax cut! With your help we can turn Maryland around and make the future brighter.
                                                                 David and Jeannie
                             
By Authority: Craig-Haddaway for Maryland, Franklin Hajek, CPA., Treasurer 

Ron Paul group to defy IRS

Ron Paul's nonprofit Campaign for Liberty will fight the Internal Revenue Service's demand that it reveal its donor list to the agency, despite having already been fined for refusing to do so.

"There is no legitimate reason for the IRS to know who donates to Campaign for Liberty," Megan Stiles, the communications director at Campaign for Liberty, told the Washington Examiner in an email on Tuesday. "We believe the First Amendment is on our side as evidenced by cases such as NAACP v. Alabama and International Union UAW v. National Right to Work. Many 501(c)(4) organizations protect the privacy of their donors in the very same way as Campaign for Liberty. For some reason the IRS has now chosen to single out Campaign for Liberty for special attention. We plan to fight this all the way."

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Housing Market Shows 'Signs of Softening'

The housing market is slowing down after torrid gains through much of last year, says Nobel laureate economist Robert Shiller of Yale University.

Indeed, the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index for 20 cities (named after him) rose 13.2 percent in the year through January, That's the smallest gain since August, and it's down from 13.4 percent in the year through December.

Meanwhile, investors such as Blackstone have been curtailing their purchases of houses. Originally these investors were likely attracted by the upward momentum in the housing market since spring 2012 — momentum that was much stronger than in the stock market, Shiller tells CNBC.

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Missing Child In Salisbury 4-17-14



Missing Child-Kolby Elijah Fluitt 13 yoa black male, 4’11, 80 lbs, blue pullover sweatshirt “Puma” neon green, blue jeans, blue shoes/green soles gray/green bookbag. no suspicious circumstances.last seen 613 E Church St 4-16-14 at 9:37am


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Dems play politics with bogus 77-cent differential in male-female pay

An economist serving on a second-term president's Council of Economic Advisers might expect to weigh in on fundamental issues, restructuring the tax system or making entitlement programs sustainable over the long term. Barack Obama once talked of addressing such issues, and Republican leaders like House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp are doing so.

But that’s not what University of Michigan economist and CEA member Betsey Stevenson finds herself doing. Instead, she is defending the use of misleading statistics in support of legislation addressing a minor problem.

The legislation is Obama's latest pay equity measure, which failed to pass a test vote in the Senate last week. The misleading statistic is 77 cents, cited repeatedly by Obama as the amount women earn for every dollar earned by men.

When challenged on this by MSNBC's Irin Carmon, Stevenson admitted that the 77 cents figure is misleading. “If I said that 77 cents was equal pay for equal work, then I completely misspoke,” she admitted.

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Beau Biden Won't Seek Reelection, Eyes 2016 Run For Governor

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden's eldest son, Beau Biden, says he won't seek re-election as Delaware attorney general this year but plans to run for governor in 2016.

Biden, who underwent surgery at a Texas cancer center last year, announced his intentions in a statement issued Thursday.

The 45-year-old Biden had said previously that he would seek a third term as attorney general.

Biden, who suffered a mild stroke in 2010, was hospitalized last August after becoming weak and disoriented during an Indiana vacation.
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Largo Company At Helm Of Search For Missing Malaysian Plane

WASHINGTON - A local company and its submarine are scouring the floor of the Indian Ocean for signs of the missing Malaysian plane.

Largo-based Phoenix International sent nine staff members and its Bluefin 21 autonomous underwater vehicle to Australia to help search for the black boxes from Malaysia Airlines 370, says Pete LeHardy with Phoenix.

The Bluefin made its second dive Wednesday in an area where pings from the boxes were heard before their batteries died. The sub is scanning the seafloor with sonar to map a potential debris field.

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City of Salisbury FY15 Proposed Budget

The Mayor’s FY15 Proposed Budget is prepared and available for review on the City of Salisbury website under “Information Center” (see the following link).

http://www.ci.salisbury.md.us/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/FY15-Proposed-Budget.pdf

This Is How Free Americans Really Are

Among all the great stories and conversations passed down from the ages, probably my favorite is one from the ancient historian Lucius Cassius Dio about Roman emperor Caracalla.

Caracalla ruled in the second century AD, and he was notorious for bankrupting the Roman treasury and waging costly, unnecessary wars.

Dio tells us that Caracalla made “one excuse after another and one war after another; but he made it his business to strip, despoil, and grind down all the rest of mankind.”

Under Caracalla, Rome was broke. And Dio recounts a story between the emperor and his mother Julia:

Julia to the emperor: “There is no longer any source of revenue, either just or unjust, left to us.”

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Can you find the sniper?

McCaughey: 'A Million or More' Obamacare Subscribers Will Default

(CNSNews.com) - A leading Obamacare critic sees trouble ahead for people who signed up for health insurance on the new government exchanges.

First, even the insurance companies that issue the plans are worried about "public pushback" from rising insurance premiums, Betsey McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor of New York and author of the book "Beating Obamacare," told Fox News's Neil Cavuto on Monday.

"That's only part of the bad news," she said. "You're also going to see a million people or more default. In other words, they have paid their first premium, but when they discover what it really means to have a $3,000 or $5,000 deductible on their plan, they go to their doctor again and again and have to pay full freight, even though they're paying a premium, they're going to stop paying their premium.

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Gubernatorial Candidates Divided On How To Adjust Or Cut State Taxes

ANNAPOLIS – With the Maryland gubernatorial election approaching at the end of the year, the seven major candidates are taking a stance on one of the state’s hot-button issues: taxes.
 

In response to a Capital News Service questionnaire, the gubernatorial hopefuls expressed their thoughts on the state’s current estate tax and personal and corporate income tax policies, and proposed their tentative plans of action.

The four Republican candidates — Anne Arundel County real estate broker Larry Hogan, Charles County businessman Charles Lollar, Harford County Executive David Craig and Anne Arundel Delegate Ron George — all stated that they wanted to lower the income tax levels across the board.

“Our current personal income tax rates are absurdly high and hurt not only individuals but small businesses as well,” George said.
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Stevenson, Salisbury can't look ahead to Saturday's men's lacrosse showdown

No. 2 Mustangs and No. 3 Sea Gulls have conference games on Wednesday that should capture their focus

Saturday’s matchup between No. 2 Stevenson and No. 3 Salisbury will almost certainly draw national attention and looms as a pivotal game for both teams as they jockey for position for the top seed in the South Region when the NCAA tournament opens May 7.

The reigning Division III national champion Mustangs (12-1 overall and 5-0 in the Commonwealth Conference) welcome Widener (7-4, 5-0) to Owings Mills on Wednesday night for a key league battle that could determine the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

The Sea Gulls (14-1, 5-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference) will visit league foe Marymount (8-5, 1-4) on Wednesday afternoon as they try to remain a half-game ahead of No. 16 York (12-3, 4-1) for the regular-season title and top seed in the conference tournament.

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Washington Monument Reopens To The Public In May

You can start to plan your trip to visit the inside of the Washington Monument.

The monument will reopen May 12 nearly three years after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake damaged it. The National Park Service is now accepting ticket reservations.

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Western Washington University wants to be less "white"

Record Players For Cars Seemed Like A Good Idea In 1956

The history of consumer goods is littered with brilliant ideas that weren’t quite ready for public consumption yet. In the ’50s, if you wanted to listen to some music in your vehicle, your choices were listening to the radio or forcing your family members to sing. Until the invention of the Highway Hi-Fi in-car record player changed all that. Or could have, if it had caught on with the public.

You know, records: those large, flat vinyl discs susceptible to scratches and prone to skipping that people used for playing music for much of the 20th century. In a world without consumer magnetic tape players, how else were you going to transport music into vehicles? Multiple companies thought that turntables for the car were fantastic and commercially viable ideas. They were not. Consumer Reports unearthed this bit of semi-forgotten tune-blasting history from the late ’50s and early ’60s.

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Detroit Selling Foreclosed Homes For $1,000 In City’s Latest Attempt To Rebuild

Neighborhoods in Detroit are in for some extreme, and much needed, renovations. In an effort to rehabilitate neighborhoods and get occupants into previously foreclosed properties, the city is auctioning off properties for as little as $1,000 starting next month.

The city of Detroit launched BuidlingDetroit.org Monday to auction off 15 city-owned foreclosed homes in an attempt to fight blight and boost neighborhood home values, CNN Money reports.

Beginning on May 5, one property will be auctioned to Michigan residents each day with a starting bid of $1,000.

“We are moving aggressively to take these abandoned homes and get families living in them again,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan tells CNNMoney. “Knowing that other people are going to be buying and fixing up the other vacant homes at the same time will make it a lot easier for them to make that commitment.”

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31 Ways to Enjoy National Grilled Cheese Month

Could the grilled cheese be the perfect sandwich? Well, what's not to like? Gooey, melty cheese, flanked on either side by buttery, perfectly toasted bread (we like sourdough); oof, we grew up on this stuff. April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and we'll be honoring it in more ways than one. Here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoyed this happy hand-held.

Keeping It Classic

Everyone has their owns idea about how to make the PERFECT grilled cheese sandwich. Butter, or margarine? White, wheat, or sourdough? That's your call, but try one of our experts' go-to recipes to get started.
The Best Grilled Cheese Ever
Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich
How to Make a Perfect Panini or Grilled Cheese
How to Make a Vegan Grilled Cheese

Choose Your Cheese

The most important part of a grilled cheese is (no surprises here)the cheese of choice. While American and cheddar reign supreme, we also love 'em with Brie, mozzarella, or just about anything that is creamy, salty, and melty.
The Basics of Cheddar
The Best Cheeses for Sandwiches
Brie Vs. Camembert
The Scoop on Lactose-Free Cheese
Grilled Cheese with Mozzarella and Garlicky Chard
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Gourmet Grilled's

Remix this classic sando by adding gourmet ingredients, from high-quality cheeses to herbs to our old pal bacon. Our favorite add-on?Avocado, duh.
Slightly Gourmet Grilled Cheese
Classic Croque Monsieur
Baked Pesto Grilled Cheese
Vegan Grilled Cheese with Bacon
10 Amazing Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
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The Perfect Accessory

Now that you've made the perfect grilled cheese, think about a worthy accompaniment. Its obvious BFF is tomato-basil soup, but we also love a side of pickles, coleslaw, or chutney.
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Despite Everything, Tiger Will Always Be No. 1

Most famously, Babe Ruth has been credited with saving baseball after the Black Sox scandal. Riding on the wave of the women's movement, Billie Jean King more or less created women's professional tennis. And Muhammad Ali kept boxing alive for its last hurrah.

But really, especially over a sustained period of time, has any one athlete ever mattered so much to a sport as Tiger Woods to men's golf?

Anyone? Ever?

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Someone Has Some Explaining To Do

Documents discovered by Nashville's News Channel 5 investigative reporter Phil Williams apparently show that millions of dollars in tax incentives were used as leverage to keep Volkswagen workers from joining a union. And, United Auto workers' Gary Casteel said that the documents show that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's administration took part in coordinating the anti-union campaign. Of course, the governor has denied this, but these documents are said to be damning. 

News Channel 5 also says that they have emails showing that Senator Bob Corker's chief of staff worked with anti-union organizations to influence the outcome of that vote. 

Even before these discoveries, the United Auto Workers had asked the National Labor Relations Board to overturn the outcome of that election. This new information has only strengthened their argument that politicians actively worked to negatively impact that vote. 

No one should get away with conspiring against workers, and hopefully the NLRB will agree that these politicians don't have the right to block the Volkswagen union.

TRAFFIC ALERT

Annual Bridge Inspection Will Require Daytime Lane and Shoulder Closures on Route 1 Approaching the Charles W. Cullen Bridge/Indian River Inlet

South Bethany
-- WHEN: 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
April 16 through May 9

WHERE: Route 1 northbound and southbound (Charles W. Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet) from Inlet Road to Turn Point Road

WHAT: DelDOT's contractor, Transystems, bridge engineer firm will be inspecting the bridge. The bridge inspectors will be rappelling from cables to inspect the bridge.

Additionally, right lane and shoulder closures will occur on Route 1 southbound beginning on Monday, April 28 and ending on Friday, May 9.

There will also be intermittent northbound sidewalk closures from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, April 21 through Thursday, April 24; and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, April 25. Personnel will inform pedestrians to safely cross the work zone.

Motorists should use caution in this area for bridge inspectors and the shifting of traffic.

No lane or shoulder closures will occur on Friday, April 18; Saturday, April 19; and Sunday, April 20.

U.S. Food Prices up 19% in 2014

(NaturalNews) Despite proclamations that the "economy is improving" and that "unemployment is down," one thing is evident and that is - for a number of reasons - food costs are soaring, and as they do, those most vulnerable, like the poor, the elderly and those earning the lowest wages, are being hurt the most.

"We are sure the weather is to blame but what happens when pent-up demand (from a frosty east coast emerging from its hibernation) bumps up against a drought-stricken west coast unable to plant to meet that demand? The spot price (not futures speculation-driven) of US Foodstuffs is the best performing asset in 2014 - up a staggering 19 percent," notes Tyler Durden over at Zero Hedge.

In February, the site gave voice to a sort of prelude to the aforementioned scenario, in publishing a post by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog:

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