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Obama targets Fox News at town hall

In his 100th-day town hall meeting in St. Louis Wednesday, President Barack Obama took direct aim at the anti-tax “tea party” demonstrations .

Politico notes that it was a “veiled shot at the Fox News Channel, the cable news network closely associated with the protests.”

“When you see, you know, those of you who are watching certain news channels that on on which I’m not very popular and you see folks waving tea bags around,” the President said. “Let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our healthcare costs down over the long term, how we’re going to stabilize social security.”

Huffington Post’s Sam Stein observes, “The shot across the bow at the Tea Party demonstrators follows prior administration efforts to paint those protests as decidedly non-reality based affairs.”

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Glen Beck fails to debunk FEMA camps

Continuing his assigned role as corporate media siren of the apocalypse, Glenn Beck interrupted a discussion on Russia and Iran last night on Fox & Friends to mention a heretofore no-no for national television — FEMA camps. At two minutes into the video below, Beck declares he attempted to “debunk these FEMAS camps” because he is “tired of hearing about them,” but was unable to do so. “We now for several days have done research on them… I can’t debunk them.” Beck follows this with a declaration that the United States may be headed for totalitarianism.

The existence of FEMA detention camps is a well-documented fact. In January 2006, Haliburton subsidiary KBR announced that it had been awarded a $385 million contract to construct the camps for the Department of Homeland Security. In a press release issued on January 24, 2006, KBR said the “contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) Program facilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs.” Continue reading

DEA to end medical marijuana raids

Holder confirms states to have final say on use of drug for pain control

US Attorney General Eric Holder: Ending Medical Marijuana Raids now US Policy

Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement this week that the Drug Enforcement Administration would end its raids on state-approved marijuana dispensaries. 

Federal raids on medical marijuana distributors continued at least into the second week of Barack Obama’s presidency, when federal agents shut down at least two dispensaries in California on Feb. 3.

Holder was asked about those raids Wednesday in Santa Ana, Calif., at a news conference that was called to announce the arrests of 755 people in a nationwide crackdown on the U.S. operations of Mexican drug cartels. He said such operations would no longer be conducted.

Source: msnbc.msn.com

Court rules Gov. Schwarzenegger to implement furloughs

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger scored a victory Thursday over state Controller John Chiang when a Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled the governor has authority to implement furloughs and that Chiang must adjust pay accordingly.

http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/capitolalertlatest/019062.html

The Democratic controller said last week in a legal filing that he sided with state worker unions and would refuse to implement the governor’s furloughs without a court order.

Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette wrote Thursday that the court would in fact provide that order with its ruling. Chiang’s office was unavailable initially Thursday, but if he abides by his statement, he’ll carry out the furloughs.

School can expel lesbian students, court rules

An appeals panel finds California Lutheran High School in Riverside County is not a business and therefore doesn’t have to comply with a state law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-school28-2009jan28,0,4594347.story?track=rssJanuary 28, 2009
Reporting from San Francisco — After a Lutheran school expelled two 16-year-old girls for having “a bond of intimacy” that was “characteristic of a lesbian relationship,” the girls sued, contending the school had violated a state anti-discrimination law.

In response to that suit, an appeals court decided this week that the private religious school was not a business and therefore did not have to comply with a state law that prohibits businesses from discriminating. A lawyer for the girls said Tuesday that he would ask the California Supreme Court to overturn the unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal.

Obama’s Inauguration to be Costliest in History

Special Report w/ Bret Baier.(1-14-09).

UN chief wants Gaza conflict halt

The UN secretary general has implored Israel and Palestinian militants to halt the fighting in Gaza immediately.

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