Thursday, March 24, 2011

Home sales slow

Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2011


Obama criticized on Yucca Mountain decision

By James Rosen and Annette Cary, Washington, D.C., bureau and Herald staff writer

WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for Washington and South Carolina on Tuesday accused President Obama of having exceeded his constitutional power in shuttering the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

Washington Assistant Attorney General Andrew Fitz told a federal appellate court that Obama's refusal to pay for continued development of the Nevada radioactive waste disposal site violates the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act.

"He's acting unconstitutionally under the separation of powers doctrine because he doesn't have the authority under the statute," Fitz told a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "He had no authority to reverse it."
In 1987 amendments to the nuclear waste law, Congress designated Yucca as a repository site to dispose of used commercial nuclear power fuel and high-level radioactive defense waste, including Hanford's high-level waste.
The government has spent $10 billion developing the Yucca site, but Obama has stripped money for it from his last two budget proposals to Congress.
Republicans, who have crafted legislation to revive the repository, accuse Obama of making a political gesture to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, whose residents dislike the notion of burying radioactive debris from across the country at the subterranean site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

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New home sales slowest in at least a half-century

AP posted: 6:45 PM 03/23/11
WASHINGTON -Home construction in the United States is all but coming to a halt.
Americans are on track to buy fewer new homes than in any year since the government began keeping data almost a half-century ago. Sales are now just half the pace of 1963 — even though there are 120 million more people in the United States now.
The sliding sales show just how far the housing market has fallen since the bubble burst four years ago. And they're a blow to the economic recovery as it draws strength from other places.
Diminished sales have driven the median price of a new home down to about $202,000, the lowest since 2003. If the sluggish sales continue, analysts say, small homebuilders will fold, meaning less competition as the market improves and higher prices later.

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Jimmy Fallon: Isn't It Kind of Weird That Obama's Playing Soccer and Picking NCAA Brackets While We're Attacking Libya?


Fallon dares to inquire about the sartorial choices of the Emperor.
Brian Williams assures him no, the clothes are quite splendid. He wants to assure Fallon that the "machinery of government" is always working. Odd that we never had such reassurance when Bush was in Waco.
For bonus points, Williams brushes Fallon back with a chin-level pitch, asking if he's not offering up a little "political 'tude."
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'Gadhafi Is Facing a Coalition of the Unwilling'

NATO is split over whether it should take over command of the coalition military operation against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. German commentators warn that the alliance could be playing into the despot's hands with its dithering.

Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states

Updated: Mar 23, 2011 - 16:27PM
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David Crary
NEW YORK -Dozens of bills are advancing through statehouses nationwide that would put an array of new obstacles — legal, financial and psychological — in the paths of women seeking abortions.

The tactics vary: mandatory sonograms and anti-abortion counseling, sweeping limits on insurance coverage, bans on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. To abortion-rights activists, they add up to the biggest political threat since the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 that legalized abortion nationwide.

"It's just this total onslaught," said Elizabeth Nash, who tracks state legislation for the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive-health research organization that supports abortion rights.

What's different this year is not the raw number of anti-abortion bills, but the fact that many of the toughest, most substantive measures have a good chance of passage due to gains by conservative Republicans in last year's legislative and gubernatorial elections. On Tuesday, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law a bill that would impose a longest-in-the-nation waiting period of three days before women could have an abortion — and also require them to undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortions.

Bill Maher Calls Sarah Palin a Female Vulgarism, NOW Stays Mum

By Hollie McKay
March 22, 2011 |
Bill Maher uttered a female vulgarism when referring to former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin on his HBO show Friday night.
“Did you hear this – Sarah Palin finally heard what happened in Japan and she’s demanding that we invade ‘Tsunami,’” Maher said. “I mean she said, ‘These ‘Tsunamians’ will not get away with this.’ Oh speaking of dumb tw**s, did you…”
Maher was offering an imagined Palin response in an apparent attempt at humor, as Palin had made no such statement.

Kliphnote:  Maher and the rest of the low life on the left that
belittle and lie about Palin, get a real job. 
What is this obsession with Palin? She holds no office.
Unlike Obama and Biden. Who cares what Palin does. 
She's not running for anything.
You people look like total fools.
Seek help! OMG

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