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Liberty Newspost April-2-2012

Liberty Newspost April-2-2012

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Curated News Editionhttp://www.LibertyNewspost.com- 02/04/12
Submitted at 4/2/2012 10:36:57 AM
MOSCOW (AP) – A passengerplane crashed in Siberia shortlyafter taking off Monday morning,killing 31 of the 43 people onboard, Russian emergencyofficials said. The 12 survivorswere hospitalized in seriouscondition.By Marat Gubaydullin, APRussian Emergency ministryrescue workers search the site of the ATR-72 plane crash outsideTyumen, a major regional centerin Siberia, Russia, on Monday.By Marat Gubaydullin, APRussian Emergency ministryrescue workers search the site of the ATR-72 plane crash outsideTyumen, a major regional centerin Siberia, Russia, on Monday.The ATR-72, a French-Italian-made twin-engine turboprop,operated by UTair was flyingfrom Tyumen to the oil town of Surgut with 39 passengers andfour crew.The aircraft went down on asnowy field outside Tyumen, aregional center in Siberia about1,700 kilometers (1,000 miles)east of Moscow. The cause of thecrash was not immediately clear.UTair published a list of thepassengers and crew, and none of them appeared to be foreigners.TheEmergency SituationsMinistrygave the figures for thedead and for survivors.Russia has seen a string of deadlycrashes in recent years. Somehave been blamed on the use of aging Soviet-era aircraft, butindustry experts point to a numberof other problems, including poorcrew training, crumbling airports,lax government controls andwidespread neglect of safety inthe pursuit of profits.Pilot error was blamed for aSeptember crash in Yaroslavl, aRussian city 250 kilometers (150miles) northeast of Moscow, thatkilled 44 people, including aprofessional hockey team.Pilot error and fog also wereruled the main causes of a crash inApril 2010 that killed Poland'spresident and 95 other people astheir plane was trying to land nearSmolensk, in western Russia.The ATR-72 has been involvedin several accidents in past years.Most recently, one went down inbad weather in Cuba in November2010, killing all 68 people onboard. Cuban aviation officialssaid the investigation showedthere was nothing wrong with theaircraft.In August 2009, an ATR-72flown byBangkok Airwaysskidded off the runway andcrashed into a building afterlanding in stormy weather on theThai resort island of Samui,killing the pilot and injuring sevenpeople.Copyright 2012 The AssociatedPress. All rights reserved. Thismaterial may not be published,broadcast, rewritten orredistributed. For moreinformation aboutreprints &permissions, visit our FAQ's. Toreport corrections andclarifications, contact StandardsEditor Brent Jones. Forpublication consideration in thenewspaper, send comments toletters@usatoday.com. Includename, phone number, city andstate for verification. To view ourcorrections, go tocorrections.usatoday.com. USATODAY is now using Facebook Comments on our stories and blogposts to provide an enhanced userexperience. To post a comment,log into Facebook and then "Add"your comment. To report spam orabuse, click the "X" in the upperright corner of the comment box.To find out more, read theFAQandConversation Guidelines.This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readthe FAQ atfivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.FiveFiltersrecommends:Donate toWikileaks.[unable to retrieve full-textcontent][unable to retrieve full-textcontent]
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Submitted at 4/2/2012 7:32:09 AM
By Susan Page, USA TODAYUpdatedMILWAUKEE –PresidentObamahas opened the firstsignificant lead of the 2012campaign in the nation's dozentop battleground states, a USATODAY/Gallup Poll finds,boosted by a huge shift of womento his side.By Jewel Samad, AFP/GettyImages President Obama speaksduring a campaign event at theSouthern Maine CommunityCollege in Portland, Maine, onFriday.By Jewel Samad, AFP/GettyImagesPresident Obama speaks during acampaign event at the SouthernMaine Community College inPortland, Maine, on Friday.In the fifth Swing States surveytaken since last fall, Obama leadsRepublican front-runnerMittRomney51%-42% amongregistered voters just a monthafter the president had trailed himby two percentage points.The biggest change came amongwomen under 50. In mid-February, just under half of thosevoters supported Obama. Nowmore than six in 10 do whileRomney's support among themhas dropped by 14 points, to 30%.The president leads him 2-1 inthis group.Romney's main advantage isamong men 50 and older,swamping Obama 56%-38%.Republicans' traditional strengthamong men "won't be goodenough if we're losing women bynine points or 10 points," saysSara Taylor Fagen, a Republicanstrategist and former politicaladviser toPresident George W.Bush. "The focus oncontraception has not been a goodone for us … and Republicanshave unfairly taken on water onthis issue."IN WISCONSIN:GOP stancesalienate women, Obama teamsaysIn the poll, Romney leads amongall men by a single point, but thepresident leads among women by18. That reflects a greaterdisparity between the views of men and women than the 12-pointgender gap in the 2008 election.Obama campaign managerJimMessinasays Romney's promiseto "end Planned Parenthood" —the former Massachusettsgovernor says he wants toeliminate federal funding for thegroup — and his endorsement of an amendment that would allowemployers to refuse to covercontraception in health care planshave created "severe problems"for him in the general election."Romney's run to the right may bewinning him Tea Party votes,"Messina said in an interview, buthe says it's demonstrated that"American women can't trustRomney to stand up for them."He adds: "It would be hard forthem to win if you have this kindof gender gap."Romney pollster Neil Newhousepredicts the gender gap willnarrow as Romney moves fromthe pitched battle of theGOPprimaries — Wisconsin,Maryland and theDistrict of Columbiavote Tuesday — to afall election focused on economicissues."If there's a gender gap, it goesbeyond Mitt Romney orNewtGingrichorRick Santorumto a partisan gender gap," Newhousesaid in an interview. "It's notRomney-specific. I would arguethat it's broader than that."While women typically are morelikely to identify themselves asDemocrats than men are, thatdifference widens to a chasm inthe USA TODAY poll. By 41%-24%, women call themselvesDemocrats; men by 27%-25% saythey're Republicans.The survey of 933 registeredvoters, taken March 20-26, has amargin of error of +/- 4 points.The swing states surveyed areColorado, Florida, Iowa,Michigan, Nevada,NewHampshire,New Mexico,North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania,Virginia and Wisconsin. For moreinformation aboutreprints &permissions, visit our FAQ's. Toreport corrections andclarifications, contact StandardsEditor Brent Jones. Forpublication consideration in thenewspaper, send comments toletters@usatoday.com. Includename, phone number, city andstate for verification. To view ourcorrections, go tocorrections.usatoday.com. USATODAY is now using Facebook Comments on our stories and blogposts to provide an enhanced userexperience. To post a comment,log into Facebook and then "Add"your comment. To report spam orabuse, click the "X" in the upperright corner of the comment box.To find out more, read theFAQandConversation Guidelines.This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readthe FAQ atfivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.FiveFiltersrecommends:Donate toWikileaks.[unable to retrieve full-textcontent]
Five-time All-Star Reggie Millerand longtime coach Don Nelsonare among a dozen players,coaches and teams that will beinducted into the NaismithMemorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Submitted at 4/2/2012 5:21:00 AM
No sooner had Sen. Rob Portmanwelcomed HUMAN EVENTSintern Terrance Williams and meto his Senate office March 21 thanthe freshman Republican fromOhio walked us into an adjoiningconference room. Looking downat us from a painting on the wallwas Portman’s political hero:Ohio Republican Sen. Robert A.Taft.“This is the ‘Bob Taft’ conferenceroom,” said Portman, proudlytelling us we were in the sameconference room used by therevered conservative senator fromthe Buckeye State (1938-53) whounsuccessfully sought the GOPpresidential nomination threetimes.Aware that young Terrance mightnot be familiar with Taft, Portmanpatiently explained why thesenator and son of a president wasa national leader conservativesadmired in the post-World War IIyears as they later would BarryGoldwater and Ronald Reagan.He spoke of Taft’s commitment toa balanced budget, reduced taxesand the landmark labor reformmeasure that bears his name: theTaft-Hartley Act.Underscoring his admiration forTaft, the 55-year-old Portman’sbrings out a copy of Mr.Republican, James Patterson’sdefinitive biography of Taft. Onthe bookshelf to the right of thesenator’s desk sits 1948, historianDavid Pietrusza’s much-praisednew book on the election in whichTaft made his second bid for theGOP presidential standard.In many ways, Rob Portman islike Robert Taft in his early yearsas a senator: someone colleaguesand Republicans outside Congresslook to for guidance andleadership on key issues. As headof the Office of Management andBudget in George W. Bush’ssecond term, Portman isconsidered one of the premierauthorities on spending andbudget matters in Congress.A graduate of Dartmouth Collegeand the University of MichiganLaw School, the young Portmanserved as a White House stafferunder the elder George Bush. In1992, when then-Republican Rep.Bill Gradison was consideringwhether to run again, Portmanrecalled, “that’s when [Ohio GOPRep. and present House Speaker]John Boehner took me out tolunch and said, ‘Get ready.’ Andthat’s why I’m here today,probably, because he got methinking about running forCongress.”Gradison did run again and winin ’92, but then resigned to take aprivate-sector job. With help fromsome hard-hitting radiocommercials by First LadyBarbara Bush, Portman won thespecial election and held thedistrict until ’05, when George W.Bush tapped him to be U.S. traderepresentative. After that, hebecame Bush’s budget boss.And that led to our obvious firstquestion: Is the country evergoing to get a budget?On the Ryan plan—and whetherwe get a budget at all“It is unbelievable to me that, in atime of record deficits and debt,we’re not even doing a budget,”Portman told us. “The Senate hasnot done a budget now for threeyears. We have no blueprint as tohow we get out of this messbecause the Senate leadershiprefuses to even bring a budget tothe floor for consideration. AndI’m on the Budget Committeeand, frankly, I’m a little boredbecause I’m not doing anything interms of the budget.”The reason Congress is notmoving forward, insistedPortman, “is that the Democraticleadership of the Senate refuses toeven begin the process. TheHouse will pass a budget againthis year I believe. They passedone last year. I voted for it. I’mlikely to support it again this year.Do I agree with everything in it?No, you never do in a budget.They are incrediblycomprehensive documents,because they deal with both therevenue and the spending side.Turning to Terrance, Portmansaid, “I feel strongly that we needto have a responsible answer tothe question that your generationis asking, which is, are we goingto leave you holding the bag. Arewe going to leave you with abudget deficit that is so significantthat you can not have the kind of opportunities that your parentsand grandparents had. Are wegoing to care more about the nextelection or the next generation?That’s what’s at stake here.”With House Budget CommitteeChairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)having unveiled the House budgetplan just days before ourinterview, Portman says, withouthesitation: “I like it. I voted for itlast time. I like the idea of theapproach to Medicare where yougive people a choice. I believepeople will choose the privateplans because I think they’ll offerthem more benefits and moreflexibility and seniors will makean informed choice. So I think that’s the way to go and it also hasthe advantage of putting Medicaremore into a market -based,consumer-oriented or patient-centric system, where privatesector plans are competing fortheir business.”Because he is so closelyidentified with budget andspending issues, Portman’scommitment to socialconservatism is sometimesquestioned. But the senator, whois strongly pro-life, voted aconservative line (lifetimeAmerican Conservative Unionrating: 89 percent) on most issuesduring his years in the U.S.House.“Social issues are veryimportant,” he says, “But, they’renot, in my view, the central issueof the campaign this year. Thecentral issues are going to beissues where Congress and anadministration can make or break our economy. It is creating theclimate for success or the climatefor overregulation, higher taxesand failure.” “I think that’s thecentral challenge of our time:How to get the debt and deficitunder control, and how to createan environment for economicsuccess. T hat’s why we’ve beenon this jobs plan. We had a jobsplan in the campaign. I thenbrought it to Congress. I got all 47[Republican] senators to supportit. It’s a common sense approachsaying, tax reform regulatoryrelief, healthcare cost reduction,energy production. Those are thecentral issues.”Will Portman, like Taft, runnationally after one year?“Romney owes Portman big-time,” was a mantra amongpolitical junkies that made therounds on Twitter March 20, theevening of the Ohio presidentialprimary. In eking out a win overRick Santorum, Mitt Romney hadstrong campaign assistance fromfreshman Sen. Portman and theformer Massachusetts governorperformed exceptionally well inCincinnati—Portman country,where the senator comes from andwhere he was a popularcongressman for a dozen years.Along with helping Romney towin a key primary and his ownimpressive resume, Portman istouted as a vice presidential
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