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Poll: 81% of DC Residents Approve of Obama's Job Performance

According to a Gallup poll surveying the U.S. States, Obama's job approval ratings are the highest in the District of Columbia and Hawaii with 81% and 61% respectively, approving of the presidents job performance.  Also earning honorable mention is Maryland, neighbor of D.C., weighing in with a 57% approval rating.  Jan 30, 2014 6:46 AM PT

Poll: Ryan, Bush Lead GOP Line Up in 2016

A new ABC/WaPo poll released today shows that Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Jeb Bush, the former two term governor of Florida, are the front runners on the GOP side of the presidential ticket. To quote pollster Gary Langer, the GOP preferences for President look like a "six car pileup." Jan 30, 2014 6:13 AM PT

FAA Stops Beer Drone Delivery

The Lakemaid micro brewery started delivering beer to ice fishers using drones, at least until the FAA shut their operation down.  The FAA is currently reviewing their policies.   Jan 30, 2014 4:58 AM PT

Obama: We Must Move-Off Permanent War-Footing

During tonight's State of the Union, President Obama informed the country that it needs to move off permanent "war-footing." Instead we need to build up our foreign partners but provided no further details about what that might look like.  Jan 28, 2014 7:14 PM PT

Top Seven Celebs at State of the Union

The State of the Union is occasion to make political statements through invited guests almost moreso than it is through the speech itself and various responses. This years guest list doesn't fail to disappoint. Here is a line up of some noteworthy attendees.  Jan 28, 2014 3:51 PM PT

Michelle Obama to Host New GM CEO, Dem Donor Mary Barra at SOTU

In a brash exercise of tone deafness, the White House announced Barra's attendance at the President's annual address to Congress in a blog post yesterday. General Motors, majority owned by the United State Treasury until December 2013 after filing for bankruptcy in 2009, lost almost $11 billion in taxpayer money as the result of mismanagement after receiving a federal bailout spanning two presidential administrations. Jan 28, 2014 1:42 PM PT

Drone Surveillance Footage Sends Man to Jail

A North Dakota farmer was sentenced to three years in prison after he was located by a border sureveillance drone. Rodney Brossart was sentenced to three years in jail after police were able to apprehend him for failing to return three cows that had wandered onto his property.  Three. Cows. On. His. Property. And it wasn't just the drone that was after him.  Jan 28, 2014 4:03 AM PT

RNC Passes Resolution to Restrict NSA Snooping

The RNC has passed a resolution to restrict the National Security Agency's data-mining dragnet.  During the winter meeting of the RNC last week, the committee approved a measure that would form a special committee to “to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying” and to develop recommendations to end “unconstitutional surveillance” and hold officials responsible for the snooping "accountable." Jan 27, 2014 5:37 AM PT

DOJ Claims Fraud Against Firm that Vetted Snowden

United States Invesitgations Services (USIS) is the private firm that vets individuals who are seeking government employment.  According to court filings, the Justice Department has accused the firm of "bilking millions of dollars through improper background checks." USIS is the firm who vetted Edward Snowden; they have had a contract with the U.S. government since 1996 vetting applicants for federal jobs.  Jan 23, 2014 5:25 AM PT

Sherlock Debut Four Times the Size of Girls' Season Premier

PBS' television show "Sherlock" returned for its third season with an American audience of 4 million viewers.  "Sherlock" stars Benedict Cumberbatch as sleuth Sherlock and Martin Freeman as sidekick Dr. Watson. Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis (of Doctor Who fame among others) created the series. If you aren't watching "Sherlock," start.  Jan 21, 2014 11:07 AM PT

House Committee Chairs: Snowden Did Not Act Alone

Yesterday on ABC's "This Week" Rep. Mike McCaul said that Edward Snowden was not acting alone in when he leaked intelligence secrets about NSA surveillance gathering. McCaul is the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.  Jan 20, 2014 4:56 AM PT

Glock Introduces the G42 .380 Auto

Many new products are introduced at the SHOT Show and one I was excited to see was Glock's new single stack .380, the G42.  This new model is the smallest to Glock to date and looks like a scaled down version of the traditional Glock rather than a complete firearm redesign.  Jan 17, 2014 1:48 PM PT

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