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Costco profit rises 17% on same-store sales

Costco Wholesale Corp. reported its profit rose 17% in the November quarter, driven by strong growth in same-store sales and membership fees.

Costco, which sells groceries and other items in bulk, has been a standout of late among retailers, and it is one of the largest fuel retailers in the U.S. Lower gasoline prices are thought to actually help the company's results because its throughput is so high and it can quickly capture the benefit of falling prices on the gasoline it buys. Meanwhile, cheaper fuel prices also leave consumers with more disposable income to buy goods at its warehouses.

Costco said Wednesday that same-store sales rose 7% in its first quarter ended Nov. 23, excluding negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange. In the U.S., that metric increased 7%.

In all, the company said its profit for the quarter rose to $496 million, or $1.12 a share, from year-earlier earnings of $425 million, or 96 cents a share.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/costco-profit-rises-17-on-same-store-sales-2014-12-10?link=MW_home_latest_news

Democrats who backed the pipeline

A Senate bill aimed at approving the Keystone XL pipeline stalled Tuesday, dealing a blow to Sen. Mary L. Landrieu’s tough re-election bid.

Republican leaders plan to bring the pipeline legislation back up next year, when GOP reinforcements appear certain to bring it over the line and to President Barack Obama’s desk.

The 59-41 vote fell just one vote short of overcoming a filibuster led by Democrats.

In addition to Landrieu, Democrats who backed the pipeline included Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jon Tester of Montana, John Walsh of Montana and Mark Warner of Virginia.

http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/keystone-xl-pipeline-stalls-in-senate-vote/?dcz=

YEAs ---59
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagan (D-NC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kirk (R-IL)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lee (R-UT)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Walsh (D-MT)
Warner (D-VA)
Wicker (R-MS)
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00280

Warren in Minnesota:"The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it"

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) brought her populist message Saturday to this small college town to rev up the final weeks of Sen. Al Franken's reelection campaign, but also to claim the mantle of the modern liberal movement's political godfather.

Speaking before more than 400 people at Carleton College, Warren repeatedly invoked the spirit of the late Paul Wellstone, the fiery liberal senator who died 12 years ago this month in a plane crash during his reelection campaign. Wellstone remains a revered figure in Minnesota politics, and his brand of populism -- out of step in the Clintonian Democratic Party of the 1990s -- is now mainstream among leading liberal activists. Warren has become the most prominent public face of that movement, and the Wellstone disciples in this town 40 miles south of Minneapolis gave their approval Saturday.

"The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it," Warren said to loud cheers.

It's part of a three-state tour of Senate campaigns for Warren, who later Saturday headed to St. Paul for a get-out-the-vote rally on behalf of Franken, Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and other candidates. Franken and Dayton are strong favorites to win reelection next month.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/10/18/warren-in-minnesota-the-game-is-rigged/


Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren also visited Carleton College on Saturday, to raise support for Franken. (Grace Webb/Northfield News)



Franken addressed several topics, including student debt. (Grace Webb/Northfield News)


http://www.southernminn.com/northfield_news/news/local/article_c4b42b9a-155d-5f07-acdc-0bae1e04a6b9.html?mode=story

BREAKING: Kansas Senate Ballots Will Be Sent Out Without Dem Nom

In an apparent reversal, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office is instructing election officials in the state to send out overseas military ballots without Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor or any other Democratic Senate candidate listed.

Kobach spokeswoman Samantha Poetter confirmed to TPM that the ballots would be sent out by Saturday, the deadline under state and federal law.

"Our ballots are going out without Chad Taylor (or any Democratic candidate) for U.S. Senate," Poetter said. "They've been ordered to send them out as soon as possible."

(snip)

"The list does NOT contain the name of a Democratic nominee for United States Senate," the order said. "There are three candidates, Randall Batson, Libertarian, Greg Orman, independent, Pat Roberts, Republican."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/kansas-senate-race-ballots

more at link

Kobach Hasn't Gotten Federal Approval For Latest Kansas Senate Ploy

UPDATE: 4:05 p.m. In an unexpected twist, Kobach's office is ordering election officials to send out overseas military ballots without a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. His office would not say, however, what would happen next if the state Democratic Party eventually nominated a new candidate, as Kobach has said they should.


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/kobach-move-act-waiver-kansas-senate-race

Police threaten to shoot reporter taping Ferguson protest and Chris Hayes threatened (video)

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/17/6029739/video-police-threatens-to-shoot-reporter-taping-ferguson-protests?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=voxdotcom&utm_content=sunday#ooid=5sZ2Nwbzoa54nQHPRIpGI8H5XzPNiRPv

A police officer threatened to shoot a reporter taping a live stream of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. The moment was caught on tape by KARG Argus Radio in St. Louis at Livestream.com:

In the video, a police officer can be heard yelling to a reporter, "Get the fuck out of here or I will shoot you."



Chris Hayes being threatened (video)
Also threatened by police Sunday night was MSNBC's Chris Hayes, who was filming when police told him, "Media do not pass us, you're getting maced next time you pass us."


http://gawker.com/ferguson-police-threaten-to-shoot-reporter-and-mace-chr-1623125660/+gabriellebluestone

Video of the reporter too

This is probably the greatest thing I've seen so far


https://twitter.com/codyives/status/500101466909323265/photo/1


This is probably the greatest thing I've seen so far #NMOS14
https://twitter.com/codyives

ACLU Sues Ferguson Police After Being Denied Teen Shooting Report. Files 2nd suit protect recordings

Source: TPM

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Ferguson, Mo., police department Thursday in an effort to obtain the department's incident report on the shooting of an unarmed African-American teen.


The lawsuit alleged that the ACLU had been denied access to the department's full report on the police shooting of Michael Brown on Saturday. The suit alleged that the denial was a violation of Missouri's Sunshine Law.

The National Associated for the Advancement of Colored People also wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking him "to take immediate action to address the unjustified use of lethal and excessive force by police officers."

Read the ACLU lawsuit below.
ACLU Sunshine Petition in Missouri in Michael Brown case
http://www.scribd.com/doc/236822966/2014-08-14-Sunshine-Petition

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/aclu-sues-ferguson-police-michael-brown-incident-report



We filed our 2nd suit today to protect those recording police actions in #Ferguson #MikeBrown

https://twitter.com/aclu_mo
http://www.aclu-mo.org/files/3414/0804/0291/08-14-14_Videotaping_Complaint.pdf

http://bit.ly/1sZzTWS
https://twitter.com/aclu_mo/status/499991167052677122/photo/1

Ryan J. Reilly on his arrest tonight

Tonight, along with a reporter from The Washington Post, I was arrested while reporting on the protests in Ferguson.

Our apparent crime? Not packing up our gear quickly enough after a heavily armed SWAT team shut down the McDonald's where we were working. A Saint Louis County police officer in full riot gear, who refused to identify himself despite my repeated requests, purposefully banged my head against the window on the way out and sarcastically apologized.

I'm fine. But if this is the way these officers treat a white reporter working on a laptop who moved a little too slowly for their liking, I can't imagine how horribly they treat others.

And if anyone thinks that the militarization of our police force isn't a huge issue in this country, I've got a story to tell you.

(Also thanks to everyone for the well-wishes, sorry I haven't had time to reply individually.)

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=973486019263&id=21202821&set=a.503493942153.2017867.21202821&source=57







Pics: Huge cloud of gas over Ferguson. News crews asked to leave. Fox2Now St.Louis


https://twitter.com/kodacohen/status/499751349630668800/photo/1


Scary stuff - police locking and loading as media walk past with hands raised. Tear gas still coming down


https://twitter.com/sebwalker


News crews asked to leave . FOX2now

https://twitter.com/FOX2now
The official Twitter page for KTVI FOX 2 News St. Louis. Breaking news, #STL stories, video, photo galleries.


https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/499766543186952192/photo/1




Riot police clear a street Thursday night with smoke bombs in Ferguson
https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/499772415162216448/photo/1




Dem Rep. Mocks C-SPAN Caller's Conspiracies: Watch 'Less Fox News' (Jim Himes)

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jim-himes-watch-less-fox-news

(snip)
The congressman began to defend Obama, but instead suggested a different news diet to the caller.

"I will try to attend to defend — actually, I’m not going to," Himes said. "Look, with all due respect, Bob, maybe a little more C-SPAN and a little bit less Fox News. That was the grab bag of everything that Fox News and my friends on the Republican Caucus of the House in particular have tried to hang around the president."

Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) then addressed the Benghazi scandal, telling the caller that conspiracies surrounding the attack pinning it to the President have been proven inaccurate.

"There’s been absolutely zero evidence that the President had any hand in any one of these particular so-called scandals that the Republicans have desperately been trying to promote," he said. “This president has had his weaknesses and his mistakes, but the idea that he is manufacturing out of the White House conspiracy after conspiracy is just a figment of Fox News’ imagination."

video
http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4504529/rep-jim-himes-little-c-span-little-less-fox-news
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