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Grayson: Protect vets from foreclosure

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-grayson-seeks-to-protect-veterans-from-foreclosure-20141120-post.html

A law that protects returning veterans from having their homes foreclosed for a year after they leave the service expires at the end of the year and U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, has introduced legislation to make the benefit permanent.

Grayson this week introduced two resolutions, H.R. 5730 and 5731, with variations of the same idea, hoping that one of them would be acceptable on a large enough bipartisan basis to pass by the end of the year and take affect when the old law expires Dec. 31.

Approval would need a suspension of the rules, which would require 2/3s approval. The timetable is fairly tight. The measure would have to be marked up by the House Veterans Affairs Committee at its only remaining meeting in this session, and then be approved on the House floor, sent to the Senate, and approved there before Congress adjourns before Christmas.

Prior to 2009, veterans had a three-month window after they left the military, during which banks could not foreclose on their homes. The idea was to give them time to find civilian jobs and get settled into civilian life. In 2009, during the great recession, that protection was extended to nine months. Last year, it was extended to 12 months, but that law included a sunset clause.

***BOG post****'Devastating' Failures Lead Secret Service to Consider Raising White House Fence

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/devastating-failures-lead-secret-service-raising-white-house/story?id=27029124

The security failures that recently let a man with a small knife in his pocket jump the perimeter fence and make it "practically unencumbered" deep into the White House were "devastating," and now the U.S. Secret Service may make the fence taller, the new head of the agency said today in his first appearance before lawmakers at the helm.

"Without question, the agency has been severely damaged in recent years by failures," dating back to the Cartagena, Colombia, prostitution scandal in 2012, Acting Director Joseph Clancy told a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.

"The range of shortcomings” is “what hits the hardest," he said.

The chairman of the committee, Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said a recently completed internal Department of Homeland Security review of the September intrusion "uncovered a laundry list of errors," from communications systems that didn't work to a canine officer who was on a personal cell phone call -- without his radio earpiece in his ear or his tactical radio -- and realized too late what was happening in front of him.

17 F in North Florida right now ! Wow....

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=30.81325912,-86.29782867&sp=KFLDEFUN1

Winter has definitely arrived several weeks too early ! Stay warm, northern DU'ers and north Florida DU'ers too !

Libertarian Champion Rand Paul Helped Kill NSA Reform Bill

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/18/rand-paul-nsa-reform-bill_n_6182204.html

WASHINGTON -- Rand Paul, a leader of the libertarian wing of the Republican Party, helped kill a bill meant to rein in the National Security Agency. Huh?

The USA Freedom Act, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), received 58 votes on Tuesday night -- two short of cloture, the magic number in the Senate that allows a bill to proceed to an actual roll call.

The 40 Republicans and one Democrat who voted against cloture mostly did so because they thought the bill went too far. Paul also voted against NSA reform -- because, he said, it didn't go far enough.

Paul said he voted against the bill because it would have extended the Patriot Act provision that allows the NSA to search Americans’ phone records. He has consistently opposed the Patriot Act, passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Epic November Arctic Blast Brings Record Cold, 4 Feet of Snow to Buffalo

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2862



A wicked cold blast of January-like Arctic air is smashing records as it pours southwards over the eastern two-thirds of the United States, with temperatures 15 - 35°F below average common on Tuesday morning across much of the country. Freezing temperatures pushed all the south into the Florida Panhandle, where Pensacola hit 28°F. The cold air flowing over the unfrozen waters of the Great Lakes has unleashed an epic lake effect snow storm in the lees of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, where the west-southwesterly winds of the storm have aligned with the long axis of these lakes, allowing the air to pick up large amounts of moisture.

Hardest hit: Buffalo, New York

A Lake Effect Snow Warning is in effect for Buffalo, New York, where areas just south and east of the city had received over three feet of snow by Tuesday morning. As of 10:15 am EST Tuesday, the Buffalo suburb of Lancaster on the city's east side had received an amazing four feet of snow in 24 hours, with snowfall rates of 4" per hour and occasional rumbles of thunder. With the band of heavy lake effect snow responsible not expected to move much through Tuesday night, the NWS is forecasting that Lancaster will receive a total of nearly six feet of snow before the winds shift by Wednesday morning. A state of emergency has been declared in Erie County, New York, which includes Buffalo. All travel except for emergency vehicles is banned, and a 13-mile section of the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90) was closed from the east side of Buffalo southward. To avoid traffic backups, a 37-mile stretch of the Niagara Thruway (I-90) southbound from Niagara Falls to the I-90 interchange was also shut down on Tuesday morning.

Intelligence privacy bill being debated on C-Span right now, in the Senate....

http://www.c-span.org/video/?322766-2/us-senate-keystone-xl-pipeline-debate&live

eta: This bill follows the Keystone vote, hence the url title.

U.S.A. Freedom Act

S.2685

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/19/us/nsa-phone-records.html?_r=0

https://www.aclu.org/support-usa-freedom-act

Early Winter Weather Brings Snow Cover to 50% of U.S

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2861



The winter of 2014 - 2015 is off to an early start over the continental U.S., where snow covered 50% of the nation as of November 17, 2014. This is an unusually high percentage for mid-November; over the past ten years, the percentage of the continental U.S covered by snow on November 17 has ranged from 4% - 20%. Most of this year’s November snow cover is going to stick around this week, as a renewed Arctic blast will keep temperatures 10 - 30°F below average through Friday for most of the nation. Temperatures will not moderate to near average levels until next Sunday. Extremely cold air flowing over the waters of the Great Lakes will create an epic lake effect snow storm today through Wednesday, particularly in the lees of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, where the west-southwesterly winds of the storm will align with the long axis of these lakes, allowing the air to pick up large amounts of moisture from the unfrozen water. A Lake Effect Snow Warning is in effect for Buffalo, New York, where almost two feet of snow is expected to pile up by Wednesday afternoon. Southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph blowing off of Lake Erie are expected late Monday night through Tuesday night, and may create blizzard conditions with visibilities near zero. Blizzard conditions are uncommon in lake effect snow storms, and this week’s storm will likely be one of the worst lake effect snow storms for Buffalo in the past five years. Up to three feet of snow is expected in the lee of Lake Ontario near Watertown, New York. Lesser snow amounts are expected in the lees of the other Great Lakes, where the wind will not be blowing over such long stretches of open water. Up to 18” of snow is expected in the lee of Lake Michigan in northern Lower Michigan near Bellaire, and in the lee of Lake Superior near Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Greybull WY finally warmed up to 7 F

A heat wave, I tell ya ! Seriously, stay warm, Greybullers.

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=44.51638794,-108.08305359

Tornado watches in Louisiana, many winter weather advisories

Winter weather advisories for OR, NV, ID, UT, WY, MT, SD, NE, CO, KS, MO, IA, TX, LA, MS...

AL, GA, FL, SC, NC, IL, MI, OH, PA, NY and MN (whew)

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