On Thursday's broadcast of Fox News Channel's "Hannity," conservative commentator Pat Buchanan and liberal Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers sparred over whether there was any merit to the Republican effort to defund Obamacare.

Powers opened the debate by defending President Barack Obama and calling out host Sean Hannity for his pleas for the Republicans on Capitol Hill to use the continuing resolution process to defund the 2010 health care reform law.

"I don't think anybody is bowing at feet or kissing any feet," Powers said. "But I think the fact that the president will talk to these other people and can't work with the Republicans actually reflects more badly on the Republicans than on the president because they are the ones who are completely impossible. You are one of the people leading them down a crazy little path of trying to defund Obamacare, which does not have - defunding Obamacare does not have the support of the majority of the country contrary to what Republicans keep on saying. A tiny minority of people want to defund Obamacare. It hasn't even launched yet, Sean. And it's a non-starter and it should be a non-starter."

Following Powers' comments, Buchanan, author of " Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? " and Powers had a tense back-and-forth as to whether or not what those Republicans were doing was anything more than a game.

Partial transcript as follows:

BUCHANAN: Sean look, this Obamacare appears to be the one red line that Obama will go to the wall to defend. But, look, what's going on here? The Republican House is going to pass a continuing resolution for the government and Obamacare is not in it. Obamacare, according to Sen. Max Baucus, a Democrat is a train wreck on the American economy. What Barack Obama is saying is I will shut down this government with my uh veto if you don't send the money for the train wreck with it. Let me ask Harry Reid a question. He said we won't take anything that doesn't have Obamacare. Suppose the House passes a continuing resolution for the Pentagon and sends it to the Senate? Will they block that, too?
HANNITY: Good question. Kirsten?
POWERS: I think the premise, the idea that it's OK for Republicans because the fringe of their party doesn't like Obamacare, that it should be OK for them to defund it and hold up and try to pretend it's the president shutting down the government, when in fact, we know perfectly well who will be shutting down the government. It's the Republicans.
BUCHANAN: Kirsten -
POWERS: It is a game they are playing. I don't understand it.


BUCHANAN: How can you say the Republicans are shutting down the government when they pass a continuing resolution for the entire government, put it on the president's desk and it is lacking one thing - Obamacare. And he vetoes it. Who shuts down the government? Who is guilty of extortion?
HANNITY: Kirsten, answer the question. That's the key question. Answer that.
POWERS: I'm trying to answer it. You're acting like Obamacare is like lacking the funding to water the White House lawn. It's the signature achievement of the president. And look, if they leave Obamacare care in, everything is fine. They can turn it around easily. Why is Ted Cruz going to filibuster if we don't defund Obamacare?
BUCHANAN: Look, let me ask you this - there are components of Obamacare that have universal support, a very wide support, a majority support. There are aspects of it that people don't want. And what the Republicans are saying is we are not going ahead with the train wreck. After you get this continuing resolution let's discuss what parts we keep and what we dump.

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  • Twitter images show flyer that the cops handed out on Saturday
  • Flyer urges people to upgrade for 'added security' to their devices
  • Cops ask people to register devices with their 'Operation Identification Program'
  • The iOS 7 security features include a Find My iPhone Activation Lock that asks for an Apple ID and a password before the feature can be disabled
  • It also promotes fingerprint recognition

PUBLISHED: 19:35 EST, 22 September 2013 | UPDATED: 20:05 EST, 22 September 2013

New York police officers were handing out flyers to people around New York City on Saturday urging them to upgrade their devices to Apple's new iOS7 operating system.

NYPD's Public Awareness Notice promotes the software as giving 'added security to your devices'.

The NYPD notice also urges people to register their devices with their 'Operation Identification Program'.

One of those given a flyer was Michael Hoffman, who posted a picture on his showing the paper from the police that was given to him at his subway stop.

His tweet says: 'Four uniformed NYPD officers were at my subway stop tonight asking me to upgrade to iOS 7. Not a joke!'

The message of the NYPD flyer reads: 'By downloading the new operating system, should your device get lost or stolen, it cannot be reprogrammed without an Apple ID or password.'

The police are referring to the new iOS 7 security features, which include a Find My iPhone Activation Lock that asks for an Apple ID and a password before the feature can be disabled.

If a phone is stolen, the thief can't stop the original owner from being able to locate it. It will also prevent people from deleting data from the handset.

The software also promotes security through fingerprint recognition.

The new iPhone 5s has a built-in fingerprint scanner that reads a users' prints using the home button.

Touch ID replaces an App Store password when buying music, apps or books.

It uses a 'laser cut sapphire crystal' to take a high-res image scan and the Touch ID software in iOS 7 determines whether the print belongs to the owner or not.

Apple reassured users that the feature is secure by explaining 'all fingerprint information is encrypted and stored securely inside the device's chip' adding the prints are not stored on an Apple server, or backed up to iCloud.

According to one comment on 'the NYPD getting the word out about iOS 7 is a GOOD THING for EVERYONE'.

'Less petty theft for the NYPD to be diverting resources to (they have a dedicated iPhone theft task force), less of your iPhones getting stolen. iPhone theft is a VERY well-documented problem in NYC,' said the person using the name, Jaro.

Apple customers worldwide have been able to download the company's latest operating system since September 18.

It is being hailed as a new beginning for the firm.

Everything from email to the calendar, texts, phone keypad, photos and notes look and work differently on the software.

Importantly, traditional icons have been scrapped under the redesign masterminded by Apple's British design chief Sir Jonathan Ive.

Ive introduced iOS 7 as an 'important new direction' when he showcased the software at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco earlier this year.

The operating system has a cleaner look than its predecessors and has been described by Apple's CEO Tim Cook as 'the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone.'

Its launch last week coincides with the release of two new iPhones which went on sale on Friday.

Apple's iPhone 5S is a high-end model that has a fingerprint scanner built into the phone's home button.

It also comes with a 64-bit chip designed to make switching between apps and using the handset and software smoother and faster.

Apple's iOS 7 has been designed to make the iPhone appear bigger.

Its features are deliberately designed to take advantage of the entire screen on iPhones and iPads.

This has been criticised as Apple's attempt to rival phones with larger, five-inch and upward screens including Samsung's Galaxy S4 and the Note 3.

Text on iOS 7 appears sharper, while a Control Centre on the phone allows users to adjust settings with just one swipe from of the screen.


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ALAMEDA (KCBS) - Ridership on AC Transit's two Dumbarton Express bus lines, from Union City to the Peninsula, was up 15% this August, compared to ridership figures from August 2012.

"It's partially due to the fact that we've extended service and we've changed the route and we added more frequency along the lines," explained the transit system's spokesman, Clarence Johnson. "That's really gratifying for us."

The changes were made possible by additional funding from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

"The service itself has been in existence for many decades. And it's been a good service, it's been an essential service for many people on the southern end of Alameda County trying to get to the Peninsula," said Johnson.

"The ridership has jumped about 15%. We were averaging about 25,000 riders a month and now we're up to about 29,000 to 30,000 riders a month."

It remained to be seen whether changes would be made to additional routes.

"We will be looking at that," Johnson confirmed. "This is very good news and it certainly does indicate that you know if you build it they will come kind of thing and so we will take that into consideration."

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Posted: 09/21/2013 03:39:33 PM PDT

Updated: 09/21/2013 03:47:10 PM PDT

How desperate are Jim Harbaugh, Trent Baalke and Jed York for a victory on Sunday and just about any day?

Desperate enough to let aldon Smith suit up against Indianapolis almost no matter what he has done in the days and hours beforehand?

Maybe that's how the 49ers are willing to view themselves now: Smith is a great player, so he plays, because to the 49ers perhaps the only fact that matters about great players is that they are great.

So desperation and coddling prevail, which is typical and at times logical in the NFL and the sports world at large, of course.

But what if the 49ers took a stand, benched Smith, and won the game anyway? Wouldn't that be a statement worth something?


was arrested around 7 a.m. Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession, booked and jailed.

But Smith, last season's team MVP, made it to practice that day and Harbaugh said he expected Smith to play Sunday.

This was not Smith's first off-field incident, only the first one that became publicly known as it happened.

Harbaugh refused to discuss how this situation is different from when Demarcus Dobbs was arrested for suspicion of DUI on a Friday last year and did not travel with the team and was inactive that Sunday in St. Louis.

Harbaugh wasn't asked but surely would've refused to discuss how Smith's situation is different from the 49ers' suspension of running back Brandon Jacobs late last season after Jacobs used social media to criticize the way the team had treated him.

The unspoken explanation: Smith is a much better player than Dobbs and Jacobs, and that's the only explanation the 49ers need.

Is that it? The 49ers are dying for a victory after last Sunday's humbling in Seattle and will do anything to make sure their most dynamic defensive player is in uniform?

Or maybe York, Baalke and Harbaugh can take a step back -- just for one Sunday -- and see things from a wider perspective of logic and fair counsel.

We'll find out about 90 minutes before kickoff on Sunday when Smith is either announced as part the active 46-man roster or not.

Despite Harbaugh's quick assurance on Friday, I don't think the 49ers would have made a final decision on Smith's status only hours after Smith's arrest and release.

And, by the way, I don't think it's an easy decision, either. Smith is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and there could be other factors involved.

This is not meant to be a moralistic screed. It's complicated.

Right here, let me point out that I understand coaches, GMs and players are paid to win games, not lead good-behavior crusades.

Plus, the 49ers know that the NFL will almost certainly hit Smith with a suspension once the process plays out; the 49ers do not want to enforce double-jeopardy on Smith or themselves.

Beyond that, they will end up paying Smith for this game whether he plays or not, and the 49ers want to get every penny of QB-chasing value from Smith.

But if the 49ers can get past the focus on one game, we can examine the larger issues that point to keeping Smith sidelined on Sunday.

  • The moral reason: This is not a court of law. Playing in the NFL is a privilege and a profession for those who have earned it.
  • The practical reasons: If you fail to hold Smith accountable for putting himself in jeopardy, then you're not valuing those who do show leadership and discipline every day.
  • The fair-play reason: How will the other, non-star players react if Smith gets special treatment?
  • The preventive reason: At some point, the 49ers need to make a public stand against Smith's behavior.

    We all will.

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