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White House War on Women Escalates
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/4/2013 11:21:04 AM     Post Reply
The White House’s Flickr account recently released a photo of President Barack Obama and his top advisers. The complete absence of women in the image is another reminder that females are underrepresented in Obama’s staff. Additionally, the president still pays his female employees significantly less than their male counterparts. The Obama White House in 2011 paid female staffers 18 percent less than their male colleagues:

What some liberals really
think of gun owners
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2013 11:18:33 AM     Post Reply
I don´t think this is a widespread belief on the left - only among the kooky left who never seem to get the attention that kooky conservatives get. Mark Green, former candidate for New York city mayor, equates gun owners with child molesters: Former Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Mark Green appeared on MSNBC´s Hardball on Thursday where he advocated for the strictest of gun ownership laws. He said that there should be a registry where people can go to see if their neighbor is a gun owner, just as "Megan´s Law" allows for individuals to see

Welfare recipients ‘missing’
Boston Herald, by John Zaremba    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2013 10:59:20 AM     Post Reply
Red-faced state officials admitted last night they are trying to find as many as 19,000 missing welfare recipients — after the controversial taxpayer-funded voter registration pitches the state mailed to their addresses last summer were sent back marked “Return to sender, address unknown.” The Department of Transitional Assistance contacted 477,000 welfare recipients who were on their books from June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012, after settling a voter-rights lawsuit brought by Democratic-leaning activist groups that demanded an aggressive voter information effort by the state. That $274,000 push by DTA resulted in 31,000 new voter registrations — but revealed

  


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Granholm Quits Current TV
After Sale to Al-Jazeera
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2013 10:54:40 AM     Post Reply
Jennifer Granholm has been touted as one of Current TV Network´s rising stars, but after the announcement that the cable network was sold to Arab-owned Al-Jazeera, she has announced she´s quitting her TV show. Granholm, a former Democrat Governor of Michigan, announced on her Facebook page that she is not going to pursue another contract with the little seen cable network most famous for having been started by a cabal fronted by former Vice President Al Gore. Granholm gave an explanation of sorts saying, We were told today that Al Jazeera is the buyer for Current TV.

Gay marriage, assault weapons
ban votes delayed in
Illinois Senate
Chicago Tribune, by Ray Long & Rick Pearson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/4/2013 10:50:12 AM     Post Reply
SPRINGFIELD— The Illinois Senate left the State Capitol later today without voting on measures to legalize gay marriage and outlaw assault weapons, leaving the fate of those controversial issues in doubt. A committee advanced the same-sex marriage bill late this afternoon, but the sponsor acknowledged she did not have enough votes to win approval on the Senate floor.Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, dismissed a question on whether she ever had a solid 30 votes lined up to pass the legislation. "Oh, no, no, no," Steans said. "We really did have the votes. We were just missing members today."

Why The Next President
Will Probably Be Black Too
Buzzfeed, by Ben Smith    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 1/4/2013 10:42:30 AM     Post Reply
If there is anything approaching an iron law of American politics, it´s this: The next president will be a member of the same race as the current one. It´s a rule that has held through 42 of 43 transfers of power. And there´s every reason to think it will hold through the next one. The next president will, in all likelihood, be African-American, most likely one of the two African Americans who would make anybody´s list of the top 10 contenders for the Democratic nomination. This is, obviously, the sort of statistical

´I am not your peasant... I will Not be
disarmed:' Marine's scathing letter to
U.S. senator over her proposed ban
on assault weapons
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: sliver of truth- 1/4/2013 10:11:15 AM     Post Reply
A scathing letter written by a Marine veteran blasting a proposed ban on assault weapons has gone viral online. Cpl. Joshua Boston wrote the letter to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, who proposed the bill banning certain firearms and requiring gun owners to register their weapons. ´I am a Marine Corps veteran of eight years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one,´ he writes in the letter.

  


  

An Appeal for Dictatorship
Comes Out of the Closet
at the New York Times
American Thinker, by Daniel Downes    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/4/2013 9:36:14 AM     Post Reply
True to form, the New York Times saw out 2012 by publishing another apology for dictatorship. In his op-ed, Louis Michael Seidman -- Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University - argues that the Constitution should be abandoned. The suggestion is so preposterous that it is tempting to dismiss the article altogether, but to do so would be to miss some very revealing implications. The article is not so much a suggestion of constitutional reform as an open call for dictatorship. Seidman begins by blaming the current governmental crisis, incredibly, on "obedience to the Constitution,"

Barney Begs to Be Senator Frank
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 1/4/2013 9:31:26 AM     Post Reply
Barney Frank admitted this morning on MSNBC that he has asked Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick to pick him to replace John Kerry in the Senate. Frank suggested he wants the seat so that he can fight for an increased debt ceiling in the Senate. He had previously said he had no interest in filling the position, but said the next few months will be "important." The appointment would only be temporary. And he´d step down after a special election to replace Kerry, who has been nominated to be the next secretary of state.

Al Jazeera inherits Current
TV´s distribution woes
Reuters, by Liana B. Baker and Peter Lauria    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/4/2013 9:09:38 AM     Post Reply
Al Jazeera´s announced plans to establish a new U.S. cable news channel via the purchase of Current TV isn´t even 48 hours old and already it finds itself in a vicious battle to retain distribution rights. Al Jazeera´s acquisition of Current TV is basically a pay-for-distribution play. The Qatar-backed network plans to replace Current TV in the more than 40 million homes where it is currently distributed with its own news network, tentatively dubbed Al Jazeera America. The new network´s success is predicated on maintaining, if not increasing, that level of distribution.

Republicans bet on stronger
hand in spending fight
Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/4/2013 8:59:37 AM     Post Reply
During the "fiscal cliff" battle, I asked several Republican lawmakers why they didn´t push harder for spending cuts in exchange for their historic concession to vote for higher taxes. They invariably answered that they were waiting for the fight over raising the debt ceiling. Then, they promised, Republicans would demand serious cuts, especially in entitlement spending, from President Obama. Their thinking was this: The GOP was on the wrong side of the polls in the battle over raising taxes on the highest earners. Surveys showed substantial public support for the president and Democrats

  


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Our clown-around Congress
The Washington Post, by Eugene Robinson    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 1/4/2013 8:57:52 AM     Post Reply
To say that Congress looked like a clown show this week is an insult to self-respecting clowns. Painful though it may be, let’s review what just happened. Our august legislators — aided and abetted by President Obama — manufactured a fake crisis. They then proceeded to handle it so incompetently that they turned it into a real one. The bogus “fiscal cliff” — and please, let’s never, ever use those words again — was designed as a doomsday mechanism to force Congress and the president to make tough decisions. But resistance to the very concept

US economy adds 155K
jobs, rate stays at 7.8 pct.
Associated Press, by Christopher S. Rugaber    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/4/2013 8:56:36 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during tense fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington. The solid job growth wasn´t enough to push down the unemployment rate, which stayed 7.8 percent last month, according to the Labor Department´s report Friday. November´s rate was revised higher from an initially reported 7.7 percent. Stock futures rose modestly after the report was released. Robust hiring in manufacturing and construction fueled

2012 GM Auto Sales Worse
Than Any Bush Year
American Thinker, by Yossi Gestetner    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/4/2013 8:12:17 AM     Post Reply
I know, I know. The bailout worked and all headlines today present GM as having its best year since this and that. But here is raw data that you won´t see in many places: GM sold 2,595, 717 units in the Unites States during 2012; this is an 11% drop of the almost 3,000,000 units GM in 2008. GM U.S. sales in 2012 is lower and worse than any of the eight years Bush was in office. (snip) Total U.S. 2012 Auto Sales (all firms combined) are up 9% from 2008, but GM is down 11% in the same period

The Anniversary that Wasn´t There
American Thinker, by Kevin Jackson and Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/4/2013 8:03:24 AM     Post Reply
A sesquicentennial is a really big deal! A century and a half ago, something happened that affects us today. So why was the abolition of slavery in the United States (if that isn´t a big deal, what is?) worthy of almost no attention when it marked its sesquicentennial on January first, 2013? (snip) President Obama is a media glutton, yet he had no words of praise commemorating this great day. Perhaps he felt that the USPS had done enough, issuing a commemorative postage stamp.

  


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Note to Conservatives:
It’s the Media, Stupid!
Newsbusters, by Matthew Sheffield    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/4/2013 7:57:39 AM     Post Reply
If you are reading this blog post, you are in a minority of your fellow citizens in several ways. Firstly, you actually care about politics. Most Americans do not. Secondly, you care enough about being informed about political issues that you actually are interested in going out of your way to read up on conservative positions. Thirdly, if you are a conservative reading NewsBusters, you are further in the minority because you actually understand that media and culture actually control the political environment. Unfortunately, most conservatives have failed to understand this. And it is the reason

Climate Change May
Increase Volcanic Eruptions
LiveScience, by Tia Ghose    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/4/2013 7:52:46 AM     Post Reply
The rapid rise in sea levels could cause a dramatic increase in volcanic eruptions, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Geology, found that during periods of rapid climate change over the last million years, the rapid melting of continental glaciers and the resulting sea-level rise eventually increased volcanic eruptions as much as fold. "Everybody knows that volcanoes have an impact on climate," said study co-author Marion Jegen, a geophysicist at Geomar in Germany. "What we found was just the opposite." The findings were based only on natural changes in climate, so it´s not clear

Analysis: Geithner´s planned
departure puts Obama in tough spot
Reuters, by Rachelle Younglai    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/4/2013 7:36:12 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner´s plans to leave near the end of January put the White House in a tricky spot, depriving the Obama administration of its longest-serving economic adviser for its next fiscal showdown with Congress. Geithner, who spent his years as Treasury secretary battling the financial crisis and then fighting with Republican lawmakers in 2011 over raising the U.S. debt ceiling, has wanted to leave government service for some time. The Treasury Department said Geithner "has previously stated that he plans to be at Treasury until around" the January 21 inauguration. The department said

Cruz Sworn In As Texas’ First
Hispanic US Senator, Will Introduce
Bill To Repeal ‘Obamacare’
CBS/Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/4/2013 7:28:09 AM     Post Reply
AUSTIN, Texas — Tea party darling Ted Cruz has been sworn in as U.S. senator and says his first order of business will be introducing a bill he knows will never pass. Cruz is a Cuban-American and former state solicitor general. On Thursday, he became the first Hispanic to represent Texas in the Senate. He has pledged that his first bill would seek to repeal “every syllable of every word” of the Obama administration’s health care reform law. Now in office, Cruz said he will keep that promise, even though he knows Senate

Chelsea Clinton Speaks for
Family and Raises Her Profile
ABC News, by Shushannah Walshe    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/4/2013 7:27:19 AM     Post Reply
While Hillary Clinton was in the hospital it was daughter Chelsea -- not the secretary of state or the former president Bill Clinton -- who spoke for the family. She, along with the State Department, doled out what little information the family wanted to share in a series of tweets and when her mother was released from the hospital, it was Chelsea who delivered the thanks on behalf of her parents, tweeting her gratitude to the doctors as well as those who kept her mother in their thoughts while she recovered from a blood clot. When Hillary Clinton leaves office

  



Reagan’s swanky midcentury
house goes on the market
Yahoo! Homes, by Jennifer Karmon    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/4/2013 7:17:04 AM     Post Reply
The odds of you living in the White House are rather slim, especially if your last name isn´t Bush, Clinton or Obama. But that doesn´t mean you can´t live in the home of a former president -- provided you have around $5 million to spare. (Snip) The home was given to Ronald Reagan by General Electric, according to CNN Money. Reagan hosted "The General Electric Theater" anthology TV series in the 1950s, and it was such a success that the good folks at GE gave the Gipper a swanky pad as a way of saying thanks. ABC News reports

Cleric may have booked pre-9/11 flights
for hijackers, FBI documents show
Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/4/2013 6:44:45 AM     Post Reply
The FBI suspected within days of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that the American Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may have purchased tickets for some of the hijackers for air travel in advance of the attacks, according to newly released documents reviewed exclusively by Fox News. The purpose of these flights remains unclear, but the 9/11 Commission report later noted that the hijackers had used flights in the lead-up to the attacks to test security and surveillance. The heavily redacted records – obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of information Act request – suggest the FBI held evidence

Dupe of the Year 2012
American Spectator, by Paul Kengor    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/4/2013 6:16:56 AM     Post Reply
Dupes comprise a long, dubious tradition in American history. Over 200 years ago, George Washington warned the nation about “dupes” in his historic Farewell Address. Such warnings would echo from the founding of the republic through the Cold War. During the Cold War, “dupe,” like the associated word, “useful idiot” — attributed to Vladimir Lenin — became an everyday term. Dupes were legion during the Cold War, a unique breed of (largely) left-leaning Americans who, unwittingly, allowed or enabled themselves to be deceived or misled by communist propagandists. Communists were natural liars, and liberals/progressives were their primary suckers.

Court: Stormwater runoff not a
pollutant, EPA can’t regulate it
Daily Caller, by Michael Bastasch    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 6:14:27 AM     Post Reply
A federal judge ruled Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency exceeded its authority by trying to regulate water as a pollutant and restricting stormwater flow into a Fairfax County creek. “Stormwater runoff is not a pollutant, so EPA is not authorized to regulate it,” said federal judge Liam O’Grady, who sided with the county and Virginia in the ruling. In July, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the Democratic-led Fairfax County Board of Supervisors filed a lawsuit against the EPA. The agency proposed a plan that required the county to control the flow of water

Netanyahu’s Problem: He Can’t Lose
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2013 6:06:48 AM     Post Reply
There’s a lot about this month’s election in Israel that is yet to be decided, as the polls indicating the number of Knesset seats the parties will win have fluctuated from day to day. However, the big question as far as the rest of the world is concerned—the identity of the country’s next prime minister—is the one thing that isn’t in any doubt. Current PM Benjamin Netanyahu is certain to form the next government of Israel with his Likud party having the most seats of any in the Knesset.

The Whole World Will Be
Watching Today´s Jobs Report —
Here´s What You Need To Know
Business Insider, by Matthew Boesler    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/4/2013 5:58:28 AM     Post Reply
Due out this morning at 8:30 AM ET is the December nonfarm payrolls report from the BLS, and the release of the FOMC minutes Thursday afternoon from the Federal Reserve´s latest policy meeting just made it a lot more interesting. The Fed recently announced that it would tie its interest rate policy guidance to a 6.5 percent unemployment rate threshold – meaning unemployment data has taken on special significance for markets. Thursday´s FOMC minutes release revealed, however, that the Fed is already discussing scaling back or ending quantitative easing as soon as later this year,

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