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For many presidential inaugurations,
the second time is not the charm
Washington Post, by Monica Hesse    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/16/2013 12:42:59 PM     Post Reply
It’s not like last time, and everywhere you look, someone wants to remind you of that. Hotel rooms are still available (not like laaaast time) and there will be only two official inaugural balls (not like laaaast time) and nobody is going to wait for hours in a cattle-packed tunnel, waving their purple tickets. (Last time! So much fun!)The gargantuan platform affixed to the U.S. Capitol has been growing for weeks, but worriers seem convinced that when Barack Obama steps onto it for his second inauguration, it just won’t feel the same.

NRA planning ‘the fight of
the century’ against Obama
Washington Post, by Sari Horwitz    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/16/2013 12:38:05 PM     Post Reply
The National Rifle Association cast its opposition to Obama’s plans as “the fight of the century” in a letter circulated at the 35th annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference, known in the trade as “the SHOT show,” in Las Vegas. “I warned you this day was coming and now it’s here,” Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s fiery executive vice president, wrote in a fund-raising letter to the group’s 4 million members. “It’s not about protecting your children. It’s not about stopping crime. It’s about banning your guns … PERIOD!”

Obama unveils $500 million
gun violence package
Associated Press, by Erica Werner & Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2013 12:37:31 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Without waiting for Congress, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a sweeping $500 million program to curb gun violence, setting up a fight over universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting. Obama also used his presidential powers to issue 23 orders that don´t require congressional approval. The largely incremental executive steps include requiring federal agencies to make more data available for background checks, appointing a fulltime director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and directing the Centers

  


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Charleston software giant Blackbaud cuts
150 jobs, including about 50 locally
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Brendan Kearney    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/16/2013 12:26:09 PM     Post Reply
Blackbaud Inc. laid off 150 employees today, including about 50 workers at the software company’s Daniel Island headquarters. A company spokeswoman said the job cuts stem from the still-sluggish economy and Blackbaud’s acquisition last year of Convio, a former competitor based in Texas. Convio’s legacy business has not performed as expected. Karoline McLaughlin, the spokeswoman, said the cuts are spread across the company’s offices, but only “a handful” of positions were cut at Convio’s former headquarters in Austin. [Snip] Following the cuts, Blackbaud will have about 2,600 employees. About 1,150 work on Daniel Island.

O’Reilly And Krauthammer Agree:
Obama’s Long-Term Goal Is The
Destruction Of The Republican Party
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 12:23:20 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has had a complicated history working with congressional Republicans, but is part of his agenda the ultimate failure of his political opposition? That was what both Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer contended tonight, with O’Reilly attributing it more to a cultural shift in the United States, while Krauthammer argued Obama’s advantage is more a consequence of winning an election. (Snip) O’Reilly said that Obama is far more interested in scoring political points by damaging the GOP than solving the nation’s problems. Krauthammer argued that has been his modus operandi for the past few years, particularly

Standing Up for Our Future
PJ Media, by Allen West    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/16/2013 12:19:53 PM     Post Reply
Announcing NextGeneration.TV. Today I’m excited to announce that I have joined PJ Media, LLC, as director of its Next Generation programming. I am truly honored to be a member of the PJ Media and PJTV team and to continue to be a voice advocating for principled, pragmatic solutions to the issues affecting our constitutional republic. I enjoyed my time serving as a member of the 112th Congress. However, those who think losing a congressional race defines me and ends my service to my country fail to realize what drives my patriotism and passion for America.

List of executive actions Obama
plans to take as part of anti-
Gun violence plan
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 12:16:02 PM     Post Reply
The following is a list, provided by the White House, of executive actions President Obama plans to take to address gun violence. 1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. 2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system. 3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. 4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited

  


  

Mark Sanford: I’m
Running for Congress
National Review, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/16/2013 12:14:29 PM     Post Reply
Mark Sanford, the three-term congressman and two-term South Carolina governor, is preparing his political comeback, running for the House in the district recently represented by Tim Scott. Sanford garnered national headlines in 2009 as the first governor to turn down President Obama’s stimulus funds — and then made even bigger headlines later in the year when it was revealed that he had departed the state to fly to Argentina to meet with his mistress. A messy divorce followed; a state legislative ad hoc committee voted to censure but not impeach him. He served out the remainder of his term,

Only Israel knows its best
interests: Netanyahu to Obama
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/16/2013 12:03:12 PM     Post Reply
Only the people of Israel can decide who will represent their best interests, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday in remarks directed at US President Barack Obama a week before a general election. "I think everyone knows that the citizens of Israel are the only ones who can decide who will faithfully represent the vital interests of the state," he said. His remarks came in response to an article by prominent Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg in which he quoted Obama as saying repeatedly: "Israel doesn´t know what its own best interests are." Obama, he wrote, appeared to see

Al Qaeda-linked group reportedly
holding 7 Americans among 41
hostages after taking control
of Algerian gas field
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:55:30 AM     Post Reply
Islamist militants from Mali have attacked and taken control of a natural gas field partly owned by BP in southern Algeria, killing two and reportedly taking 41 people hostage, including seven Americans. A group called the Katibat Moulathamine, or the Masked Brigade, called a Mauritanian news outlet to say one of its subsidiaries had carried out the operation on the Ain Amenas gas field, taking 41 hostages from nine or 10 different nationalities. The group´s claim could not be independently substantiated and typically there would be fewer than 20 foreign staff members on site on a typical

Meese: Obama Could Be Impeached
If He Uses Executive Order
For Gun Control
Real Clear Politics, by Ian Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:51:46 AM     Post Reply
In an interview with Newsmax, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III, who served under President Reagan, says President Obama could be impeached by Congress if he enacted gun control through executive order. MEESE: It should be remembered that the president cannot by executive order do things that affects the public at large unless there is some Congressional basis for it. In other words, some Congressional authority he has been given. An executive order without specific Congressional authority can only apply to those portions of the government that are under his control. In their words, the executive branch.

  


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Alleged US spy crucified
in Yemen
Times of Israel, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: RU4us- 1/16/2013 11:39:29 AM     Post Reply
Victim was accused of directing US drones targeting terrorists. An Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Yemen crucified an alleged US spy, and posted a video of the crucifixion on YouTube, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) said on Wednesday.MEMRI posted the clip, but only to subscribers and with a viewer discretion warning. The Washington, DC-based media watchdog said the man had been crucified by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Ansar Al-Shari’a for allegedly directing US drones targeting terrorists in Yemen. It said the YouTube clip was posted on Monday.
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Dems offer bill to
abolish debt limit
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Peter Schroeder    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:37:24 AM     Post Reply
A group of House Democrats are introducing legislation to abolish the debt ceiling, saying uncertainty surrounding the hikes causes unnecessary pain to the economy. The lawmakers — who will unveil the bill Thursday — accuse Republicans of hurting the economy by ransoming a hike in the debt ceiling for steep spending cuts. They argue uncertainty over whether the U.S. will raise the debt ceiling will roil markets and damage confidence in the U.S. economy. The Dem lawmakers behind the bill are Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Hank Johnson (Ga.), Jim Moran (Va.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.), Keith Ellison (Minn.)

Whole Foods CEO says Obama
healthcare law is ´more like fascism´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Elise Viebeck    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:31:33 AM     Post Reply
The CEO of Whole Foods Market said President Obama´s healthcare law is more like "fascism" than "socialism," a parallel he drew in 2009, to some backlash. John Mackey made the remark in an interview Wednesday with NPR. "Technically speaking, it´s more like fascism," Mackey said of the Affordable Care Act. "Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn´t own the means of production, but they do control it, and that´s what´s happening with our healthcare programs and these reforms." The term "fascism" was first used to describe the right-wing regime of Italian

Dad of Reddit co-founder Aaron
Swartz blames government for suicide
New York Post, by Tom Francis and Lia Eustachewich    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/16/2013 11:26:30 AM     Post Reply
Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz’s heartbroken dad yesterday blamed the US government for his son’s suicide in an emotional eulogy at the young man’s funeral. “Aaron did not commit suicide — he was killed by the government. And [the Massachusetts Institute of Technology] betrayed all its basic principles” in helping the feds, said grieving dad Robert Swartz to 200 mourners packing Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Ill. “Aaron did something that wasn’t illegal and was destroyed by it,’’ Robert added. “He could have done so much more.” Aaron, 26, hanged himself Friday in his Brooklyn apartment amid charges

  


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Former Rep. Allen West to
launch Internet television show
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:25:58 AM     Post Reply
Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) announced Tuesday that he will begin hosting an Internet television program for conservative website PJ Media. The Tea Party lawmaker narrowly lost reelection to now-Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) in November. The new show will be called "Next Generation Today" and launch in February. “We’re going to look at the news, the current news, through the lens of young Americans, and we’re going to start to stand up for that next generation,” West told Fox News. West launched multiple legal challenges of the election results in his House race,

Florida GOP Rep. says Obama
impeachment should be ´on the table´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:22:15 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that "all options should be on the table" when asked about the possibility of Republicans initiating impeachment proceedings against President Obama. In an interview with Florida political website The Shark Tank, the freshman lawmaker was asked about the possibility of impeaching the president for executive overreach. Citizens "have completely lost our checks and balances in this country," he said. "The Congress needs to hold the president accountable for the decisions that he’s making right now, and that´s why, again, I would say that all options should be on the table.”

Former Gov. Sanford, former
Sheriff Nash joining 1st District race
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Schuyler Kropf    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/16/2013 11:18:37 AM     Post Reply
Two former and controversial political figures are now in the 1st Congressional District race, though one is a bigger surprise than the other. As expected, two-term Gov. Mark Sanford will formally join the field today by issuing a press statement confirming that he will go after the seat he held for three terms previously, beginning in the 1990s. The move will be his first ballot test among Republicans and other voters since the final months of his term as governor were overshadowed by his affair with an Argentine woman, now his fiancee. Meanwhile, former Dorchester County Sheriff Ray Nash also
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Reid: ´I´ve Shed Tears´ Over
Obama Picture, Laments ´Damage´
Tea Party Has Caused In Congress
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:12:32 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) appeared on a local Reno program with Jim Rogers and former Nevada first lady Dawn Gibbons to talk about Reid´s time spent with President Obama. After several minutes of Reid and Rogers fawning over President Obama´s academic credentials, the Senator lamented how much the Tea Party "has damaged" Congress. Reid then shared that a moving picture signed by President Obama and given to him has brought him to tears more than once.

Citing “Content” Issue, Printer
Refuses to Print Marie Calloway’s
Tyrant Books Debut
Publishers Weekly, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 1/16/2013 11:12:31 AM     Post Reply
Sales of erotic books have surged in the wake of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades success, but does Marie Calloway’s forthcoming Tyrant Books release What Purpose Did I Serve in Your Life cross a line? For printer Sterling Pierce, the answer is apparently yes. Gearing up for a June publication, Tyrant publisher Giancarlo DiTrapano this week received word that the printer has refused to print review copies of the book. In a brief note, which DiTrapano shared online, the printer said that “due to the content, we are going to have to pass on printing this book.”

  



Obama Economy Hits Reuters:
Major Layoffs Announced
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:04:25 AM     Post Reply
It’s not your business model that sucks; it’s you that sucks. -- Andrew Breitbart Just as we saw last week at the New York Times and Time Magazine, the mainstream media´s pro-Obama chickens are finally coming home to roost. The media sold its soul to elect Barack Obama and then re-sold it to re-elect him. This, even though his economic policies have been a stone cold disaster. But now, in a fit of extremely satisfying karma, Reuters has joined the membership of high -profile, left-wing news outlets announcing a series of layoffs. Once source told Talking Biz News,

Krugman: More Government Spending
Would Revive Economy in Two Years
Cybercast News Service, by Fred Lucas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 11:01:04 AM     Post Reply
Paul Krugman, a liberal economist and New York Times columnist, said increased government spending is key to economic recovery. During an interview on Friday on “Moyers & Company,” on PBS, Bill Moyers asked, “And you argue that this could actually be solved in two years?” Krugman, a Nobel prize winner, answered that it was a matter for more government spending. “That´s right, and that´s not a number plucked out of thin air,” Krugman said. “That´s a guess at how long it would take to get a serious spending program going, and we could actually make a

Media will ‘put up pictures of dead
children’ to sway gun-control votes
Daily Caller, by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 10:55:46 AM     Post Reply
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin fears a full-court-press from the media on gun control, according to the leader of a gun-rights group who met with him Tuesday afternoon in his Charleston, W.Va. office. Writing on Facebook, West Virginia Citizens Defense League president Keith Morgan described Manchin’s reaction when he contended that Congress would not renew a federal-level “assault weapons ban” or create new limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines. (Snip) “Senator Manchin told me,” Morgan wrote, “what the media will do if Congress (including the US House of Representatives)

Obama´s alleged criticism of
Netanyahu enlivens Israeli election
Reuters, by Dan Williams    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/16/2013 10:54:14 AM     Post Reply
Jerusalem - Long-strained ties between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama sprang to the fore of Israel´s election campaign on Wednesday after the U.S. president was quoted as criticizing the prime minister´s character. Less than a week before a January 22 ballot that opinion polls predict the right-wing Netanyahu will win easily, Israeli media highlighted a U.S. commentator´s column on Obama and questioned whether the Democratic president was trying to sway the vote. Netanyahu´s office declined comment on Tuesday´s unsourced column by Bloomberg´s Jeffrey Goldberg, which described Obama as frustrated at West Bank settlement building that has deepened Israel´s diplomatic

On Eve of Obama´s Second
Inauguration, Al Qaeda
Opens New Front
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 10:50:44 AM     Post Reply
The killing of Osama bin Laden was touted as the beginning of the end of Al Qaeda (the term "war on terror" having long since been abandoned). Yet as the nation´s capital prepares for President Barack Obama´s second inauguration, Al Qaeda is opening new fronts, including ground assaults on French forces in Mali and, today, the kidnapping of foreign workers at a natural gas facility in Algeria, which borders Mali to the north. French troops are preparing to fight Islamist guerillas in northern Mali, which has been turned into a virtual Al Qaeda state following the

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