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Obama´s No. 1 Second-Term
Goal—Win Back The House
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/18/2013 9:44:29 PM     Post Reply
On the night President Obama won re-election, he employed the same soaring rhetoric about a unified America that first won him national attention and that he´s sure to trot out in his second inaugural speech on Monday. He talked that night about how "despite our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America´s future," and how he was "looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together." He promised that "we are not as divided as our politics suggests," and "not as cynical as the pundits believe."

J.J. Abrams to produce
Lance Armstrong biopic
Associated Press, by Christy Lemire    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/18/2013 9:37:02 PM     Post Reply
He´s already gotten the Oprah treatment. Now Lance Armstrong is headed for the silver screen. Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams´ production company, Bad Robot, are planning a biopic about the disgraced cyclist, a studio spokeswoman said Friday. They´ve secured the rights to New York Times reporter Juliet Macur´s upcoming book "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong," due out in June. Macur covered the seven-time Tour de France winner for over a decade. No director, writer, star or start date have been set. Armstrong is in the midst of a two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey

White House staff: Our petition
website sure is dumb, huh?
Daily Caller, by Will Rahn    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/18/2013 9:25:43 PM     Post Reply
White House staffers have now reportedly come around to the fact that their petition website is just one big, dumb waste of time. The “We The People” website, which allows everyday Americans to pester the Obama administration with nonsensical petitions calling for secession or the construction of a Star Wars-inspired orbital death cannon, now requires petitions to carry at least 100,000 signatures before they receive an official White House response. Previously, petitions only required 25,000 signatures — a threshold met by aforementioned Death Star idea, which the White House batted away with a tongue-in-cheek response.



Backfire: Obama Approval
Plummets During Gun Push
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/18/2013 9:17:09 PM     Post Reply
Just a week before the New Year, Obama enjoyed his highest approval ratings of 2012. According to Gallup, 58% of Americans approved of the job Obama was doing. Survey results released today by Gallup, though, show Obama´s approval rating has plummeted to just 49%. It is a dramatic drop, especially coming over a holiday period when people traditionally pay little attention to politics. Four years ago, at his first inauguration, a full 69% of Americans approved of Obama. The drop in Obama´s approval from 4 years ago is understandable, given the sluggish economy and the hope American´s had

Obama bypasses Congress, attempts
to force companies to reveal
political donations through SEC
Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/18/2013 9:16:57 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is attempting to bypass Congress and force publicly-traded companies to reveal their political donations through regulation. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporate Finance has begun the steps necessary to create a regulation that would in many ways mirror the DISCLOSE Act — a bill Senate Democrats have failed to pass through Congress. Created in reaction to the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that said corporations and unions could not have limits placed on their political expenditures, the Senate bill would require political

Poll: Republican voters say
Obama’s hiding something
Politico, by Breanna Edwards    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/18/2013 9:04:48 PM     Post Reply
More than a third of Americans — and 64 percent of Republicans — believe that President Barack Obama might be hiding something, according to a new poll Thursday. Thirty-six percent of the surveyed voters think the president is possibly “hiding important information about his background and early life,” the Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey found. (Snip) Sixty-four percent of Republicans think the president isn’t coming clean, 33 percent of independents agree, and 14 percent of Democrats say so, too. “This conspiracy theory is much more widely believed mostly

Whoops: PolitiFact´s ´Lie of
the Year´ Turns Out to Be True
Weekly Standard, by Mark Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2013 9:04:01 PM     Post Reply
Last month, PolitiFact selected its "Lie of the Year." Given PolitiFact´s dubious record of singling out Republicans for lying far more often than Democrats, you probably could have guessed the winner of this particular sweepstakes was a Mitt Romney campaign ad: It was a lie told in the critical state of Ohio in the final days of a close campaign -- that Jeep was moving its U.S. production to China. It originated with a conservative blogger, who twisted an accurate news story into a falsehood. Then it picked up steam when the Drudge Report ran with it. Even though Jeep's parent company gave a quick and clear



Forward! Obama´s gun control agenda
Washington Times, by Al Maurer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/18/2013 8:57:02 PM     Post Reply
COLORADO SPRINGS ? President Obama´s Wednesday press conference was political theater at its best. The carefully-selected audience applauded at all the right moments. The reading of letters from children was classic heart-tugging emotionalism. A little girl wrote: "We are sad. We want everybody to be happy and safe." How could we want anything else? Must we become like little children so that this never happens again? Help us, Obi-Barack, you´re our only hope! And so the man who favors abortion with no limits positions himself as Protector of the Children. We should never forget, however,

Obama administration eases
path for ‘Dreamers’ to
get behind the wheel
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/18/2013 8:49:06 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration said Friday that illegal immigrants who qualify for its new non-deportation policy are now “considered to be lawfully present” in the U.S. — a legal status that could help them to get driver’s licenses. Known as “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” or DACA, the new policy grants a tentative status to most illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before age 16 and who are 30 or younger. But the policy has left states facing thorny legal questions about what benefits they can give to those who

Least Transparent
Administration in History
Washington Free Beacon, by CJ Ciaramella    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/18/2013 8:45:59 PM     Post Reply
The number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed against the federal government has increased dramatically under the Obama administration, according to a December study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). A comparison between the last two years of President George W. Bush’s second term and the last two years of President Barack Obama’s first term shows FOIA lawsuits jumped by 28 percent, TRAC reports. FOIA lawsuits are filed to challenge denials of records requests or the use of exemptions of information by federal agencies. The number of

Gun-Outing Newspaper Removes
Names, Addresses from Map
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/18/2013 8:33:16 PM     Post Reply
The New York newspaper that made itself infamous for publishing an interactive, Internet-based map revealing the names and addresses of thousands of New York´s law abiding gun owners has now disabled the feature that allows readers to see those names and addresses. The Westchester-area Journal News caused outrage among New York´s legal gun owners with its anti-gun stunt as the story surged across the country. Citing public safety issues, as late as last Tuesday a group of 50 current and former law enforcement officials gathered to demand that the newspaper remove the names from public view.



Obama hosts ´benefactors´
at White House
USA Today, by David Jackson & Fredreka Schouten    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2013 8:06:57 PM     Post Reply
President Obama hasn´t been seen in public today, but he hasn´t been idle either -- he´s been entertaining financial backers at the White House. The president and first lady Michelle Obama hosted donors and other supporters in town for second inauguration weekend. A "Benefactors´ Brunch" took place at the White House from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., says pool reporter Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics. A reception for supporters took place from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Neither event was listed on the White House public schedule.

The Darkest Design
of Barack Obama
Canada Free Press, by Erik Rush    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 1/18/2013 7:33:06 PM     Post Reply
For some time, there have been unsubstantiated reports of the Obama administration engaging in clandestine negotiations with China toward satisfying America’s debt to that nation via exchanges of land and resources. Such an arrangement would be illegal and treasonous of course, but given its deportment to date, that would not likely deter this administration. Also, in the face of having trillions of dollars in debt called by China, and the economic catastrophe that would ensue, it is entirely possible that Obama might request and be granted some manner of dispensation from Congress to legitimize this pact.

Horror at Bed, Bath &
Beyond as shopper is stabbed
in chest a DOZEN times by
stranger as she pushed
her baby son through
store in stroller
Daily Mail (UK), by Joshua Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2013 7:16:16 PM     Post Reply
A woman was brutally stabbed in the chest more than a dozen times while shopping with her infant child at a Bed, Bath & Beyond. Reports say authorities are holding 19-year-old Tyrik Haynes in connection with the Thursday evening attack in Middletown, New Jersey. Haynes allegedly rushed upon Kerri Dalton with no warning as she pushed her son´s stroller through the store and he´s accused of then stabbing Dalton repeatedly in the chest, puncturing both her lungs. He is now charged with attempted murder. Dalton experienced significant blood loss and was airlifted from the Middletown store

Stephen Colbert´s SISTER to run for
Congress as a Democrat against
disgraced former South Carolina
Gov. Mark Sanford
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/18/2013 7:04:34 PM     Post Reply
While comedian Stephen Colbert once spoofed that he was running for the president of the United States of South Carolina, his sister really is earnestly seeking a vacant congressional seat in the state. Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch plans to file next week to enter the race for the 1st District, her campaign manager Bill Romjue said Friday. She´ll join an already notable list of candidates.[Snip] And Teddy Turner, the son of media magnate Ted Turner, is also running as a Republican. Filing for the seat opened Friday and runs through Jan. 28. Turner and Sanford are among at least 10 Republicans



Inaugural Balls Through
The Years
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2013 6:53:43 PM     Post Reply
It´s time for the Obamas to dust off their dancin´ shoes. After Monday´s presidential inauguration in Washington, the commander-in-chief and his first lady will have two inaugural balls to attend. Each event is set to feature performances from some of the top musical acts in the business (no doubt performing a few tunes from Obama´s official Spotify playlist). What most of us will be waiting for, however, is the moment Barack and Michelle step onto the dance floor. If celebrations past are any indication, the president will wear his finest tux and the first lady will get decked out

New York newspaper removes
gun permit database from
website after outcry
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2013 6:46:56 PM     Post Reply
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. –A suburban New York City newspaper has removed the names and addresses of residents with pistol permits from its website. Publication of the permit data following last month´s school shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn. produced a storm of outrage from gun owners. It also quickly resulted in a new state measure meant to protect permit holders´ privacy. The president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group announced the move Friday. Janet Hasson said the new law does not require removing the data, but "doing so complies with its spirit."

Fox News poll: 83 percent
think government spending
is out of control
Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2013 6:43:41 PM     Post Reply
More than eight in ten American voters (83 percent) think government spending is out of control, according to a Fox News poll released Friday. That’s up from 78 percent who said so in 2010 and 62 percent in 2009. Some 11 percent think spending is being managed carefully. The poll also finds almost all voters rate the nation’s economy negatively. Those are two of the reasons why President Obama begins his second term with mixed reviews: 47 percent of voters both approve and disapprove of his job performance.

Lance Armstrong May Have
Lied to Winfrey: Investigators
ABC News, by Neal Karlinsky    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/18/2013 6:34:02 PM     Post Reply
Lance Armstrong may have lied to Oprah Winfrey during his so-called confession Thursday night about his doping during the Tour de France bicycle race, investigators told ABC News today. Armstrong, 41, admitted for the first time that his decade-long dominance of cycling and seven wins in the Tour de France were owed, in part, to performance-enhancing drugs and oxygen-boosting blood transfusions. He told Winfrey that he was taking the opportunity to confess to everything he had done wrong, including angrily denying reports for years claiming that he had doped.

Pallor Games
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/18/2013 6:24:11 PM     Post Reply
"A Wisconsin high school is under fire after parents discovered that the ´American Diversity´ class taught students that minorities had historically been oppressed by white people," reports London´s Daily Mail: According to handouts obtained by Fox News [Radio], "white privilege" in the class was defined as a "set of advantages that are believed to be enjoyed by white people beyond those commonly experienced by non-white people in the same social, political, and economic spaces (nation, community, workplace, income, etc." "They´re teaching white guilt," one parent said. "They´re dividing the students. They´re saying to non-whites,


Andrea Mitchell Confounded
By NRA´s ´Surprising´
Popularity in New Poll
Newsbusters, by Scott Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2013 6:13:11 PM     Post Reply
A perplexed Andrea Mitchell on Thursday highlighted a new NBC poll finding high favorability numbers for the National Rifle Association, results she deemed "surprising." The veteran journalist proclaimed: "The NRA brand has been fairly toxic in many of the debates, the gun debates especially since Newtown, but their membership base is broad and deep." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] One reason the brand has been "toxic" is because of relentlessly negative coverage from reporters. Yet, NBC political editor Mark Murray explained, "Despite a lot of the criticism the NRA has received in the month after the Newtown shootings,

Without Deep Spending Cuts,
GOP Loses the House in 2014
Investor´s Business Daily, by Lawrence Kudlow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/18/2013 6:06:08 PM     Post Reply
Okay, it´s official. According to the Treasury Department, the U.S. debt jumped to $16.1 trillion in 2012 from $14.8 trillion in 2011. That´s a $1.3 trillion deficit for the last year. Remarkable. During President Obama´s first term, the federal debt rose by roughly $6 trillion. Now, if they are bold, House Republicans will take advantage of these dismal numbers. Bold means bold spending cuts, as in cut spending like there´s no tomorrow. Bold means implementing the $1.2 trillion spending sequester. Bold means an absolute rock-solid commitment to spending cuts. A new Rasmussen survey

Boko Haram trained in
Mali - Army chief
Daily Trust[Nigeria], by Ismail Mudashir*    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/18/2013 5:45:31 PM     Post Reply
Some of the terrorists operating in Nigeria were trained in Mali, Chief of Army Staff Lt-General Azubuike Ihejirika revealed in Kaduna yesterday.(Snip)“We have evidence that some of the terrorists operating in Nigeria were trained in Mali. As at yesterday, we are aware of the influx of some chaps trained in Mali into the country,” he said, apparently referring to the Boko Haram sect which has waged a campaign of violence in parts of the North. Ihejirika said by being part of the intervention force in Mali, Nigeria will also be enhancing its own security objective. “Nigeria will not only be

Liberal Host Thom Hartmann Says
‘Second Amendment Was Passed
To Protect Slavery’
Mediaite, by Tommy Christopher    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 1/18/2013 5:32:51 PM     Post Reply
It’s a popular talking point with conservatives that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to act as a check on a tyrannical government, our own government. According to liberal radio and TV host Thom Hartman, though, the original purpose of the amendment was to act as a check on rebellious slaves, which might just put a kink in Gun Appreciation Day founder Larry Ward‘s theory about Martin Luther King. On Hartmann’s The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Hartmann laid it out. “Gun-crazy America is arming up,” he said. ”While Vice President Biden and his gun task force think of

What Is Driving Growth
in Government Spending?
New York Times, by Nate Silver    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 1/18/2013 5:28:54 PM     Post Reply
It’s one of the most fundamental political questions of our time: What’s driving the growth in government spending? And it has a relatively straightforward answer: first and foremost, spending on health care through Medicare and Medicaid, and other major social insurance and entitlement programs. But I thought it was worth reviewing the evidence in a bit more detail. There are a few surprises along the way, some of which liberal readers might like and others of which will please conservative readers. The Web site usgovernmentspending.com has an abundance of data on federal,

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