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Former Mayor of New Orleans Is
Charged in Sweeping Corruption Case
New York Times, by Campbell Robertson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2013 5:40:46 AM     Post Reply
NEW ORLEANS — C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of this city who fulminated against the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina but became for many a symbol of the shortcomings of government himself, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday on 21 counts including conspiracy, bribery and money laundering. The indictment detailed a wide-ranging scheme of kickbacks and pay-for-play of a kind not entirely unfamiliar in Louisiana history. Contractors and vendors looking for work with the city would provide the mayor with vacations, big checks and even free granite for his family business.

PolitiFact Concedes Their ´Lie of
the Year´ is the ´Literal Truth´
Weekly Standard, by Mark Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2013 5:33:26 AM     Post Reply
Earlier today, I wrote a lengthy critique pointing out the inconvenient fact that PolitiFact´s Lie of the Year -- "The Romney campaign´s ad on Jeeps made in China" -- turns out to be true. It involves a lot of complicated back and forth, so I encouage you to read that post if you´re not familiar with what´s going on. But the thrust of the matter is that the Romney campaign ran an ad saying that Jeep, the recipient of a taxpayer bailout, was going to start producing cars in China. Well, now PolitiFact has responded to my criticism, albeit obliquely,

Why Algeria Didn’t Warn
the U.S. About Its Hostage Raid
Daily Beast, by Eli Lake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2013 5:28:56 AM     Post Reply
When Algerian commandos initiated a raid Thursday to free hostages being held at a remote natural-gas complex, it was apparently a surprise to the top levels of the Obama administration as well as America’s key international allies. American workers were believed to be at the sprawling facility, and while details remain sketchy, U.S. officials said Friday that at least one American was killed. That Algeria didn’t inform the U.S.—much less collaborate with it—before launching the raid should come as no surprise. Since 9/11, both the Bush and Obama administrations have tried to cultivate a relationship with Algeria’s military,

  


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Remembering Austin When
Lance Armstrong Was Still A Hero
PJ Media, by Leslie Loftis    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/19/2013 5:18:18 AM     Post Reply
I still lived in Austin, Texas in 1999. That summer, against all odds, Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor, new husband, father-to-be, won his first Tour de France in an impressive display of athleticism. He was a hero, an inspiration. When he returned to Austin, the city held a victory rally, in which park I can’t recall as Austin is loaded with large and picturesque gathering spots. A couple of friends and I went to the rally early to grab a patch of ground close enough to see Armstrong and his miracle-pregnant wife. It wasn’t all about Lance.

Man-on-the-street interviews: So,
what’d you think of Obama’s inauguration?
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2013 5:14:36 AM     Post Reply
Jimmy Kimmel’s done a bunch of these on different subjects but the gag will never get old. It’s basically a psychological experiment in serial form, and a case study in why polls can never fully be trusted. Remember that Pew survey the other day showing how, even though most young adults don’t know what issue Roe v. Wade dealt with, nearly 100 percent of them had an opinion on whether or not the decision should be overturned? If you were confused about how that result is possible, let late-night comedy be your beacon towards the truth.(Video)

Is Lance Armstrong
the world’s biggest liar?
Washington Post, by Glenn Kessler    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2013 5:11:31 AM     Post Reply
“[This was] one big lie that I repeated a lot of times.” — Lance Armstrong, in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Jan. 17, 2013 It is fair to say that in more than three decades of reporting, The Fact Checker has never written a sports story. But The Fact Checker has written a lot about people who stretch the truth — or to put it less delicately, are liars. With Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs to repeatedly win the Tour de France multi-stage bicycle race, the question arises:

Federal Appeals Court
upholds Wisconsin union law
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2013 5:06:03 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has upheld the Wisconsin union law that was the subject of massive protests in 2011, including a takeover of the State Capitol and widespread threats and acts of intimidation. The decision was unanimous in most respects. The full decision is embedded at the bottom of this post. Via JSOnline (h/t LibertyChick) A federal court of appeals on Friday upheld Wisconsin’s law repealing most collective bargaining for most public employees , handing a victory to Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans

  


  

Gun Control´s Potemkin Village
Reason Magazine, by Steve Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2013 5:01:25 AM     Post Reply
Political trends come and go in response to events. Gun control was the rage during the Clinton administration, but over the past decade or so it became an obsolete cause. After the horrific crimes in Newtown and Aurora, though, it´s staging a comeback. One thing hasn´t changed: The agenda includes mostly measures that will have little or no effect on the problems they are supposed to address. They are Potemkin remedies—presentable facades with empty space behind them. This is something that supporters as well as opponents labor to conceal.

America’s Exodus from Marriage
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2013 4:56:18 AM     Post Reply
In 2000, Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan was asked to identify the biggest change he had seen in his 40-year political career. Moynihan, a man of unusual sagacity, experience, and perspective, responded this way: “The biggest change, in my judgment, is that the family structure has come apart all over the North Atlantic world.” This change has occurred in “an historical instant,” Moynihan said. “Something that was not imaginable 40 years ago has happened.” I thought about Senator Moynihan’s observation after reading “The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent,”

Manti Te´o Denies Involvement in Girlfriend
Hoax, Admits Misleading on Details
ABC News, by Michael S. James *    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/19/2013 4:53:52 AM     Post Reply
Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te´o told ESPN that he "never, not ever" was involved in creating the hoax that had him touting what turned out to be a fictional girlfriend, "Lennay Kekua." "When they hear the facts, they´ll know," Te´o told ESPN´s Jeremy Schaap in his first interview since the story broke. "They´ll know that there is no way that I could be a part of this." "I wasn´t faking it," he said during a 2 1/2-hour interview, according to ESPN.com. Te´o said he only learned for sure this week that he had been duped.

Debt Reckoning: Destroying Myth
Of Government Default
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 1/19/2013 2:22:58 AM     Post Reply
Budget Policy: Even if we don´t raise the debt ceiling, enough revenue will still come in to the Treasury to pay our interest, our bonds and essential services. The government will not shut down— only its ability to borrow. Like the fiscal cliff, the dangers of hitting the debt ceiling, while dire, are not necessarily fatal. It would, however, concentrate the minds of the American taxpayer wonderfully and force Washington to do what American families do every day around the kitchen table — take the paycheck and pay the bills in order

  


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Dig in! The worst is yet
to come: Roads gridlocked
and airports closed as
snow havoc looks set to
last through weekend
Daily Mail (UK), by Andy Dolan & Ray Massey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2013 1:12:24 AM     Post Reply
Keep those sledges and shovels at hand. We may already have had as much as ten inches of snow – but it seems things are only going to get worse. Snow and ice will continue to wreak havoc across the country for days, forecasters have warned, with conditions likely to become increasingly treacherous. After a day in which heavy snowfall closed schools and airports and caused gridlock across Britain, the Met Office warned that two more nights of freezing weather could make travel even more dangerous.By last night, motorways were impassable, airports had shut down, schools closed

Obama´s Inaugural:
With Malice or None?
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2013 12:44:18 AM     Post Reply
It would be natural for Barack Obama to begin his second term with a chip on his shoulder, emboldened by a reelection victory that, viewed through his eyes, ratified his agenda and punished his rivals for extremism. It also would be a mistake. Starting with his inaugural address on Monday, the president might want to consider the example of another former Illinois lawmaker who rose from obscurity to assume the presidency at a time of peril. Like President Obama, Abraham Lincoln had to triangulate between harsh obstructionists from an opposing party and radicals from within his own.

Disney CEO Iger sees
2012 pay rise to $37.1M
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2013 12:38:59 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES— Disney CEO Bob Iger´s pay package got an 18 percent boost last year to $37.1 million as the company posted record revenue, net income and earnings per share. The Walt Disney Co. also cited Iger´s leadership in the $4.06 billion acquisition of "Star Wars" creator Lucasfilm, along with the launch of theme park additions, cruise ships and the expansion of the Disney Channel overseas. Iger, 61, saw the biggest jump in pay from the value of new stock option awards, which hit $7.8 million in 2012, up from $4.8 million in 2011, according to a regulatory filing

Newsweek Makes It Official:
Obama’s Inauguration Is
‘The Second Coming’
Newsbusters, by Brent Baker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2013 12:15:38 AM     Post Reply
Conservatives have long joked that the national press corps see Barack Obama as the second coming of Jesus Christ. Today, Newsweek – at least what’s left of it, an online product for tablets and e-readers – made it official. Next to a side shot of Obama’s head, the “Inauguration 2013” cover story pronounces: “The Second Coming.” It’s an article by long-time Newsweek veteran Evan Thomas, who left the magazine after Tina Brown took over from the Washington Post Company and folded the debt-ridden publication into her Daily Beast site. The January 18, 2013-dated online magazine, was posted Friday

  


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Bush sends regrets to
Obama inauguration
The Hill [Washington DC], by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/19/2013 12:05:35 AM     Post Reply
Only Democratic former presidents will be joining President Obama at his inauguration, after former President George W. Bush reportedly sent his regrets regarding the Jan. 21 ceremony. ABC News reports that officials say Bush will not be in attendance because of the recent health issues facing his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Bush, 88, has been in and out of the hospital in recent months fighting illness, and will also not attend the inauguration.Former Presidents Clinton and Carter, the only other living commanders in chief, will be present

Algerian stance spoils
U.S. strategy for region
Washington Post, by Craig Whitlock    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/19/2013 12:02:13 AM     Post Reply
LONDON — The hostage crisis in Algeria has upended the Obama administration’s strategy for coordinating an international military campaign against al-Qaeda fighters in North Africa, leaving U.S., European and African leaders even more at odds over how to tackle the problem. For months, U.S. officials have intensively lobbied Algeria — whose military is by far the strongest in North Africa — to help intervene in next-door Mali, where jihadists and other rebels have established a well-defended base of operations. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other high-ranking U.S. officials made repeated visits to Algiers in the fall

U.S. confirms Americans
still held hostage in Algeria
Washington Post, by Michael Birnbaum and Anthony Faiola    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/19/2013 12:00:45 AM     Post Reply
Survivors of one of the largest hostage crises in recent memory recounted harrowing tales of their ordeal, as Algerian security forces attempted late Friday to negotiate an end to the standoff at a natural gas facility in the Sahara desert. Some workers described being forced to strap on explosives-filled belts when Islamist militants stormed the site Wednesday. Others were shot on the spot. An unknown number of captives, including Americans, remain trapped at the complex. Some militants and hostages were killed, including at least one American, with the unverified toll potentially in the dozens.

Public Gloomy Ahead
of Obama Inaugural
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/18/2013 11:37:08 PM     Post Reply
When Barack Obama first took the oath of office in 2009, he enjoyed around 70% approval ratings in the polls. His historic election had triggered a groundswell of hope and good feelings about his first term. By overwhelming majorities, Americans were hopeful about the future. Just days before his second inauguration, however, a new poll from The Hill finds that the public is much more pessimistic about the next four years. Just 18% of voters believe that Obama´s first term exceeded their expectations. 80% feel the first term fell below or simply met

Fox News poll: Twice as
many favor more guns over
banning guns to reduce crime
Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/18/2013 11:34:34 PM     Post Reply
Nearly twice as many voters say there would be less violent crime if more law-abiding Americans owned guns, than if guns were banned. In addition, while American voters generally favor strengthening gun laws, 71 percent do not think tougher laws can stop shootings like the one last month in Newtown, Connecticut. Some 22 percent say new laws can prevent the next Sandy Hook. These are just some of the findings from a Fox News poll released Friday. Majorities of gun owners (81 percent), non-gun owners (58 percent), Democrats (58 percent), independents (72 percent) and Republicans

  



White House Posts Videos of
Children Beseeching President
to Act on Guns
National Review Online, by Eliana Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/18/2013 11:17:33 PM     Post Reply
The White House was quick to call the NRA “repugnant and cowardly” for allegedly dragging the president’s children into the battle over gun control. (In an ad released earlier this week, the NRA pointed to the fact that the president’s children are protected by armed guards, and asked provocatively, “Are the president’s children more important than yours?”) President Obama, however, did not hesitate to bring other people’s children into the grudge match. In Wednesday’s press conference, he was accompanied on stage by children who had written to him pleading

America Should Declare
Bankruptcy: Doug Casey
Yahoo! Finance, by Lauren Lyster    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/18/2013 10:25:28 PM     Post Reply
This week started with President Obama Monday demanding lawmakers raise the U.S.’s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling, warning Republicans not to insist on spending cuts in return. The same day, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke advocated getting rid of the debt limit altogether. The Washington Post reports in a conversation at the University of Michigan Bernanke said the debt ceiling has only “symbolic value.” (Snip) Two former U.S. government officials put the federal government’s actual liabilities in excess of $86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP, in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed. Casey argues we’re

Republicans back away
from debt ceiling fight
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/18/2013 10:23:53 PM     Post Reply
Republicans proposed a three-month increase to the US debt ceiling Friday as they lean toward breaking a protracted fiscal impasse, but warned any long-term deal would require Congress to pass a budget that cuts spending. The Republican-led House of Representatives will hold a vote next week on the temporary measure, Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced at the end of a two-day Republican work retreat outside Washington. The move could help defuse a fiscal time bomb that Congress and the White House face in late February with the nation hitting its debt ceiling,

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