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Controversial painting in Newark
Library is bared once again
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Barry Carter    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/20/2013 10:35:04 AM     Post Reply
Newark — The painting that caused such a ruckus at the Newark Public Library is uncovered again, viewable by all, and the controversy around it gone. You may remember a column last month about several staff members up in arms because they didn’t think the art was appropriate. They made such a fuss that it was covered up a day after being hung in the second-floor reference room. The huge drawing was done by Kara Walker, a renowned African-American artist whose themes deal with race, gender, sexuality and violence. This piece shows the horrors of reconstruction, 20th-century Jim Crowism

Freshman congressman
receives death threats
CNN, by Diane Ruggiero    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/20/2013 10:25:58 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Death threats have been made against freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), his wife and children, according to a statement by his chief of staff Karl Ahlgren. Ahlgren said law enforcement authorities consider the threats to be a "serious matter due to the content and nature of the threatening letters which were received." Precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of Mullin´s wife and children, Ahlgren added. He did not specify the nature of the threats, or the potential motivation behind them. U.S. Capitol Police Public Information Officer Shennell Antrobus added that his department was looking

Mother of US-born militant
confronts al-Shabaab threat:
´It´s in God´s hands´
Guardian [UK], by Matt Williams    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/20/2013 10:25:31 AM     Post Reply
Debra Hammami is hoping for a miracle to save her son from the al-Qaida-linked Somali militants he left his hometown in Alabama to fight alongside. "It´s in God´s hands," she said Friday, on the eve of a deadline set by al-Shabaab for their former adherent´s surrender or death. The threat comes after a public falling-out between 28-year-old Omar Hammami and the leaders of the terrorist group. Having already lost her son to extremist ideology, his family back in the town of Daphne, Alabama, may now face the prospect of never seeing him alive again. Omar Hammami, whom the FBI has

  


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Netanyahu´s hard line
in line with Israeli electorate
USA Today, by Michele Chabin    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/20/2013 10:19:06 AM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM -- It´s no secret that President Obama doesn´t see eye to eye with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama and Netanyahu, who is up for re-election for a second term Tuesday, disagree on major issues such as Jewish settlements and how to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The president´s frustration with Netanyahu was underscored this week when Jeffrey Goldberg, a U.S. columnist, reported that Obama has "privately and repeatedly" said to confidants that Israel " ´doesn´t know what its own best interests are.´ " There was a time when a poor relationship

´There´s no chance we´re leaving´:
Lithuanian single mother buys designer
clothes and enjoys lavish holidays with
more than £1,000*
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/20/2013 9:28:19 AM     Post Reply
A single mother from Lithuania who lives a life of luxury at the expense of Britain´s taxpayers takes home more than £1,000 a month in handouts which funds her love of designer clothes and holidays. Natalija Belova, 33, said she was shocked at how much she would be entitled to from the State after she moved here four years ago and fell pregnant. Her handouts total £279 a week which includes housing benefit, child tax credit and child benefit.(Snip)Miss Belova is a university graduate who can speak six languages but said if she got a job it would have to
Headline resplit by Staff.

A (Not So) Brief
History of the Gun
American Thinker, by Trevor Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/20/2013 9:26:58 AM     Post Reply
As debates about guns and gun rights in America rage, truly to understand the gun, one needs to look at its history. The story of the gun is a fascinating and riveting look not only at history, but also at science, business, politics, justice, and morality. Throw in a great deal of ingenuity, a good deal of heroism, and a small dose of romance, and the story of the gun is the world´s greatest tale of human invention.

Singer Noelia Says Venezuela
Seized Her Private Jet “Arbitrarily”
Latin American Herald Tribune [Miami FL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/20/2013 9:17:40 AM     Post Reply
MIAMI – Puerto Rican singer Noelia complained that her private plane was “arbitrarily seized” at an airport in Venezuela and asked the nation’s Vice President Nicolas Maduro to take steps to resolve the case. The artist said on Friday that the aircraft was in Venezuela for its possible sale, which in the end never went through. It was scheduled to be back in Florida on Wednesday to fly the artist to California, but was detained at Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas. The private jet with U.S. registration, belonging to the artist and her husband, Jorge Reynoso, was “arbitrarily seized,” the songstress said.

  


  

Pat Buchanan: ´There’s a Lot
of Myth About Tip O’Neill
and Reagan Working Together.
They Did Not´
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2013 9:16:30 AM     Post Reply
A common media theme since the Republicans took over the House of Representatives in January 2011 has been that former President Ronald Reagan and former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill were great legislative partners despite being from different parties. Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan threw some cold water on this notion on PBS’s McLaughlin Group Friday saying, “There’s a lot of myth about Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan working together. They did not" (video follows with transcript and commentary):PAT BUCHANAN: There’s a lot of myth about Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan working together. They did not. Ronald Reagan…

Mystery of Missing Vittorio
Missoni Deepens in Venezuela
Daily Beast, by Barbie Latza Nadeau    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/20/2013 9:10:24 AM     Post Reply
It has been two weeks since Vittorio Missoni, his companion, and two close friends took off from the tourist island of Los Roques headed toward Caracas’s Simon Bolivar International Airport on the Venezuelan mainland. The foursome had been on a fishing expedition over the holidays and were headed back to Italy to start the new year. Missoni was expected to attend men’s fashion week in Milan this week, but his plane disappeared from radar shortly after taking off from the island. At first glance, the disappearance seems like a standard air-to-sea accident,

Assad´s overthrow "red line"
for Iran: supreme leader´s aide
Reuters, by Sami Aboudi    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/20/2013 9:07:40 AM     Post Reply
Dubai-A senior aide to Iran´s supreme leader warned against the overthrow of Syria´s President Bashar al-Assad, saying his fate was a "red line", in one of the Islamic state´s strongest messages of support for the Damascus government. Iran has steadfastly backed Assad´s rule since an uprising against his rule began almost two years ago and regards him as an important part of the axis of opposition against arch-foe Israel. "If the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is toppled, the line of resistance in the face of Israel will be broken," Ali Akbar Velayati, who is seen as a potential contender

Pomp(ousness) and Circumstance:
Inauguration 2013 counter-programming
Washington Times, by Eric Golub    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/20/2013 8:54:11 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — Many people will be glued to the television watching President Barack Obama celebrate his second and final inauguration. This begs a simple question. Does Obama really need an inauguration? Isn´t his entire presidency, in fact his entire existence, a celebration of himself celebrating himself? Given that he will say the same exact things again in a week or so at his 2013 State of the Useless address, it is unnecessary to sit through day 1,461 of the Obama 2008 Inauguration. Many of us would sooner watch reruns of the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles

  


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Gunning for no change:
Thousands of armed protestors
gather at state capitols
in pro-assault rifle rallies
across the country
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2013 8:47:20 AM     Post Reply
Thousands of gun advocates gathered peacefully Saturday at state capitals around the U.S. to rally against stricter limits on firearms, with demonstrators carrying rifles and pistols in some places while those elsewhere settled for waving hand-scrawled signs or screaming themselves hoarse. The size of crowds at each location varied - from dozens of people in South Dakota to 2,000 in New York. Large crowds also turned out in Connecticut, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington state. Some demonstrators in Olympia, Wash., Phoenix, Salem, Ore., and Salt Lake City came with holstered handguns or rifles on their backs.

Bill Clinton to Democrats:
Don’t trivialize gun culture
Politico, by Byron Tau    Original Article
Posted By: nota bene- 1/20/2013 8:45:25 AM     Post Reply
Former President Bill Clinton warned a group of top Democratic donors at a private Saturday meeting not to underestimate the passions that gun control stirs among many Americans. “Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them,” Clinton said. “A lot of these people live in a world very different from the world lived in by the people proposing these things,” Clinton said. “I know because I come from this world."
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California´s Hispanic population
to outnumber whites by end of 2013
Daily Mail (UK), by Nina Golgowski    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2013 8:41:14 AM     Post Reply
California´s Hispanic population is slated to become the state´s majority ethnicity by the end of this year according to a new report by the governor´s office. New ethnicity trends outlined in Gov Jerry Brown´s 2013-14 budget proposal revealed the state´s expected new majority while reasoning the state’s declining birth rates and increasing migration as causes. As early as July Hispanics are expected to be equal in size to non-Hispanic whites before outpacing them, according to the report, with both demographics in that month reaching 39 per cent of the population. It´s a swap that comes earlier than experts had expected.

Gun Lovers Freak Over
Obama’s Executive Actions
Daily Beast, by Adam Winkler    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/20/2013 8:37:35 AM     Post Reply
As our first national Gun Appreciation Day arrives (isn’t every day in America Gun Appreciation Day?), it’s worth a closer look at the constitutional arguments made by conservative opponents of President Obama’s gun-control proposals. Listen closely to the predictable fulminations against President Obama’s recent moves to reduce gun violence, in part through executive action. Conservative blogs and Fox News have been filled with indignant protests over Obama’s “abuse of power” and the manifestation of “tyranny” by the “power-grabbing” president. Sen. Rand Paul went on the Christian Broadcast Network to accuse Obama of acting like a “king or monarch.”

  


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Face of change: President
Obama sports smile & miles
in new portrait
New York Daily News, by Joel Siegel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/20/2013 8:34:55 AM     Post Reply
Are happy days here again? It sure looks that way from the new official portrait of President Obama released by the White House on Friday. The new color photo shows the President standing tall, flashing a big smile, his arms folded, flanked by flags and standing in front of his desk in the Oval Office. It’s a markedly different image of Obama than the official portrait taken four years ago, after he won his first historic election. In the 2008 photo the President looked somewhat somber. The setting was bland and unrecognizable, with flags over his right shoulder.

How President Obama’s campaign used
big data to rally individual voters.
MIT Technology Review, by Sasha Issenberg    Original Article
Posted By: nota bene- 1/20/2013 8:34:33 AM     Post Reply
Two years after Barack Obama’s election as president, Democrats suffered their worst defeat in decades. The congressional majorities that had given Obama his legislative successes, reforming the health-insurance and financial markets, were swept away in the midterm elections; control of the House flipped and the Democrats’ lead in the Senate shrank to an ungovernably slim margin. Pundits struggled to explain the rise of the Tea Party. Voters’ disappointment with the Obama agenda was evident as independents broke right and Democrats stayed home.

Actor Danny Glover: Second
Amendment was created to protect
America from slave revolts
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/20/2013 8:32:16 AM     Post Reply
Liberal actor Danny Glover of the series Lethal Weapon probably wasn’t very popular in the room after delivering this line to a group of students at Texas A&M. “I don’t know if you know the genesis of the right to bear arms,” Glover said. “The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans, so a revolt from people who were stolen from their land or revolt from people whose land was stolen from, that’s what the genesis of the Second Amendment is.”

Inauguration weekend starts with a
bang(s)! Michelle Obama showcases
her new hairstyle as she and the
first daughters host star-spangled
concert for military families
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/20/2013 8:28:26 AM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama proudly paraded her edgy new haircut as she took the stage with her two stylish daughters in tow at the star-studded gala for military families Saturday night, marking the beginning of inauguration weekend festivities. Some of Hollywood´s biggest recording artists, from Usher to Katy Perry, Alicia Keys and Fun., gathered at the Washington Convention Center in DC entertain hundreds of DC-area children and spouses of service members. Dressed in a casual yet chic ensemble consisting of a while loose blouse cinched at the waist with a vibrant belt paired with ankle-length trousers, Mrs Obama appeared

Sotomayor scheduling conflict leads
to Biden´s early swearing-in
Los Angeles Times, by David G. Savage & Michael A. Memoli    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/20/2013 8:23:04 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden will not be sworn in Sunday at noon alongside President Obama at the White House because Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor had somewhere else to be. Biden selected Sotomayor, the first Latino justice, to administer the oath. But Biden’s office said Sotomayor had a scheduling conflict Sunday and could not be at the White House at noon. So Sotomayor will swear Biden in at 8:15 a.m. Sunday at the Naval Observatory, the vice president’s official residence. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will swear in Obama at noon.

  



Saturday Night Live mocks Piers Morgan
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: nota bene- 1/20/2013 8:15:33 AM     Post Reply
This weekend, Saturday Night Live opened with Taran Killam playing CNN’s Piers Morgan to highlight the newsworthy subjects of the week including Manti Te’o,’ Lance Armstrong, and Jodie Foster. Using a high-pitched voice with a British accent, Killam introduced himself as Piers Morgan – “the British version of Mario Lopez.” As the interview concluded, the SNL version of Piers Morgan announces a break. (Snip) The real Piers Morgan reacted to the skit on Twitter. “Do I seriously sound this annoying?”

NBC/WSJ poll: NRA
more popular than
entertainment industry
NBC, by Mark Murray    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/20/2013 8:09:46 AM     Post Reply
As Washington prepares for a political battle over the Obama White House´s proposals to curb gun violence after the Newtown, Conn., shootings, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that the National Rifle Association is more popular than the entertainment industry. Forty-one percent of adults see the NRA -- the nation´s top gun lobby -- in a positive light, while 34 percent view it in a negative light. By comparison, just 24 percent have positive feelings about the entertainment industry, and 39 percent have negative ones.

Obama should emulate King
Morning Journal [Lorain, OH], by Tom Skoch    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 1/20/2013 8:09:36 AM     Post Reply
If ever a confluence of significant events called Americans to a day of sober reflection, it is Jan. 21, 2013. On that date, we mark the Inauguration of a president; the start of Barack Obama’s second term in the White House. And we also observe the annual Martin Luther King Day memorial to the nation’s revered civil rights leader. Fifty years ago, when King proclaimed his civil rights Dream, it was all but unimaginable that the nation today would not just have a black president, but would be returning him to the White House for a second term.

Unions, bundlers and special
interests fund Obama´s second
inauguration party
Washington Guardian, by John Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/20/2013 7:58:55 AM     Post Reply
What a difference an election can make. Barack Obama, whose election victory and inuguration four years ago was fueled by the promise of change, transparency and the end of big money politics, ushers in his second inauguration with quite a bit of change. As in money from companies, labor unions and millionaire donors. Unlike his first inauguration, Obama is allowing $1 million donations to help fund this weekend’s festivities, taking corporate donations that were banned last time around and refusing to provide full information about the donors.

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