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Lady Gaga leads SECOND
night of partying at White
House: Star joins Tony Bennett
at incredible private event
for Obama staffers
Daily Mail (UK), by Louise Boyle*    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 1/23/2013 5:48:38 AM     Post Reply
The White House reverberated to the sounds of partying for a second consecutive evening last night as Lady Gaga headlined a spectacular private event for Obama staffers. (Snip)The President and the First Lady Michelle Obama took to the stage before Gaga´s entrance to thank supporters for their hard work, saying that the thousands of guests at his staff ball represented his ´deepest hopes for America.´ Tuesday´s inauguration festivities came hot on the heels of Obama´s Gangnam Style dance off with singer Usher at the spectacular after-party he and wife Michelle Obama threw at the White

The Mickelson Vote
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2013 5:34:57 AM     Post Reply
California golfer Phil "Lefty" Mickelson says he will no longer publicly criticize the government for taking most of his paycheck. That´s a shame. But even if it´s now socially unacceptable for high achievers to suggest they should keep the fruits of their labor, that doesn´t mean they will keep supplying that labor. After a brilliant round Sunday at a tournament in La Quinta, California, Mr. Mickelson hinted that new tax burdens might drive him out of the state, out of professional golf, and perhaps even out of the country. "There are going to be some drastic changes for me

Is Liberalism Doomed?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2013 5:28:02 AM     Post Reply
Liberals are feeling triumphant these days, but in the backs of their minds there must be a sense of foreboding. They won this year by demonizing Republicans and by bribing various demographic groups with government largesse. But the Left’s tactical victory can’t conceal the fact that its ideology is bankrupt. The left’s real enemy isn’t Republicans, it is arithmetic. Welfare states are collapsing all around the world. Ours is on the same course. It is commonly observed that America’s entitlement programs are Ponzi schemes, which is correct. What is less often noted is that federal government spending

  


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Mount Rushmore on hold
Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2013 5:24:54 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama, who in 2009 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for having done nothing, is now called a great man by some of his backers for having done not too much more. He was re-elected, but by millions of votes fewer than the last time -- the first time a president won re-election while falling in favor relative to the opposite side. Most people felt the country was on the wrong track and doubted things would get better. General Motors is (barely) alive but not getting better. Osama bin Laden is dead, but al Qaeda isn´t.

Questions for Clinton in
the Benghazi hot seat
CNN, by Ashley Fantz & Jim Dougherty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2013 5:19:15 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will finally take questions from members of Congress on Wednesday about the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Lawmakers have long wanted Clinton´s full accounting of the September 11 assault that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. They also want to ask her about diplomatic security, which the State Department has since re-examined at posts located in overseas hot spots. Agency officials have acknowledged shortcomings and promised changes. Some of the toughest questions before the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are expected to focus

Who are the best and
worst bosses on Capitol Hill?
Washington Times, by Luke Rosiak    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/23/2013 5:13:12 AM     Post Reply
Hiding knives from a member of Congress for fear of your own life. Having cellphones thrown at you. Being cursed at in front of your parents. Being told, “I’m a queen, and I demand to be treated like one.” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Democrat, has a reputation as one of the toughest taskmasters in Congress to have as a boss, and the numbers appear to justify it. The Washington Times analyzed a decade of congressional pay records to find the offices with the highest turnover rates

Good Sense and Gun Control
Tribune Media Services, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2013 5:09:39 AM     Post Reply
In the early 1980s, transit officials in Washington couldn’t figure out why traffic on the Beltway would grind to a near halt every day around the exact same time. The usual explanations didn’t fit. Then it was discovered that a single driver was to blame. Every day on his drive to work, this commuter would plant himself in the left lane and set his cruise control to 55 mph, the posted speed limit, forcing those behind him to merge right, and you can imagine the effects. (Snip) The man’s name was John O. Nestor. He explained that the left lane was great: less traffic, less merging — why not ride it into

  


  

Not a ´nation of takers,´ Mr.
President? Check the numbers
American Enterprise, by Nicholas Eberstadt    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2013 5:04:42 AM     Post Reply
It is official: America is *not* a nation of takers. How do we know? Because the president of the United States just said so. President Obama used the occasion of his second inaugural address to take on the question of moral hazard emanating from our burgeoning entitlement state. In his estimate, there is no such risk — or at least none worth mentioning. Here is the inaugural passage in question: "We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness,

Left off Bam’s train
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2013 5:01:12 AM     Post Reply
A Favorite apocryphal tale goes like this: A New Jersey town where 90 percent of the residents are Irish and 10 percent Jewish had an election. The Irish candidate got 90 percent of the vote, and the Jewish candidate got 10 percent, whereupon the Irish victor celebrated by lamenting the clannishness of the Jews. Sore winners have always been with us, but they are especially grating when they include the president of the United States. “It makes me so sad,” a self-employed woman I know said during Monday’s inauguration.

Obama Dumps a Smart,
Independently Minded General
Weekly Standard, by Mackubin Thomas Owens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2013 4:56:21 AM     Post Reply
It seems clear that American civil-military relations have been healthiest when there is a high level of trust between civilian and military leaders, i.e. when there is mutual respect and understanding between them that leads to the exchange of candid views and perspectives between the two parties as part of the decision-making process. On the one hand, the military must have a voice in strategy making, while realizing that politics permeates the conduct of war and that civilians have the final say, not only concerning the goals of the war but also how it is conducted.

Missouri Sheriffs Pledge To Not
Enforce Obama’s Gun Control Laws
KMOX CBS (St. Louis), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2013 4:48:47 AM     Post Reply
JOHNSON COUNTY, Mo – As President Barack Obama continues to push gun control proposals in Washington D.C., Sheriff Charles M. Heiss, R-Johnson County is asking fellow law enforcers to sign and send this letter to the president. The letter expresses concern with the Obama administration and the president’s gun control laws he laid out before Congress last week. “It appears to me and many Americans that there is a genuine desire on the part of your administration to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law abiding American citizens in the interest of curbing gun violence in our nation,” Heiss wrote.

  


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House GOP debt-limit bill gains
momentum ahead of floor vote
The Hill (DC), by Russell Berman & Bernie Becker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/23/2013 4:44:55 AM     Post Reply
A House Republican bill to suspend the debt ceiling through May 19 appeared to be headed toward passage on Tuesday as staunch conservatives largely held their fire and the White House gave its blessing. The short-term debt-ceiling hike was only offered by House Republicans four days ago, but has quickly been embraced by members of both political parties. The turnaround highlights a shifting power structure in Washington, with a newly inaugurated President Obama promising a more active government and Republicans adjusting to a minority position against a popular president and larger Senate Democratic majority.

The Gun-Control Fight
Harry Reid Can’t Win
Daily Beast, by David Freedlander    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2013 4:41:14 AM     Post Reply
In 2010 Harry Reid was facing perhaps the toughest campaign of his five-decade political career. The Senate majority leader has never had particularly high approval ratings back home in Nevada, and Republicans made clear that sending him back to his hometown of Searchlight was their top priority, just as the Tea Party wave was slated to crest. But the year before, Reid cut the ribbon on Clark County Shooting Park, a 2,900-acre facility he helped build with $61 million in federal earmarks. Reid brought his antique .22-caliber rifle to the opening and proclaimed himself a fan of firearms.

In four years, we´ll be
inaugurating President Marco Rubio
The Week, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2013 4:36:39 AM     Post Reply
I know it´s premature. But as I watched President Barack Obama take the oath of office for a second term on Monday, I couldn´t help thinking that four years from now, it´ll probably be President-elect Marco Rubio´s turn. Why do I think Rubio is likely to be our next president? Because the Florida senator has the vision, charisma, brains, and communications skills to fix the problems that will no doubt linger long after Obama has returned to Chicago. Of course, this is not an entirely original observation. Four years out, Rubio is already at the top of what many consider to be

Clinton 2008 now debt-free
Politico, by Tarini Parti    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2013 4:31:55 AM     Post Reply
More than four years after Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination for president, Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign is finally debt-free, new reports filed by the campaign show. Clinton’s campaign committee paid off about $25 million in debt and now has a surplus of $204,832. The campaign retired its debt just as Clinton is preparing to step down from her job as secretary of state. Clinton supporters are pushing her to run for the presidency again in 2016. The campaign raised more than $233,000 in the last three months of 2012. Of that, more than $62,000

  


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5 Americans Who Need
Washington’s Help to Come Home
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2013 4:27:40 AM     Post Reply
As President Obama was celebrating the beginning of his second term yesterday, Algeria’s prime minister delivered the sobering news that a standoff with terrorists at a remote natural gas facility ended with 37 hostages dead. That included three Americans: Victor Lynn Lovelady, 57, of Houston; Gordon Lee Rowan of Oregon; and Frederick Buttaccio, 58, of Katy, Texas. (Snip)The loss of the Americans echoes in the case to be resurrected on Capitol Hill tomorrow when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations and the House Foreign Affairs committees on Benghazi.

Revealed: Why Michelle Obama
rolled her eyes at Boehner
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2013 4:20:53 AM     Post Reply
An understandable reaction in hindsight once you know what was said. Quote: “Another term for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, huh?” No, no, I kid. I’m sure the Obamas love Debbie. Which is why O just assigned Jim Messina to basically do her job from now on. The truth is more prosaic: So what was said? We asked expert lip reader Larry Wenig. Wenig believes John Boehner is asking President Obama whether he had a chance to have a cigarette before the luncheon. President Obama gave up cigarettes three years ago. Boehner is a known chain smoker.

Some Algeria Attackers
Are Placed at Benghazi
New York Times, by Adam Nossiter    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/23/2013 4:15:59 AM     Post Reply
ALGIERS — Several Egyptian members of the squad of militants that lay bloody siege to an Algerian gas complex last week also took part in the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Libya in September, a senior Algerian official said Tuesday. The Egyptians involved in both attacks were killed by Algerian forces during the four-day ordeal that ended in the deaths of at least 38 hostages and 29 kidnappers, the official said. But three of the militants were captured alive, and one of them described the Egyptians’ role in both assaults

Pakistan coming apart at the seams
Tribune Media Services, by Joel Brinkley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/23/2013 1:14:04 AM     Post Reply
If the Taliban do ever succeed in toppling the government, they would almost certainly seize the nukes -- a terrifying prospect. Distracted by the deadly violence in Mali and Algeria, no one seems to be paying adequate attention to the tragicomedy under way in Pakistan. This matters because events of the last week demonstrate without equivocation that Pakistan is an utterly failed state -- but one that possesses nuclear weapons. The country is tumbling down the abyss. Where else could a fundamentalist Muslim cleric who lives in Canada draw tens of thousands of fans to a rally calling

Legal pot in Washington:
What it should look like
News Tribune [Tacoma, WA], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/23/2013 1:03:56 AM     Post Reply
Here’s a gig. The state Liquor Control Board is looking for consultants who can tell it “how marijuana is grown, cultivated, harvested, cured and processed.” Also, “How marijuana is infused into food and beverages. How marijuana should be packaged, labeled, transported and sold at a retail level. There are plenty of experts out there, no doubt. The question is, do they have to pass a background check? This sums up the fix the liquor board is in as it tries to turn legal marijuana into reality. Initiative 502 ordered the board to create a full-blown, highly regulated industry – “from seed to sale,”

  



Numbers are hard, for teachers
Creators Syndicate, Inc., by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/23/2013 12:51:15 AM     Post Reply
America´s downfall doesn´t begin with the "low-information voter." It starts with the no-knowledge student. For decades, collectivist agitators in our schools have chipped away at academic excellence in the name of fairness, diversity and social justice. "Progressive" reformers denounced Western civilization requirements, the Founding Fathers and the Great Books as racist. They attacked traditional grammar classes as irrelevant in modern life. They deemed ability grouping of students (tracking) bad for self-esteem. They replaced time-tested rote techniques and standard algorithms with

Ben Shapiro: ‘NBC News is a
disaster area, an unholstered
weapon for the left
Daily Caller, by Jamie Weinstein    Original Article
Posted By: Vastrightwingconspirator- 1/23/2013 12:46:27 AM     Post Reply
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro says in a new book that conservatives are getting bullied by the liberals — even by mild-mannered NBC news anchor Brian Williams. “Brian Williams is an excellent example of how the media bullies the right,” said Shapiro, author of the new book ”Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans,” in an email. “He claims objectivity, but he’s obviously a leftist. I don’t mind bias – I’m biased. But I don’t lie about it. He sits atop NBC News, then allows his news outlet to slander George Zimmerman as a ‘white’ guy

North Korea to go nuclear
after tightened UN sanctions
Bloomberg News, by Flavia Krause-Jackson *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/23/2013 12:37:22 AM     Post Reply
North Korea vowed to boost its nuclear capability after the United Nations Security Council, including its ally China, imposed new sanctions against the totalitarian state for last month’s rocket launch. (Snip) North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket in December, boosting its ballistic capabilities after a failure last April. South Korean officials have warned that the North is prepared to conduct a nuclear weapons test ‘‘soon’’ in a follow up to the missile launch. Kim Jong Un, who succeeded his late father Kim Jong Il as North Korea’s leader in December 2011,

Health Insurance Brokers Prepare
Clients For Obamacare Sticker Shock
Forbes Magazine, by Dr. Scott Gottlieb, M.D.    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/23/2013 12:14:24 AM     Post Reply
A California insurance broker, who sells health plans to individuals and small businesses, told me that she’s prepping her clients for a sticker shock. Her local carriers are hinting to her that premiums may triple this fall, when the plans unveil how they’ll billet the full brunt of Obamacare’s new regulations and mandates. California is hardly alone. Around the country, insurers are fixing to raise rates by double digits. They’re privately briefing politicians in Washington on what’s in store. Those briefings are leaving a lot of folks up and down Pennsylvania Avenue jumpy. What’s gives? President Obama, after all

Barack Obama Is Boring
Real Clear Politics, by Robert Tracinski    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/23/2013 12:05:13 AM     Post Reply
I was not going to comment on President Obama´s second inaugural address until I saw a headline quoting a line from the speech: "We are made for this moment." Really? "This moment"—again? (Snip) This is the president´s favorite false alternative: either we do things "alone," or government does them for us "collectively." What this world view leaves out, of course, is the voluntary cooperation of private individuals, particularly their cooperation in the free market. Which is to say that he excludes from his world view the actual majority of human activity. But this is the basic false alternative

Sloane Stephens beats Serena
Williams in Australian Open
BBC News, by Piers Newbery    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/23/2013 12:05:01 AM     Post Reply
Title favourite Serena Williams went out of the Australian Open in a huge shock as injury derailed her hopes against Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals. The 15-time Grand Slam champion led her fellow American by a set and a break, but after being treated for a back spasm in the second set went down 3-6 7-5 6-4. Stephens, 19, is on the verge of breaking into the world´s top 20 and was playing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final. She gave a good account of herself in the opening stages, but Williams looked to have seen off

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