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Some families to be priced
out of health overhaul
Associated Press, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 10:04:34 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what´s being called a glitch in President Barack Obama´s overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president´s plan had hoped. As a result, some families that can´t afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own. How many people will be affected is unclear. The Obama administration says its hands were tied by the way Congress

Non-Profit Organizing for Action
Displays Obama Campaign Logo
in Immigration Email
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 9:43:53 PM     Post Reply
Organizing for Action, the non-profit iteration of Barack Obama´s campaign organization, decorated its first big email blast with the well-known campaign logo of Obama for America. Jim Messina, the chairman of Organizing for Action, purportedly authored the email sent Tuesday, featuring the subject line "I need to know: Are you ready to get this done?" Messina was referring to the President´s new immigration legislation proposals, which he promoted at a campaign-style event in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday. The language of the email is similar to emails sent by Obama for

The Cost of Obama’s
Regulatory Explosion
Weekly Standard, by Jeffrey H. Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 9:36:57 PM     Post Reply
As Adam White discusses in detail, there’s nothing moderate or incremental about the increase in federal regulations — and hence in centralized executive power — under President Obama. To the contrary (as White notes), according to figures published by the Obama White House (see table 2-1), the costs of regulations issued by this administration have dwarfed the costs of regulations issued by prior administrations. In fact, as the chart below shows, the costs of “major” regulations — those estimated to cost at least $100 million in any one year (in 2001 dollars) — issued by the Obama

  


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Marco Rubio Better Answer
Some Questions First
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 9:32:03 PM     Post Reply
Republicans who support granting amnesty to foreign nationals residing in the United States illegally better answer some questions first. I have previously argued that warm and fuzzy feelings toward the GOP will not grow in minority communities simply because some Republicans accept as lawful what was once lawless. The racial interest groups such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and LULAC have such a stranglehold in these communities that no GOP compromise will break it. Racially polarized voting patterns among blacks and Hispanics are the

Complaint: Sebelius’ illegal
campaign trip for Obama
worse than we thought
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 9:23:07 PM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law by campaigning for President Obama on the taxpayers’ dime, but now that initial violation has the Democratic National Committee and an HHS aide in the spotlight for related alleged infractions. A nonprofit government watchdog filed a complaint alleging that the DNC violated campaign finance law by misreporting the money it spent to reimburse HHS for Sebelius’ trip in a way that masked the fact that the Hatch Act, a ban on political campaigning by government employees working in their official capacity,

Obama: I’m not a king, I can’t
just ignore immigration laws
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 9:16:24 PM     Post Reply
Although President Obama was willing to order the federal government to stop deporting young ‘DREAMer’ illegal immigrants last summer, he signaled in an interview with Latino network Telemundo that he couldn’t allow all illegal immigrants to stay. Host Jose Diaz-Balart fairly asked him why he couldn’t extend the same benefits to illegal immigrants already in America. “Yesterday in your Las Vegas rally I met Leticia. She is an undocumented mother of three. And she and so many other people– ask me to ask you, ‘Why can’t you do for them what you did for the DREAMers?’” he asked

Obama Operatives Training
Media How to Sell Obamacare
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 9:10:27 PM     Post Reply
The Old Media is getting a little help from team Obama on how to report about Obamacare the "correct" way. To achieve that goal, Obama operatives are setting up propaganda symposiums for journalists and giving large cash donations to journalism associations to help spread Obama´s word. This Obamacare propaganda campaign seriously blurs the line between government and "journalism" and seems to be a blatant attempt by team Obama to write the media´s Obamacare stories for them. Rusty Weiss recently discussed a series of large donations made to the Society of American Business

  


  

Obama’s path toward energy poverty
Washington Times, by Tom Harris    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 9:04:10 PM     Post Reply
In his inaugural address last week, President Obama demonstrated that he is putting people at risk with misguided climate and energy policies. If there really were an increased threat from “raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms,” as the president indicated in his speech, then America would need more, not fewer sources of reliable and affordable energy to prepare for and cope with these hazards. More electricity would be needed to handle greater demands for air conditioning and heating. More power would be required to irrigate drought-ridden lands, build dikes,

Did Alabama Supreme Court
deliver a blow to Roe v. Wade?
Washington Times, by Paul E. Rondeau    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 8:57:37 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON, DC - Some pro-lifers think that the Alabama Supreme Court dealt a massive blow to Roe v. Wade by specifically stating that the preborn child is a person (and therefore protected by the 14th Amendment). The Court´s ruling exposes 40 years of hypocrisy and delusions in American law resulting from the most diabolic decree ever issued by an institution of man. The case involved two women tried for placing their preborn children at risk through the use of illegal drugs during pregnancy. One newborn tested positive for cocaine, the other

U.S. corporations fear big
tax hikes in White House budget
Reuters, by Kim Dixon    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/30/2013 8:56:39 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - U.S. corporations fear they will be the main course on a menu calling for hundreds of billions of dollars in new tax revenue that President Barack Obama is expected to seek in his annual budget proposal, expected within weeks. Fresh off a political win that raised tax rates on the affluent and averted the so-called "fiscal cliff," Obama is not likely to back away from past proposals he has sought to close tax loopholes and raise taxes on many big companies, said former advisers to the president. Indeed, some lobbyists who represent Corporate America said they fear Obama

U.S. Spent $424K on Research With
Muslim Scholars to Stop HIV Among
Prostitutes, Drug Users in Syria
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Burke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 8:48:24 PM     Post Reply
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave $424,062 in tax dollars to researchers who worked with Muslim scholars to develop strategies to prevent HIV infection among prostitutes, homosexuals, and IV-drug users in Aleppo, Syria. The project was not completed because of the outbreak of the rebellion in Syria. “I’m very disappointed we weren’t able to carry out this project as far as we had hoped, but sometimes things happen and that’s the way it is,” Professor David Seal of Tulane University, the principal researcher, told CNSNews.com. “It’s unfortunate, but human safety comes first.”

  


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Wind turbine collapses
in high wind
Telegraph [UK], by Louise Gray    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2013 8:45:45 PM     Post Reply
The £250,000 tower, which stood as tall as a six storey building, was hit by gale force gusts of 50mph. The structure then collapsed at a farm in Bradworth, Devon, leaving a "mangled wreck". Margaret Coles, Chairwoman of Bradworthy District Council, said hail storms and strong winds have hit the area and the turbine, installed just three years ago, simply could not withstand the wind. "The bolts on the base could not withstand the wind and as we are a very windy part of the country they [the energy company] have egg on their face," she said. "There are concerns

Salary details of ONE THIRD of
Americans shared with credit
agency Equifax in ´biggest
privacy breach in our time´
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 8:42:26 PM     Post Reply
It has been revealed that secret salary records of more than one-third of Americans have been shared by their employers with the credit rating agency Equifax. Described as one of the biggest privacy breaches of the modern age, 190 million employment and salary records have been sold to debt collectors and financial service companies through an Equifax-owned subsidiary called The Work Number. Originally created as a fast and easy way to check the employment history of new staff, it has been revealed that The Work Number´s database is so detailed it contains week-by-week paycheck information dating back years

Obama expects immigration
reform bill as early as June
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 8:26:10 PM     Post Reply
President Obama said Wednesday he expects an immigration reform bill will be signed into law by year’s end, and possibly as early as June. “I’m hopeful that this can get done, and I don’t think that it should take many, many months,” Obama said in an interview with Telemundo. “I think this is something we should be able to get done certainly this year and I’d like to see if we could get it done sooner, in the first half of the year if possible.” Telemundo is the second-largest Spanish-language television network in the U.S. Obama also interviewed

Media Bias in the Age of Obama
Commentary Magazine, by Pete Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Piercentire- 1/30/2013 8:20:51 PM     Post Reply
The soft and at times obsequious interview Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” did with Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton) has received a lot of justifiable criticism. (Conor Friedersdorf demolishes Kroft in this piece.) Mr. Kroft didn’t help himself when he told CNN’s Piers Morgan that one of the reasons the president turns to Kroft so often is that he doesn’t use “gotcha questions” on Mr. Obama–the kind that “60 Minutes” routinely used against President Bush and other Republicans like Representative Eric Cantor.

  


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Obama´s Thunderdome Strategy
Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Henninger    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2013 7:38:10 PM     Post Reply
Few are the men and women in American public life who haven´t heard Mr. Dooley´s famous aphorism: "Politics ain´t beanbag." John Boehner, currently serving out his community service as speaker of the House, appears to have been meditating on Mr. Dooley´s cautionary wisdom. At the Ripon Society last week he said the Obama administration was trying "to annihilate the Republican Party." Better late than never, Speaker Boehner now sees that Barack Obama´s notion of political competition is Mad Max inside the Thunderdome: "Two men enter, one man leaves." Last week during the president´s second inaugural address,

A Military Coup In Egypt?
We Can Think Of Worse
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2013 7:13:12 PM     Post Reply
The Egyptian army hints that it may step in if the new Islamist government can´t keep order. Idealists will cringe, but a coup may be the only way to put the country on track to real freedom. There are some things the U.S. government can´t say out loud — such as, "We´d like to see this elected government kicked out by the military." But even Barack Obama may now be quietly hoping for a reboot, courtesy of the Egyptian army. Obama´s administration was so taken with the social-media theater of the Arab Spring that it ditched a

As GDP Falls, President
Obama Runs Out of Excuses
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2013 7:06:07 PM     Post Reply
Obamanomics: The economy shrank last quarter, the deficit topped $1 trillion last year, U.S. debt shot up $5 trillion in the past four, and joblessness is at 7.8%. Boy, President Obama sure inherited an economic mess, didn´t he? According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the economy "unexpectedly" declined 0.1% in last three months of 2012, the first decline since early 2009. The Obama administration, naturally, tried to look for scapegoats, this time settling on Hurricane Sandy and Republican-induced uncertainty over the "fiscal cliff" outcome. But if that were the case, why was the administration running

Patty Andrews dies at 94;
Andrews Sisters´ last surviving member
Los Angeles Times, by Rebecca Trounson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 6:55:48 PM     Post Reply
They were the swinging, sassy voice of the homefront for U.S. service personnel overseas during World War II, singing catchy hit tunes such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Rum and Coca Cola" that delighted Americans and catapulted the Andrews Sisters to the very top of the pop charts. One of the most successful female recording groups in pop history, the sisters — LaVerne, Maxene and Patty Andrews — became a beloved American institution, lifting the nation´s spirits during a conflict whose outcome seemed often in doubt. When the war ended in 1945,

$11,000 reward offered in
slaying of girl ´destined
for great things´
Chicago Tribune, by Jennifer Delgado, Bridget Doyle*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 6:40:14 PM     Post Reply
With outrage over his daughter´s death spreading from City Hall to the White House, Nathaniel Pendleton made a public plea Wednesday for someone to step forward and bring the 15-year-old´s killer to justice. "They took the light of my life," Pendleton said at a news conference, where a $11,000 reward was announced for information about Tuesday´s slaying of Hadiya Pendleton. "This guy, whoever he was, the gunman, man, you took the light of my life. Just look at yourself and just know that you took a bright person, an innocent person, a non-violent person."

  



French capture Islamists´
last major Malian town
Associated Press, by Krista Larson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2013 6:37:14 PM     Post Reply
Sevare, Mali - French forces met no resistance Wednesday in Kidal, the Islamists´ last major town, as the two-week-old mission scored another success in its effort to dislodge the al-Qaida-linked militants from northern Mali. The capture of Kidal came just days after French and Malian forces retook two other provincial capitals - Gao and Timbuktu - that also had been under harsh Islamic rule for nearly 10 months. (Snip) "The Islamist extremists have not been defeated; they have melted into the heat haze of the desert." Many fear the Islamists now will attempt to hide among civilian populations

Kerry thanks Politico reporter
in farewell address
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/30/2013 6:36:19 PM     Post Reply
During his farewell address to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, incoming Secretary of State John Kerry thanked staffers, Capitol Hill Subway operators, the Capitol Police and other assorted personnel who assist in the day-to-day operation of Congress. But Kerry also had some particularly kind words reserved for the media, in particular one member of the press corps: Politico’s David Rogers. “[I] thank the reporters who catch us in the hallways, trap us, ambush us in the

The Dirty Word in
Immigration Reform
U.S. News & World Report, by Kenneth T. Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 6:21:13 PM     Post Reply
Amnesty is still the dirty word in the debate over immigration, as it has been for many years, and it could torpedo comprehensive immigration legislation in Congress. Despite initial happy talk, differences are appearing between President Obama and a key bipartisan group of senators over what should be done about illegal immigration. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, says Obama is not placing sufficient emphasis on strengthening border security before creating a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. Rubio says Obama is leaving "the impression that he believes reforming immigration quickly

Outrage as high school
recites Pledge in Arabic
saying ´One Nation Under Allah´
Daily Mail (UK), by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 6:15:25 PM     Post Reply
Fury is brewing at Rocky Mountain High School, in Colorado, after a multicultural student group were encouraged to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the loudspeaker in Arabic - replacing ´one nation under God´ with ´one nation under Allah´. Following Monday´s pledge, Principal Tom Lopez has been inundated with complaints from outraged parents concerned that saying the Pledge in any language other than English is unpatriotic. Standing by his controversial decision, Principal Lopez has said that despite the irate telephone calls and emails, he is not in any way or form trying to push an

TWENTY Tornadoes tear through
Southeast, leaving two dead,
homes destroyed and tractor-
trailers overturned on the road
Associated Press/Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 6:00:45 PM     Post Reply
A massive,1,000-mile-long storm that formed at least 20 tornadoes beat down on six states throughout the Southeast today, leaving at least two people dead. A Georgia town was devastated with overturned cars on an interstate, wrecked homes and at least one person killed. Another person in Tennessee was also dead. Footage showed a funnel cloud roaring through the downtown area of Adairsville, Ga., about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, flipping cars and demolishing a home. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO -The massive storm system caused at least 20 tornadoes throughout six states, ranging from Missouri to Georgia, USA Today said.

Report: IRS hiring new
employees faster
The Hill [Washington DC], by Bernie Becker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 5:52:38 PM     Post Reply
The IRS is doing a better job at getting new employees on board quickly, a new federal audit has found. The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration found that the IRS has almost met the goal, set by the Office of Personnel Management, to bring on new hires in 80 days or less. By contrast, the agency said in 2009 that it was taking an average of 157 days – or roughly five months – to hire staffers. In its report, the inspector general found that the IRS had implemented a more automated hiring process,

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