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Thanks to Medicare, Rep. McDermott
´Did Nothing´ for His Parents
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 11:41:22 AM     Post Reply
It´s the job of government, not families, to take care of grandma, says Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. McDermott, appearing on C-SPAN Tuesday, said he opposes cuts to Medicare, the government program that paid his own parents´ medical bills: "Now we have a Medicare program, where my father -- and my father lived to 93, my mother to 97 -- and my brothers and sisters and I did nothing for them, except pay their taxes." McDermott said there is no reason to cut Medicare benefits for senior citizens, even though spending will

Rubio: Same-sex rights not a ‘central
issue’ for immigration reform
Hill [Washington,DC], by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/6/2013 11:38:16 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says he hopes extending equal immigration rights to same-sex couples does not become a “central issue” as lawmakers weigh measures to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. "I think if that issue becomes a central issue in the debate it´s going to become harder to get it done because there will be strong feelings on both sides,” said Rubio in an interview with Buzzfeed on Tuesday. (Snip) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who signed on to the Senate proposal, said that including that provision would sink Republican support. On Tuesday, a group of Democratic lawmakers reintroduced

CBO: Entitlements, ObamaCare To
Make Up 53% of Federal Spending
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Cover    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 11:36:08 AM     Post Reply
According to projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), entitlements and ObamaCare spending will comprise 53 percent of all federal spending over the coming decade, totaling $24.9 trillion. In its updated Budget and Economic Outlook report released on Tuesday, the CBO projects that Social Security will account for $11.149 trillion in spending from 2014 to 2023 while federal health care entitlements, including Medicare, Medicaid, and ObamaCare, will spend $13.85 trillion. (That total includes TRICARE, CHIP, and "other" spending listed by the CBO under healthcare.)



Obamacare´s Exemptions From
Insurance Mandate Will Leave
Millions Uninsured
Investor´s Business Daily, by Betsy McCaughey    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/6/2013 11:33:58 AM     Post Reply
On Jan. 30, the Obama administration unveiled a long list of exemptions from the ObamaCare insurance mandate. Flaws and contradictions in the law will cause millions of people to be uninsured. The administration also estimated that the cheapest family plan will cost $20,000 by 2016. This new information indicates that the Affordable Care Act is failing in both goals: making insurance affordable and covering the uninsured. Children are the biggest victims. The hastily drafted law, passed before it was read, overlooked them. The law says that beginning in 2014, employers with 50 or more full-time

Obamacare red tape burden:
127,602,371 hours yearly
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 11:30:12 AM     Post Reply
Complying with the raging tsunami of new Obamacare rules and regulations will cost American businesses and families 127 million hours annually, enough time to carve out another 1,039 Mount Rushmores which took 14 years complete, according to a new House report. Based on figures from President Obama´s own Office of Management and Budget and Internal Revenue Service, the new report provided to Secrets reveals that the health reform law set to fully go into effect in 11 months will be the most costly federal burden to hit American in generations.

Wyden Hints at Brennan
Roll Call, by Humberto Sanchez    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/6/2013 11:25:54 AM     Post Reply
Annapolis, Md.—Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., had stern words for the White House and its nominee to take over the CIA on Wednesday, threatening to “pull out all the stops” in his effort to get legal analysis for targeted killings of U.S. citizens suspected of being terrorists. “I want it understood that because this is such a central [issue], you have an individual with enormous influence who is really the architect of the counterterror policy in the Obama administration that I am going to pull out all the stops to get the actual legal analysis because with out it,

Boy Scouts delay decision
on admitting gays
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 11:24:19 AM     Post Reply
A decision on whether the Boy Scouts of America will keep its policy that excludes gay members and leaders will not be voted on until the organization´s annual meeting in May, the national executive board said Wednesday. Deron Smith, the BSA director of public relations, said the executive board will prepare a resolution to be voted on by the 1,400 voting members of the national council. "After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization,



Ahmadinejad: Iran is
already a nuclear power
Jerusalem Post, by Ariel Ben Solomon, & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 2/6/2013 11:19:02 AM     Post Reply
Iran already has nuclear capabilities but is not interested in attacking Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview published Wednesday in the Egyptian media. Ahmadinejad arrived in Egypt on Tuesday on the first trip by an Iranian head of state since the 1979 revolution, underlining the thaw in relations since Egyptians elected an Islamist head of state last year. The president´s visit to Cairo is for an Islamic summit due to begin Wednesday. The world must now relate to Iran as an atomic power, Ahmadinejad told Al-Ahram
Headline split by staff

Geithner to Council
on Foreign Relations
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 11:18:12 AM     Post Reply
Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is joining the Council on Foreign Relations, the president of the organization tweeted Wednesday morning. “[Former] sec of Treasury Tim Geithner joining #CFR as distinguished fellow. Thrilled to have this leading [practitioner] & thinker in our midst,” tweeted CFR President Richard Haass. Geithner, the former president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York was a senior fellow at the Council in 2001 and will be based in New York, at the organization’s headquarters, according to information published exclusively in POLITICO’s Playbook, by Mike Allen. “We are thrilled to welcome Tim

Shapiro: Obama Israel trip
´without precondition´
Jerusalem Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 2/6/2013 11:14:34 AM     Post Reply
US President Barack Obama´s upcoming visit to Jerusalem - the first of its kind since he entered the White House in 2009 - will be without precondition, US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told Israel Radio on Wednesday morning. Obama will discuss three main issues with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: restarting the peace process with the Palestinians, the Iranian nuclear program and the civil war in Syria and the risks it poses to Israel, Shapiro told Israel Radio. "President Obama very much respects the Israeli political process," he said. "He won´t intervene in elections or coalition talks,

Bruce Willis Speaks Out Against
Stricter Gun Control Laws
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2013 11:13:00 AM     Post Reply
While Hollywood liberals such as Jim Carrey mock gun owners in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre, Bruce Willis on Wednesday strongly came out in support of the Second Amendment. Speaking to the Associated Press, Willis said, "I think that you can´t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it´s all going to become undone."´´If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn´t they take all your rights away from you?" Willis rhetorically asked. Yet the star of the upcoming film "Good Day to Die Hard" wasn´t



R.I.P., Barney: How ´Barney Cam´
made George W. Bush´s
dog a Web star
Los Angeles Times, by Jimmy Orr    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/6/2013 11:09:45 AM     Post Reply
"Mr. Orr, this is the White House operator." As a White House spokesman, I received phone calls like this all the time. But this was the first time the president´s secretary had ordered me to report to the Oval Office immediately. Before 7 a.m. on a Saturday. It was December 2003. Iraq was all over the news. We were closing in on the capture of Saddam Hussein. But — and the nation should be thankful — this wasn´t my domain. President George W. Bush had another reason for calling for me now. Barney Cam. How it happened - Whenever I'm asked to speak about my tenure in the White House,

GOP lawmakers question
citizenship pathway
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2013 11:09:12 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- House Republicans cast doubt on a citizenship path for the United States´ 11 million undocumented immigrants, with some calling for legal residency and no more. "Are there options that we should consider between the extremes of mass deportation and a pathway to citizenship for those not lawfully present in the United States?" House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., asked during the first of several hearings on immigration reform. He asked the question of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, a hearing witness. Castro, a rising Hispanic star in the Democratic Party, said he didn´t

Obama Interior pick: Global
warming hurt profits
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 11:07:50 AM     Post Reply
REI, the popular outfitter run by President Obama´s choice to head the Interior Department, cited the impact of global warming as a reason for poor profits in its most recent annual report. "We experienced strong sales in 2011. However, because winter weather failed to arrive, our profitability was impacted," said Brian Unmacht, executive vice president of Recreational Equipment Inc., which has three outlets in the Washington area. Obama´s pick is REI CEO Sally Jewell, who has run the firm since 2005. Under Jewell, REI has blossomed while pursuing a green agenda aimed at cutting

I´ve Been a Limousine
American Thinker, by David Lawrence    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/6/2013 11:04:49 AM     Post Reply
As an adolescent, I was a limousine liberal in my dad´s house in Great Neck. I felt compassion for all the needy of the world and admired the communists who were trying to spread the wealth in equal, fair shares to people of unequal talents, efforts, and ambitions. (snip) I´ve been a limousine liberal twice in my life: in the sixties in my dad´s Lincoln, in the eighties and nineties in my Rolls-Royce



U.S. Postal Service to
cut Saturday delivery
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 10:47:31 AM     Post Reply
No more Saturday mail. That’s the solution reached by U.S. Postal Service officials to trim $2 billion from the budget, to be formally announced Wednesday. The USPS will halt Saturday mail delivery service, starting in August, according to The Associated Press. The USPS will still deliver packages six days a week. The move follows postal trends: Since 2010, the USPS reports package delivery rose by 14 percent, while letter delivery declined. The USPS has pushed for a cost-cutting, five-delivery schedule for years, but Congress has resisted. Ostensibly, the USPS will still need to obtain congressional

Murder in Turkey
Strikes Close to Home
American Thinker, by Alicia Colon    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/6/2013 10:47:21 AM     Post Reply
It was a note on my daughter´s Facebook page asking for prayers for Sarai Sierra, the young mother of two, then missing for a week traveling alone in Turkey, that made me wonder if my daughter knew her. Sarai Sierra´s battered body was discovered near a highway in Istanbul, last weekend. (Snip) I was even more shocked when I saw her picture after she was found murdered in Istanbul for I recognized her as a girl who grew up with my children. In fact I also knew quite well the woman who was supposed to have traveled with Sarai

CA Democrats Try Hiking the
Cost of Gun Ownership. Women,
Minorities Will Be Hardest
Hit, But the Dems Don’t Care
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 10:43:49 AM     Post Reply
Having gotten away with forcing Americans to purchase insurance as the price of breathing, the Democratic Party is trying to force Californians to purchase insurance as the price of exercising their Second Amendment right of self-defense. Democratic lawmakers proposed legislation Tuesday that would require California gun owners to buy liability insurance to cover damages or injuries caused by their weapons. Similar bills have been introduced in other states after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. They include Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York.

Rising Democratic star doesn’t
know if violent gang members
should be deported
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 10:32:42 AM     Post Reply
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro refused to allow that members of violent gangs should be deported before they commit crimes while participating in gang activities. “I believe in ensuring that America is free of folks that have committed violent crimes,” Castro, who received national attention as a speaker at the Democratic National Convention, told Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-Va., during the House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform. “With regard to the hypothetical,” Castro also said, “I readily concede that I’m not in law enforcement, I’m not a technical expert in that regard.” Forbes explained that he was

More UFO sightings along Eagle Ford
KSAT [San Antonio TX], by David Sears    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/6/2013 10:27:21 AM     Post Reply
ARTESIAN WELLS, Texas -The oil boom across the Eagle Ford Shale is creating another kind of boom: more and more UFO sightings seem to be happening across the big sky of South Texas. A security camera at an oil rig near Cotulla caught an image of something that appeared to be a unidentified flying object. An oil rig worker caught something on his cell phone that he didn´t recognize. A rancher witnessed lights darting across the sky over an oil rig about 3 miles from her home near Artesian Wells. "We knew it was something beyond our expectations,


Cantor signals shift
on immigration as he
lays out GOP agenda
Los Angeles Times, by Michael A. Memoli    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 10:23:49 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor outlined a kinder, gentler House Republican agenda for the coming term that puts a greater emphasis on kitchen table issues, and called for a path to citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants. Two years after the Republicans came to power in the House on a wave of tea party fervor, Cantor’s speech at a DC think tank Tuesday – entitled “Making Life Work” – marked the start of an effort to move beyond the budget fights that have come to define the party at a time of divided government.

Liberal Think Tank: Working Less
Could Slow Global Warming
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 10:19:11 AM     Post Reply
A liberal Washington, D.C. think tank released a study that claims global warming can be slowed if people worked less. The liberal Center for Economic Policy and Research suggests a worldwide switch to a "more European work schedule, which includes working fewer hours and more vacation time." The Center´s study claims a more European schedule "could prevent as much as half of the expected global temperature rise by 2100." The study claims the less people work, the less carbon gets emitted. "The relationship between [shorter work and lower emissions] is complex and clearly understood, but it is understandable

Britain faces risk of power
cuts due to solar storms
Telegraph [UK], by Nick Collins    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/6/2013 10:14:40 AM     Post Reply
Britain could face the risk of power cuts due to solar storms as the Sun enters an 11-year peak in activity, a new report claims. Lloyds of London warned that bursts of charged particles given off by the Sun could disrupt GPS networks and interfere with rail signals and aeroplane autopilot systems. Solar storms occur often but are more frequent when the sun is at the most active phase of its cycle, meaning the greatest risk of a major storm is within the coming years. Tom Bolt, of Lloyd´s, said: "Space storms are not science fiction--they can affect everything

Just Call Me the
Catholic BuzzFeed?
National Review Online, by Kathryn Jean Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/6/2013 10:14:23 AM     Post Reply
A colleague sent me this Buzzfeed list of interesting items on Speaker of the House John Boehner’s desk, which, in my humble opinion, happens to miss all the interesting items on his desk in the highlighted photo:(Snip for photos)Like the daily devotional:And the St. Peter statue: And the mini-book by a Dominican priest on the Holy Name of Jesus:D.C.’s Donald Cardinal Wuerl’s book on The Mass:And peaking out from behind his desk lamp, by St. Peter, is St. Thomas More, about whom the speaker recently had a few words to say, mentioning his image in the Capitol building.

´No such thing as Falkland islanders´,
says Argentine foreign minister
Telegraph [UK], by Damien McElroy    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/6/2013 10:10:32 AM     Post Reply
Hector Timerman claimed the United Nations only acknowledges two parties in the territorial disputet--the UK and Argentina. Speaking at a press conference in central London today, Mr Timerman said: "The Falklands islanders do not exist. What exists is British citizens who live in the Islas Malvinas. "The United Nations does not recognise a third party in the conflict. It says there are just two parts--the UK and Argentina." Argentine diplomats organised a conference of activists based in Europe to plan future acts of agitation over the islands. Mr Timerman said that "everybody" in Argentina still felt the "effects of

Hillary Clinton unveils glamorous
new website days after leaving
State Department as 2016
speculation mounts
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/6/2013 10:08:19 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton has launched a new home page just days after stepping down as Secretary of State - further fueling speculation that she is positioning herself to run for president in 2016. Clinton´s 2008 presidential campaign now links to the new page, www.hillaryclintonoffice.com. Clinton has been coyly answering questions about her ambitions for high office ever since President Barack Obama was reelected in November. Her new site went live on January 31, the same day she finally disbanded her 2008

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