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Frisky Obama: Pelosi ´generates
good-looking grandbabies´
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/8/2013 9:45:21 AM     Post Reply
He´s been hit by Democrats and the press for being aloof and anti-social, a president with a leaden touch even when it comes to his friends. But in just two sentences about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi yesterday during an address to House Democrats holding a retreat in Leesburg, Va., he moved to change that old image. "I love Nancy Pelosi," he said. Then, tapping into "Grandma Mimi´s" real passion, he won the crowd over, saying, "She generates good-looking grandbabies. They´re all so handsome and sharp and beautiful." Speaking off-the-cuff, he indirectly acknowledged criticism that he

Phone hacking: Sarah Ferguson and
Hugh Grant among 144 to win damages
Guardian (UK), by Lisa O´Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 2/8/2013 9:41:01 AM     Post Reply
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is among 144 people who have won substantial damages after settling their phone-hacking claims against the News of the World, the high court has heard. Ferguson is one of 17 individuals who demanded an public apology from the now defunct tabloid´s publisher, News International, at the high court in London on Friday morning. Others who had statements read out in open court after receiving damages include Hugh Grant and Geoffrey Robinson, the Labour MP.

Why are the feds loading up
on so much ammo?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/8/2013 9:12:49 AM     Post Reply
In a puzzling, unexplained development, the Obama administration has been buying and storing vast amounts of ammunition in recent months, with the Department of Homeland Security just placing another order for an additional 21.6 million rounds. Several other federal agencies also began buying large quantities of bullets last year. The Social Security Administration, for instance, not normally considered on the frontlines of anything but dealing with seniors, said its purchases of millions of rounds were for special agents´ quarterly weapons qualifications.[Snip] But DHS has been silent about its need for numerous orders of bullets in the multiple millions.



Republican governors embrace
part of health-care law
Washington Post, by Sarah Kliff    Original Article
Posted By: viola- 2/8/2013 8:54:17 AM     Post Reply
Several Republican governors have embraced a key pillar of President Obama’s health-care law: Extending Medicaid to 17 million Americans. Many Republicans balked at the expansion when the Supreme Court made the Medicaid expansion optional in its ruling last in the summer. Supporters of the law worried that the opposition could undermine the entire health-care overhaul by shrinking the pool of Americans who would gain coverage. But six Republican governors have since come to back the program, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday and Ohio’s John Kasich on Monday. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced her support in mid-January.

Bloomberg PAC spends big
on anti-Halvorson ads
Chicago Tribune, by Rick Pearson & Bill Ruthhart    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2013 8:49:02 AM     Post Reply
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s super political action committee has spent at least $660,000 for 12 days of TV ads blasting Democratic congressional candidate Debbie Halvorson´s past support from the National Rifle Association, records filed by local affiliates of the four major networks showed Thursday. When its current ad buy ends Sunday, the Independence USA super PAC will have aired 574 half-minute broadcast TV commercials to influence the outcome of the 2nd Congressional District special election, records show. Halvorson, a former one-term congresswoman from Crete, has accused Bloomberg of trying to buy an Illinois congressional seat.

Cuomo’s Nixon game
New York Post, by Bob McManus    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 2/8/2013 8:47:50 AM     Post Reply
Democrats kick puppies. No, really. Look what they just did to Ed Cox — the hapless, harmless, endlessly affable chairman of New York’s Republican State Committee. This week Cox accused Gov. Cuomo of cheap grandstanding on issues such as guns and gay marriage while ignoring his real responsibilities. “New York,” said Cox, “has a governor with neither the experience nor the guts to spend his political capital on the necessary steps required to create jobs.” He ticked off some things the governor said he wasn’t going to do but did

New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton,
Marco Rubio More Popular
Than Obama
National Journal, by Michael Catalini    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 2/8/2013 8:45:11 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s second term just got under way, but it´s outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who is far more popular, according to a new Quinnipiac poll testing politicians´ favorability ratings. Need evidence that House Republicans are unpopular? House Speaker John Boehner sits at the bottom of the list, by far, in terms of net favorability. The poll, which surveyed 1,772 registered voters nationally, was conducted between January 30 and February 4. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points. Here´s how all the nine politicians tested fared, from most popular to least.



For a Global Life, Bloomberg
Builds His Own British Empire
New York Times, by Michael M. Grynbaum    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 2/8/2013 8:39:36 AM     Post Reply
LONDON — It is the biggest development in this city’s buzzing financial district, and even Olympics-jaded Londoners call it grandiose: two bronze-and-stone towers, connected by sky-bridges atop the ruins of a 2,000-year-old Roman temple.Bloomberg Place, roughly the size of a Manhattan city block, is the future European home of Michael R. Bloomberg’s company and charity. But it is only one piece of the New York City mayor’s growing British empire.

Tina Brown slams Rihanna: Daily
Beast Editor-in-Chief calls the singer
´a big fat zero as a role model´
New York Daily News, by Rachel Maresca    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 2/8/2013 8:02:37 AM     Post Reply
Rihanna´s show of support for Chris Brown, the man who viciously beat her, at his court hearing Wednesday received a harsh verdict from Tina Brown. The editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast slammed RiRi via Twitter for the stand-by-your-assailant moment, calling the pop diva"a big fat zero as a role model for girls." The "Diamonds" singer, 24, sat front row in court on Wednesday next to Brown´s mom as the judge decided whether her not her on-again boyfriend completed the community service he was sentenced to after brutally assaulting her on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.

Krugman: Death Panels and
Middle-Class Tax Hikes Ahead
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 2/8/2013 7:56:01 AM     Post Reply
Big Government: We almost never agree with President Obama´s favorite economist Paul Krugman, but he recently spoke the truth about where Obama´s policies are taking the country. It should scare anyone with a pulse. Krugman, after speaking at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., was asked about the debt crisis. After arguing it´s no big deal in the near term, Krugman admitted that "Eventually we do have a problem. The population is getting older, health care costs are rising ... . Something is going to have to give." What´s that something?

Levin to Rove: "Bring it on, Karl baby.
Bring it on, doughboy. Bring on
your little whiteboard"
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Hooverdog- 2/8/2013 7:49:12 AM     Post Reply
The back-and-forth verbal jabs between former Bush White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, his deputies at American Crossroads and some of the conservative movement’s so-called “critically important figures” took another intense turn on Mark Levin’s radio show on Thursday, with Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King entering the fray. “[L]et me put something to you folks about Karl Rove — what a propagandist this man is,” Levin said at the end of his program.



Is Hagel Toast?
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/8/2013 7:45:10 AM     Post Reply
Powerline’s John Hinderaker thinks former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be Obama’s defense secretary is already dead. He may be right. Andrew’s post from last evening homes in on why. As Sen. Ted Cruz pointed out in his superb questioning at the confirmation hearing (which irritated all the right people), Hagel has stonewalled the senate regarding transcripts of his prior speeches. Hagel’s propensity to say stupid things is already notorious (see, e.g., the Let Freedom Ring USA video I mentioned yesterday). It’s thus hard to imagine that the substance of the speeches is the problem. No, the issue must be

America Gives Up
American Thinker, by Stella Paul    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 2/8/2013 7:37:57 AM     Post Reply
The other day, I learned that President Obama has canceled our Mars Rover explorations, along with all other planetary missions. NASA´s science mission chief just quit in disgust, and who can blame him? Apparently, even robots´ lives are too precious for us to risk these days, so America is giving up the thrill of discovering space.(snip)Here´s a quick list of some things we´re giving up these days, with little more than a shrug: Making babies (lowest birth rate since 1920). Saturday mail delivery. The Constitution. Hostess Twinkies (though there´s a ray of hope for them).

Why President Obama is about
to deliver his most important
State of the Union address
Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan & Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2013 7:15:16 AM     Post Reply
In four days, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address, an annual speech before Congress that is arguably the most important one a president is tasked with giving. And for Obama, this particular speech may end up being the most important State of the Union of his entire presidency. In a nutshell, this is the speech that is best-suited to embody the ideas of Obama’s presidency. Whereas Obama’s previous State of the Union speeches have been delivered in the shadow of the previous administration or an upcoming election, and future speeches will be likely be

New York´s newest cathedral:
Inside the illuminated arches
of the city´s latest rail
terminal as it´s carved
deep beneath Grand Central
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2013 6:47:08 AM     Post Reply
Buried 16 stories beneath Grand Central Terminal a new commuter rail is being blasted and tunneled out of solid bedrock as part of an audacious $15billion development that will span 14 miles throughout the city. The grand concourse, seen at a massive eight stories high surrounded by dripping stone walls and lapping puddles, will provide more floor space than New Orleans´ Superdome stadium when finished. It is just one of three monumental projects underway beneath New York City´s streets to expand what´s already the nation´s biggest mass transit system transporting 5 million riders a day. But even with blasting



Duke University fraternity
under fire for
Asian themed party
News and Obsever [Raleigh,NC], by Kelly Poe    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 2/8/2013 6:37:49 AM     Post Reply
A Duke University fraternity has been suspended from its national affiliation after complaints about a themed party last week that featured Asian stereotypes. About 200 Duke students gathered Wednesday to protest the Kappa Sigma party, which was held Friday. The party originally was called “Asia Prime” in social media posts that featured references to drinking sake and an exaggerated, stereotypical language, such as saying “Herro” instead of “Hello.”(snip)Still, photos from the party showed mostly white students wearing sumo wrestler costumes and chopsticks in their hair.

Obama says he will focus
on ´job creation´
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2013 6:35:13 AM     Post Reply
LEESBURG, Va.- U.S. President Barack Obama told House Democrats Thursday his State of the Union address will focus on job creation, education and energy independence. Speaking at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Leesburg, Va., the president repeated a theme from his 2012 re-election campaign, that "our economy succeeds and our economy grows when everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody is getting a fair shake and everybody is playing by the same rules." "Because I believe that is a growth agenda -- not just an equity agenda, not just a fairness agenda -- that is a growth agenda,"

DHS Insider: Obama’s cyber
warriors & preparing for collapse
Canada Free Press, by Doug Hagmann    Original Article
Posted By: LOL Thomas- 2/8/2013 6:29:50 AM     Post Reply
The following information was provided to me by my DHS contact on two different occasions. I was asked to withhold the final portion of the information that was provided to me at that time until after the inauguration. (Snip) RB: First of all, two days after the inauguration, at exactly 7:00 a.m. on January 23, something called “the Cyber-Warriors for Obama Project” was activated. I heard about this the week after the election, but only saw a hardcopy draft in late December. From what I was told, I believe this is a project that is being paid

Assisted suicide on legal
agenda in several states
Associated Press, by Susan Haigh    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2013 6:26:23 AM     Post Reply
HARTFORD, Conn.- A push for the legalization of physician-assisted suicide is under way in a half-dozen states where proponents say they see strong support for allowing doctors to prescribe mentally competent, dying individuals with the medications needed to end their own lives. The large number of baby boomers facing end-of-life issues themselves is seen to have made the issue more prominent in recent years. Groups such as Compassion & Choices, a national end-of-life advocacy organization, have been working to advance the cause. Advocates received a boost from last year´s ballot question in Massachusetts on whether to allow physicians

Restored Payroll Tax Pinches
Those Who Earn the Least
New York Times, by Nelson D. Schwartz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2013 6:12:14 AM     Post Reply
Jack Andrews and his wife no longer enjoy what they call date night, their once-a-month outing to the movies and a steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse in Augusta, Ga. In Harlem, Eddie Phillips’s life insurance payment will have to wait a few more weeks. And Jessica Price is buying cheaper food near her home in Orlando, Fla., even though she worries it may not be as healthy. Like millions of other Americans, they are feeling the bite from the sharp increase in payroll taxes that took effect at the beginning of January. There are growing signs that


Burglar Rolls Snake-Eyes in Vegas
American Spectator, by Larry Thornberry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2013 6:08:45 AM     Post Reply
KLAS-TV in Las Vegas reports that in the early morning hours of Tuesday a man in his seventies shot and killed an armed intruder who had just broken into the man’s home along with a couple of armed partners-in-crime. After dialing 9-1-1 and alerting police to the home invasion, the man shot and killed one of the intruders. Police found the late burglar in the back yard of his intended victim’s home next to his (the burglar’s) gun. Two other miscreants, possibly three, fled the homeowner’s field of fire. On their arrival, police captured one of the would-be burglars.

Menendez is about to
find out who his friends
in Washington really are
- Thread Closed
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2013 6:02:08 AM     Post Reply
If Sen. Robert Menendez is half as smart as he thinks he is, he’ll follow Harry Truman’s advice that, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Menendez stands accused of going to the Dominican Republic to bed prostitutes, some underage. He got there via a contributor’s private jet, and he seems to have used his Senate position to help that contributor in a business deal. Although he belatedly coughed up nearly $60,000 for the flights when the FBI started nosing around, the Jersey Democrat insists he’s as pure as the driven snow.

Novelist Patricia Cornwell, accused
of blowing fortune, testifies her
investors squandered the cash and
made illegal political donations
New York Daily News, by Bev Ford    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2013 5:56:52 AM     Post Reply
BOSTON — Best-selling writer Patricia Cornwell accused her former money managers of improperly investing $89 million of her money and making illegal campaign donations that brought the FBI to her door, undermined her art, and even traumatized her dog. Cornwell, taking the stand for the first time in a federal case in Boston against Anchin, Block and Anchin LLP and its former principal Evan Snapper, said the financial gurus invested in risky financial products against her wishes and made unauthorized and illegal transactions from her account, including a $5,000 Bat Mitzvah gift to Snapper´s young daughter. Cornwell, best known for crime novels

Can Obama pair
Keystone, climate action?
Politico, by Andrew Restuccia    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2013 5:53:23 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is approaching two of the most crucial energy decisions of his presidency: Should he disappoint climate activists by approving the Keystone XL pipeline? And should he anger industry groups by imposing tough greenhouse gas limits on existing power plants? But the president may have a third option: trying to placate both sides. Greenlighting Keystone while he moves forward with the power plant regulations could limit the political fallout from either move, handing Republicans a win on the pipeline and Democrats a victory on climate change. The White House isn’t tipping its hand, but environmental advocates

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