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The 2013 Grammys Recap
Atlantic, by Esther Zuckerman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/11/2013 5:42:33 AM     Post Reply
Though no artist swept like Adele did last year, this year´s Grammy show was a good one awards-wise for Mumford & Sons, fun., and Frank Ocean, who all took home prizes. Prince showed up and gave Record of the Year to Gotye and Kimbra. As for performances: Justin Timberlake turned our televisions into a real-life Instagram, Carrie Underwood wore a magical dress, and Bruno Mars joined with Sting, Rihanna, and Ziggy Marley. Taylor Swift seemed to be enjoying herself the entire time. The winners are here, and you can re-live the entire night (with GIFs) below.

Details Emerging in Menendez Case
New York Times, by Eric Lipton & William K. Rashbaum    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/11/2013 5:39:22 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Senator Robert Menendez sought to discourage any plan by the United States government to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic, citing concern that the advanced screening gear might undermine efforts by a private company — run by a major campaign contributor and friend of his — to do the work. The intervention with the Department of Homeland Security last month came even though Mr. Menendez has publicly chastised the Obama administration for not doing more to combat the surging drug traffic moving through Dominican ports. And it came shortly after the senator’s friend,

Goon City
National Review Online, by Jillian Kay Melchoir    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/11/2013 5:31:53 AM     Post Reply
The engineer’s wife caught his brutal beating on camera. Just seconds before, the couple had arrived at the open-shop construction site in downtown Philadelphia, walking past the cluster of union protesters who had congregated outside the fence. As the engineer tried to enter the site through a tiny gap between a chain-link fence and a stone wall, the protesters rushed him, pressing the fence against his body and pinning him. The engineer shouted out, then howled, clutching the fence with both hands. His cries grew hysterical as he thrashed, first trying to escape, and then simply trying to shield himself.

  


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The Absentee Commander in Chief
Wall Street Journal, by William Kristol & Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/11/2013 5:23:53 AM     Post Reply
We´ve both had the honor to work in the White House. We´ve seen presidents, vice presidents, chiefs of staff and national security advisers during moments of international crisis. We know that in these moments human beings make mistakes. There are failures of communication and errors of judgment. Perfection certainly isn´t the standard to which policy makers should be held. But there are standards. If Americans are under attack, presidential attention must be paid. Due diligence must be demonstrated. A president must take care that his administration does everything it can do.

Think the dig-out after
Nemo was bad? These photographs
show how 19th century Americans
dealt with snow removal (and
all without the help of a
single salt truck)
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2013 5:12:21 AM     Post Reply
While Northeastern residents had to shovel sidewalks and deal with slushy, salty roadways following Winter Storm Nemo, the mundane task of snow removal is nothing new. In fact, Americans in the 19th and early 20th century embraced the powdery white snow, as it made travel by horse-drawn sleigh more practical and fun. Snow wardens were often employed by townships and cities to make sure the snow was compact for their horses, and that there was enough snowfall on covered bridges so the carriages could pass through seamlessly.

Reconstructing Obama´s
Columbia Transcript
American Thinker, by Michael Iachetta    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 2/11/2013 5:11:58 AM     Post Reply
Jason Kissner recently questioned President Obama´s whereabouts in spring 1982, and also discussed in passing some of the courses Obama took while at Columbia. In response, I would like to try my hand at reconstructing the Columbia part of Obama´s college transcript based on the published record and my own knowledge of Columbia´s requirements as an ´84 graduate of the college. This reconstruction may be of interest to those who are curious about this part of Obama´s undergraduate education, and it may also shed light on where Obama must have been in spring 1982.

Roger Ailes´ Border War
New Republic, by Eliza Gray    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/11/2013 5:10:43 AM     Post Reply
Roger Ailes is kvetching. “The president likes to divide people into groups,” he huffs into the phone. “He’s too busy getting the middle class to hate rich people, blacks to hate whites. He is busy trying to get everybody to hate each other.” With that off his chest, Ailes gets back on message. “We need to get along,” he says. It’s an unexpected plea from the Fox News CEO considering his impressive record of provocation. But recently, “getting along” has become an imperative for the conservative movement. Mitt Romney lost the Latino vote by nearly 50 points,

  


  

Obama weighing executive actions
on housing, gays and other issues
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/11/2013 4:57:34 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress, including policies that could allow struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages, provide new protections for gays and lesbians, make buildings more energy-efficient and toughen regulations for coal-fired power plants, according to people outside the White House involved in discussions on the issues. One of the first orders is expected this week, when the Obama administration will call for the creation of new standards on what critical private-sector companies should do to protect their computer systems from hackers.

Debate simmers over
doctors asking about guns
Virginian-Pilot [Hampton Roads, VA], by Amy Jeter    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/11/2013 4:54:29 AM     Post Reply
Do you have a gun in your home? For some, that´s a loaded question - particularly when asked by a doctor. A debate is simmering over when and whether physicians should be allowed to talk to their patients about firearms. Doctor groups say physicians are obligated to warn their patients about guns along with other health risks, such as riding in a car without wearing a seat belt. However, gun rights advocates balk at what they see as a needless invasion of privacy and blatant attempt at gun control advocacy. State and federal lawmakers are weighing in.

A Temporary Majority
Weekly Standard, by Jay Cost    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/11/2013 4:47:44 AM     Post Reply
A tradition after each national election, presidential or midterm, is for the pundit class to pontificate on whether and how the results point to a realignment. This exercise dates back at least to the publication of The Emerging Republican Majority by Kevin Phillips in 1969, and it continues to this day. Now, of course, the hot topic is the so-called emerging Democratic majority, dominated by young people, nonwhites, and upscale social liberals. Pundits across the political spectrum are offering free advice to the Republican party on how to change its ways lest it face extinction at the hands

Obama coming to Chicago to
´talk about the gun violence´
Chicago Tribune, by Ellen Jean Hirst, Naomi Nix*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2013 4:46:39 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will visit Chicago on Friday, when he will discuss gun violence as he focuses on his economic message from Tuesday´s State of the Union address, according to the White House. Obama will "talk about the gun violence that has tragically affected too many families in communities across Chicago and across the country," a White House official said in a statement. The president´s visit answers calls from Chicago anti-violence activists that Obama talk about the recent spate of gun violence in the city, several of the activists said. "This is an important issue," said Cathy Cohen, founder of

  


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Westminster Dog Show:
Where Judging Is Dog-Beat-Dog
ABC News, by Sarah Netter    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/11/2013 4:43:01 AM     Post Reply
Across the country leashes have been clipped, dog beds tossed into suitcases and man´s best friend has prepared for his moment in the sun. Roll out the red carpet, New York City, the big Apple is going to the dogs. A lot of dogs. This year´s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which kicks off Monday morning, will bring more than 2,000 dogs to Madison Square Garden. It is considered the dog show of the year. A who´s who for the canine set. There will be posh poodles, commanding coonhounds, dapper dachshunds and prancing Pomeranians,

Report: Menendez Intervention
May Have Damaged Anti-Cocaine Efforts
Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/11/2013 4:42:11 AM     Post Reply
If the mainstream media, including both the New York Times and CNN, have seemed more eager than usual to entertain corruption accusations against a powerful Democrat, that may be because new details are emerging that are tough to ignore. The Times, which called upon Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to be relieved of his chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, now points to a possible link to anti-cocaine efforts. In an article appearing in Monday’s edition, Times reporters Eric Lipton and William K. Rashbaum highlight Menendez’s apparent public intervention in July 2012 on behalf of a friend, Dr. Salomon Mengen,

Northeast returns to
everyday routines after snow
Associated Press, by David Klepper*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/11/2013 4:39:50 AM     Post Reply
NEWPORT, R.I. -- As electricity returns and highways reopen, Northeast residents are getting back to their weekday routines following the massive snowstorm that had millions digging out from New York to Maine. But the routine for some New Englanders will be disrupted by school and workplace closings, while residents of New York´s Long Island anticipate the reopening of a major roadway. For some there´s also a new worry: the danger of roof collapses as rain and warmer weather melts snow. The storm that slammed into the region with up to 3 feet of snow was blamed

Solar industry grapples
with hazardous wastes
Associated Press, by Jason Dearen    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/11/2013 1:49:04 AM     Post Reply
San Francisco — Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology´s benefits for the environment — and the wallet. What customers may not know is that there´s a dirtier side. While solar is a far less polluting energy source than coal or natural gas, many panel makers are nevertheless grappling with a hazardous waste problem. Fueled partly by billions in government incentives, the industry is creating millions of solar panels each year and, in the process, millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated

  


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Background checks represent
ground for compromise
on gun control
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/10/2013 10:22:57 PM     Post Reply
Out of the flurry of ambitious gun control proposals in the wake of December’s school shooting in Connecticut, expanded background checks on gun sales are fast emerging as the “sweet spot” — as one Senate Democratic leader put it — between what gun control advocates seek and what can actually attract bipartisan support in Congress. Discussion of bans on so-called assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines have gradually given way to the more politically palatable ideas of strengthening the federal background check system or instituting near-universal background checks for gun buyers — even as proponents and opponents clash bitterly

White House: GOP spreading ‘myths’
about Obama’s fiscal approach
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/10/2013 10:19:58 PM     Post Reply
The White House accused congressional Republicans on Sunday of spreading “myths” about President Obama’s efforts to avoid looming budget cuts and blamed the GOP for pushing an “unbalanced” approach that favors the wealthy. “The notion that President Obama hasn’t put forward a solution to deal with these looming cuts is false,” said Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer in a blog post. He said Mr. Obama’s latest offer to House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, “meets the Republicans halfway on spending and on revenues, and would permanently turn off the sequester and put us on a fiscally sustainable path.”

U.S. said to be target of massive
cyber-espionage campaign
Washington Post, by Ellen Nakashima    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/10/2013 10:17:30 PM     Post Reply
A new intelligence assessment has concluded that the United States is the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening the country’s economic competitiveness, according to individuals familiar with the report. The National Intelligence Estimate identifies China as the country most aggressively seeking to penetrate the computer systems of American businesses and institutions to gain access to data that could be used for economic gain. The report, which represents the consensus view of the U.S. intelligence community, describes a wide range of sectors that have been the focus of hacking

The Truth About Dorner:
Leftism Is Violence
PJ Media, by Andrew Klavan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/10/2013 10:13:26 PM     Post Reply
There’s nothing for me to add to the great work already done by SooperMexican, Mediaite, Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity and others critiquing the media coverage of alleged mad dog cop-killer Christopher Jordan Dorner. The media has been dishonest in trying to cover up Dorner’s left-wing views. They’ve been beyond hypocritical in drawing no link between Dorner’s acts and his politics — after they have repeatedly tried to link acts of violence to conservatism even when, as usual, there was no link to be made. Worst of all, as Big Government has shown, they are beginning to try to justify

Tornado rips through
Miss., causes major damage
CBS News and Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/10/2013 10:08:14 PM     Post Reply
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - An apparent tornado tore through Hattiesburg on Sunday as part of a wave of severe storms that downed trees, damaged buildings and caused at least several injuries. The twister traveled down one of Hattiesburg´s main streets and caused what officials described as major damage, officials said, hitting several buildings on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Kyle Hopkins, emergency operations director for surrounding Forrest County, said officials hadn´t confirmed injuries. There were reports of several people hurt elsewhere in the state. "We had a tornado touch down.

  



How One Obama Lawn Sign
Tore This Community Apart
Atlantic, by Connor Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/10/2013 10:03:51 PM     Post Reply
Yes, that sounds like a parody movie trailer. But unfortunately this is a real story based on real things that happened in real life instead of brilliant satire. The Washington Post has an amazing story about how an Obama lawn sign ignited an intense legal battle in a Virginia neighborhood. Sam and Maria Farran put an Obama election sign up in their yard leading up to the 2008 election. But what seems like a harmless political statement allegedly violated the stipulations of the homeowners association that governs the sleepy Virginia neighborhood where they live.

Families worry about those
stranded on Galveston cruise
Houston Chronicle, by Jayme Fraser    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/10/2013 9:24:19 PM     Post Reply
More than 4,000 people spent Sunday stranded on a cruise ship after a fire in the engine room, according to Carnival. The Carnival Triumph, which left Galveston Thursday, is without propulsion and running on emergency generator power about 150 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The U.S. Coast Guard was notified and a tug boat has been dispatched to the ship, according to a company statement. The company reports that the ship´s automatic fire extinguishing systems activated and only the aft engine room was damaged.

Rep. Keith Ellison on GOP’s Softer
Rhetoric: ‘Lipstick on a Pig’
ABC News, by George Stephanopoulos    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/10/2013 9:12:38 PM     Post Reply
This morning on “This Week,” Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., dismissed recent gestures by prominent members of the GOP suggesting a softening of Republican positions as simply “lipstick on a pig.” “I think all of this stuff is just surface stuff. It’s like lipstick on a pig, ” Ellison said. “I mean, the bottom line is, the Republicans have a core values problem, not a ‘who knows who Tupac Shakur is’ problem.” Ellison was responding to ABC News political analyst and contributor Nicolle Wallace, who praised Marco Rubio on the roundtable. The Florida senator is

W. Colo. school board
votes to arm administrators
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 2/10/2013 8:53:39 PM     Post Reply
CORTEZ, Colo. - A school board in western Colorado has decided to allow the district superintendent and a principal to carry firearms onto school grounds. The Cortez Journal reports the seven-member board that oversees schools in Dolores County voted unanimously Wednesday to allow the principal at Dove Creek High School and the superintendent to double as security officers, provided they complete a concealed carry course and receive a permit from the county sheriff´s office. Superintendent Bruce Hankins and Principal Ty Gray will receive an additional $1 salary for the extra duties.

NJ Plans 24 Gun
Control Laws
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/10/2013 8:53:02 PM     Post Reply
The Democrat leadership in the New Jersey Assembly plans on ramming through 24 different anti-gun measures on Feb. 13 and 14. Included in the measures are bans on magazines holding more than 10 rounds, the creation of even more gun free zones, prohibitions against purchasing ammunition on internet, the registration and regulation of ammunition sales, and the end of private gun sales. The magazine ban and the end of private gun sales are measures we see Democrats pushing in other states as well, like Colorado. Neither of these measures will reduce the likelihood or even the possibility of

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