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Cuomo loses his mojo
New York Post, by Frederic U. Dicker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2013 4:59:28 AM     Post Reply
Gov. Cuomo has veered sharply away from the reform and pro-business policies he followed during his first two years in office and is “adrift’’ on a course of murky proposals, frequent indecision, and political obsessions focused on re-election next year and the presidency in 2016, insiders have told The Post. The insiders, some of whom have known Cuomo for decades, said the governor has become so obsessed with maintaining what until recently were record-high job-approval ratings that he has refused, for fear of alienating politically potent liberal voting blocs, to make tough decisions to cut costs for fiscally troubled local governments,

‘I Have a Mustard Seed,
and I’m Not Afraid to Use It’
PJ Media, by David P. Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2013 4:55:31 AM     Post Reply
All who love the Free World heard with sadness today’s news of the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI, whose physical infirmity caused him to step down from the chair of St. Peter. As the shepherd of the founding institution of the West, Benedict personally embodied its best traditions. (Snip)In the face of great controversy, Benedict cited the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologue: “Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

The Menendez Mess, Continued
New York Times, by Dorothy Samuels    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2013 4:48:31 AM     Post Reply
In the time-honored tradition of ballooning Washington money scandals, details keep emerging about the symbiotic relationship between Senator Robert Menendez and a Florida eye-surgeon and big donor named Dr. Salomon Melgen. The evidence that the New Jersey Democrat improperly used his office to help Dr. Melgen was already compelling on Saturday. That’s when we called in an editorial for Mr. Menendez to step aside as chairman of the Senate Foreign Committee, at least temporarily, pending a credible review by the Senate Ethics Committee of the various accusations of misconduct against him.

  


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Would the Obama administration really
reject the Keystone XL pipeline?
Hot Air, by Erika Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2013 4:40:11 AM     Post Reply
This entire time, I thought that there was hardly a real chance that the Obama administration would ultimately reject the Keystone XL pipeline when it really came down to it. Sure, they’ve been stalling out the wazoo — presumably hoping the PR furor over the proposal would die down a bit, and/or to think up some other tantalizing climate-focused projects with which to quell the green lobby’s inevitable anger — but there is too much bipartisan, international, high-profile and widespread support for the project as both a job creator and energy-security enhancer for the president to really shut it down

New York´s Hotel Pennsylvania
Goes to the (Westminster) Dogs
ABC News, by Genevieve Shaw Brown    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/12/2013 4:32:53 AM     Post Reply
New York City is known for posh hotels. But one particular establishment is proud to go – at least for one weekend a year – to the dogs. "The Hotel Pennsylvania is the heart and soul of the Westminster Dog Show," said dog breeder Judy Davis as we stood in the hotel´s Green Room Dog Spa, an area in the basement Davis created. "Everyone knows they can congregate here and be welcome." The Hotel Pennsylvania, located right across the street from Madison Square Garden, where Tuesday´s Best in Show competition takes place, is the official host hotel of

Pope avoids predecessor´s
show of suffering
Associated Press, by Victor L. Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/12/2013 4:27:52 AM     Post Reply
VATICAN CITY -- The closest of confidants, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger watched from the front row as Pope John Paul II, once a strapping athlete, steadily deteriorated in his later years. John Paul, burdened by Parkinson´s disease and crippling hip ailments, could no longer walk or talk at the time of his death in 2005 at 84 - a picture of suffering that moved the faithful while presenting a disturbing vision of papal frailty. The physical ordeal also left John Paul distracted from the challenges the church was facing, including the global priest sex abuse scandal.

Biden: We’re counting on ‘legitimate
media’ for successful gun control effort
The Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 2/12/2013 2:03:25 AM     Post Reply
During a press conference on gun safety in Philadelphia, Vice President Joe Biden said that any reports that suggest that he was trying to take weapons away from gun owners was a “bunch of malarkey.” "I know that´s a word that you´ve never heard before, although it´s now in the dictionary," Biden boasted. Biden said that it was important for the media to dissuade the American public from the idea that the Obama administration was prepared to do something unconstitutional on guns.

  


  

A sign from above? Lightning
strikes Vatican hours after
Pope´s shock resignation
Mirror [UK], by Paul Cockerton    Original Article
Posted By: loosbolt- 2/12/2013 12:31:55 AM     Post Reply
This was the moment lightning struck the Vatican today - hours after Pope Benedict XVI´s bolt-from-the-blue resignation. The lightning touched the dome of St. Peter´s Basilica, one of the holiest Catholic churches, after the Pope´s shock admission he lacks strength to do the job. The Vatican stressed that no specific medical condition prompted Benedict´s decision to quit - the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. The move surprised even his closest aides, even though Benedict, 85, had made clear in the past he would step down if he became too old or infirm.

S. Korean Defense Ministry confirms
DPRK nuclear test: local TV
Xinhua News Agency [China], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/11/2013 11:34:07 PM     Post Reply
Seoul - The South Korean Defense Ministry believed that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, a local TV station reported. The report from local TV "Channel One" came shortly after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake was detected in the DPRK, a potential sign that the country has finally undertaken its third nuclear test. China's seismology authority measured the temblor at 4.9 magnitude, with a depth of "zero" km. According to Yonhap, the earthquake was detected at 11:57 local time (0257 GMT) in the DPRK's Kilju County,

Earthquake detected in North
Korea near nuclear test site;
no word on if it’s from nuke test
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/11/2013 11:18:19 PM     Post Reply
SEOUL, South Korea — An earthquake was detected Tuesday in North Korea just north of a site where the country has conducted nuclear tests, providing strong indication that Pyongyang has gone ahead with a highly anticipated third test. There was, however, no confirmation of the test. The South Korean Defense Ministry, which raised its military alert level after the quake, said it was trying to determine whether it was a test. Nuclear blasts can create tremors but they are distinct from those caused by natural earthquakes. The U.N. organization monitoring nuclear tests says.

George W. Bush’s words
that saved millions
Washington Post, by Michael Gerson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/11/2013 11:06:33 PM     Post Reply
Even among the few, odd, nerdy children who want to be speechwriters when they grow up (I was one), none dream of writing a State of the Union address. These tend to be long and shapeless affairs, lumpy with random policy, carried along by strained applause lines, dated before they are transcribed. There are a few exceptions: Lyndon Johnson announcing a War on Poverty; Bill Clinton, as a scandal unfolded, undismayed in the lion’s den. And then there were these sentences in the 2003 address 10 years ago: “Tonight I propose the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief,”

  


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Pope´s Unselfish Choice Gives
Church Chance For New Voices
Investor´s Business Daily, by E.. J. Dionne    Original Article
Posted By: Emerson- 2/11/2013 10:56:16 PM     Post Reply
Pope Benedict´s resignation shouldn´t have surprised us as much as it did. As an institutionalist who believes in the Roman Catholic Church as the carrier of truth in a sinful world, he would worry a great deal about the impact of his own infirmities on the institution´s capacity to thrive. He is a traditionalist who was nonetheless much affected by modernity. He would therefore not be troubled that he had to reach far back to find a precedent for papal resignation.

McConnell rejects idea
of replacing sequester
with tax hikes
The Hill [Washington DC], by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/11/2013 10:53:21 PM     Post Reply
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday that he would not accept a plan to avert the sequester by raising taxes, just days before Democrats are expected to propose exactly that. "My constituents in Kentucky will not accept a tax hike in the place of spending cuts that were already agreed to by both parties," McConnell said. "We agreed to reduce this amount of spending in October of 2011, without raising taxes. We´ve already made this agreement. "The question is, what are we going to do about it?"

Obama’s last rhetorical stand?
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/11/2013 10:38:52 PM     Post Reply
It’s a curious fact of the Obama presidency that the American people basically tuned him out during much of his first term. Despite his stellar communications skills, Obama was unable to convince Americans to support his signature program — Obamacare — and none of his prior state of the union speeches seems to have moved the needle. We also know that the president’s utterances on behalf of Democrats in 2010 didn’t sway public opinion, at least not in the way he intended. This changed in 2012, though. With a presidential election on the horizon, and with the economy

Obama meets with Kerry brothers
implicated in 1972 ‘Watergate’-
style incident
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 10:05:43 PM     Post Reply
President Obama convened a Cabinet meeting Thursday with new Secretary of State John Kerry and, among others, Kerry’s brother Cameron Kerry, the current general counsel for the Department of Commerce. Observers stated that Thursday likely marked the first time two brothers had both attended a Cabinet meeting together since John and Robert Kennedy. But records reveal that the Kerry brothers have a troublesome history of working together politically. Cameron Kerry was arrested in 1972 for breaking and entering into a building that housed the campaign office of his brother’s congressional

  


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Florida Democrat Grayson returns
with nasty shots at Republicans
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 9:54:38 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat known for his nasty and heated partisan attacks on the Republican Party, has returned for his new term with this simple threat: “I’m back,” he said. “They got rid of me for two years, but now I’m back,” he said, according to a Roll Call report. Mr. Grayson served one term in Congress before losing his 2010 re-election bid. Voters in a newly redrawn Democratic district elected him in 2012, and now he’s claiming “biggest comeback” status in the history of House elections, Roll Call reported. There are no indications Mr. Grayson will bring a calmer tone to Congress

The Neverending Campaign:
Obama Plans Post-SOTU
Public Relations Tour
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 9:46:41 PM     Post Reply
In its ever-evolving quest to turn the presidency into a permanent campaign organ rather than the executive branch of government, the Obama White House will be launching yet another in its endless series of public relations pushes in the aftermath of Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening. The White House will be showing graphics and data – or at least their version of data – during the State of the Union on the White House website. Meanwhile, the “unrelated” campaign organ of the White House, Organizing for Action (which still carries the Obama

More Hagel Speeches Emerge,
Suggesting he Misled Senate
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 9:41:23 PM     Post Reply
Steven Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) told Breitbart News Monday that it has uncovered additional speeches given by former Sen. Chuck Hagel, who is awaiting confirmation as Secretary of Defense. The speeches suggest that Hagel may have misled the Senate Armed Services Committee twice during his confirmation hearing on Jan. 31: first, when he suggested that the controversy over his views was about "one individual" quote, vote, or statement rather than his consistent and strongly-held opinions over time; and second, when Hagel told the committee:

Exclusive: Judicial Watch Announces
Ambitious 2013 Investigative Agenda
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 9:35:36 PM     Post Reply
Judicial Watch, the independent government watchdog organization that has held Republicans and Democrats to account, announced on Monday its list of investigative priorities for 2013. Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that the organization will focus on issues such as Benghazi, illegal immigration, President Barack Obama´s use of executive orders and actions, gun control, green energy boondoggles, election fraud, and national security leaks over the next year. Fitton said he did not expect Obama to "admit to any wrongdoing" in Tuesday´s

Obama--Sued by Catholic Church for
Attacking Religious Freedom--Boasts
of His ´Work Together´ With Pope
Cybercast News Service, by Fred Lucas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 9:21:24 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama--whose administration is being sued by multiple Roman Catholic dioceses and organizations for violating their free exercise of religion--issued a statement today about retiring Pope Benedict XVI, boasting of his "work together" with the pontiff. “On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our work together over these last four years,” Obama said. “The Church plays a critical role in the

  



Kerry Had More Security on Trip
to Arlington, Va., Than State
Dept. Posted in Benghazi
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 9:14:44 PM     Post Reply
A larger detail of security agents escorted Secretary of State John Kerry on a trip to Arlington, Va., last week, when he went to visit—of all places—the headquarters of the department’s security bureau, than the State Department posted to its compound in Benghazi, Libya, in the days leading up to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks. Kerry, as recorded by an official State Department publicity photograph, was "surrounded" in Arlington on Monday, Feb. 4, by at least four of the department’s Diplomatic Security (DS) agents. In the days leading up to the Benghazi attacks, the State Department

For glum Republicans: ´Watch
party´ for Rubio´s rebuttal
to the State of the Union
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 9:09:56 PM     Post Reply
This trend could multiply among Republicans who have White House fatigue. There are enough of them out there. A cheerful Florida official has organized a public "watch party" for Sen. Marco Rubio´s official Republican response to President Obama´s State of the Union address, to be delivered Tuesday night following the president´s speech. It´s Mr. Rubio the audience is pining to see, particularly that unprecedented moment when he delivers the GOP rebuttal in English and Spanish. Miami-Dade Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa will host the event at a community center in Miami

Democratic House chairwoman
Wasserman Schultz caught in
deception with reporters
Washington Times, by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 9:04:38 PM     Post Reply
Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz attempted a bit of deception Monday in an effort to criticize GOP rising star Marco Rubio ahead of his State of the Union rebuttal Tuesday night. But on this occasion, the press wasn´t falling for it. In a conference call Monday, Wasserman Schultz enlisted the help of Annette Capella, described by party officials as a "Medicare recipient from Florida," to warn of the "extreme budget priorities," they believe Rubio is likely to outline in his televised response to President Obama´s address. Capella gave a lengthy and unflattering

Krauthammer: Expect an ´extremely
aggressive and partisan´ State
of the Union speech
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: sparky86- 2/11/2013 9:01:37 PM     Post Reply
On Monday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer predicted that tomorrow night’s State of the Union address will be the political counterpart to President Barack Obama’s fundamentally “ideological” inaugural speech. “Well, I’m not sure it will be a speech about ideas or programs,” Krauthammer said. “In fact, if the inaugural address was this sort of extraordinarily ideological address, I think the State of the Union is going to be extremely aggressive and partisan. Obama is still campaigning. He hasn’t stopped.

White House: All questions
answered on Benghazi attack
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/11/2013 9:01:30 PM     Post Reply
The White House has heard enough about Benghazi. White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday blasted Senate Republicans for threatening to block Defense Secretary-nominee Chuck Hagel and John Brennan, nominated to head the CIA, in a quest for more information about what President Obama did on the night that terrorists killed four Americans in the U.S. Consulate in Libya. “We have answered these questions,” Mr. Carney said. “The president found out about the attack in Benghazi in a meeting with his secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs from his national

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