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Rubio: Rove’s Conservative
Victory Project Is ‘Fine’
National Review Online, by Katrina Trinko    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/13/2013 5:18:55 PM     Post Reply
In an interview this morning, Marco Rubio — hardly the establishment favorite in his own Senate race — defended Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project, which has angered many tea partiers. Noting that Rove had helped him during a crucial time in his Senate race, Rubio said that both the Tea Party and the Conservative Victory Project “have a place in American politics.” “I think the concern that people have is that somehow people in Washington in the Beltway are going to decide that someone can’t get elected,” he told CBN’s David Brody.

Compliant Media is
Key to Obama Strategy
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2013 5:16:46 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Have you seen the number of people that go on food stamps every day? There are 11,629 new food stamp recipients every day in this country. That´s right, and President Obama is trying to fix that. President Obama is appalled by that! It´s the Republicans who don´t care enough to have people eating properly, and President Obama´s appalled by that number and doing everything he can to fix it. (This is how this works.) Now, remember, none of this would be possible without a complicit media. None of it could´ve happened. I mentioned that dictators are perceived by their

The House of His Dreams
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2013 5:15:08 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s preantepenultimate State of the Union address reinforced the perception that he has, for the most part, given up on working constructively in a divided government. His supporters will say he is resolute and the Republicans are pigheaded; his opponents (including this column) would reverse the adjectives. A neutral way of describing it is that the two parties´ worldviews are irreconcilable. Obama last night called for more spending on "stimulus" and "green energy" projects, higher taxes (including on energy), a minimum wage hike, new antidiscrimination and gun-control laws, a federal nursery-school entitlement and new gun-control laws.



The Ugly Truth About Our Economy
National Review, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: Ruhn- 2/13/2013 5:13:59 PM     Post Reply
Of course there’s State of the Union reaction and Rubio-mania in the Morning Jolt, but also an examination of the economic truths you didn’t hear last night, and probably won’t hear from an elected official for a while (snip) Okay, forget what the president said. Why has hiring been so sluggish since the Great Recession began? I’m going to look at a post from Zero Hedge, an economics-minded blog that it always interesting and sometimes understandable. Charles Hugh-Smith argues: Those who have spent their careers in government or academia have little idea what it takes to hire more people.

Which Chris do you honor?
American Thinker, by Robin Osborne    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2013 5:03:41 PM     Post Reply
The world as we know it is changing more and more each day. We get information non-stop and often it is clouded by the deliverer´s opinion. The State of the Union´s lofty promises and the turmoil all around the world give us a surreal feeling that our comforts are in jeopardy. Our institutions are failing and the people we trust to do the right things are failing as well. The president has taken an early step toward tyranny by ruling with Executive Order. His opposition is weakened by his rhetoric and they offer no real challenge

FAA official:
No armed drones in U.S.
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: ronbet- 2/13/2013 4:57:23 PM     Post Reply
MCLEAN, Va. — A top official with the Federal Aviation Administration reassured the public on Wednesday that, despite the fear and paranoia of some, no armed drones will be permitted to fly in U.S. airspace. “We currently have rules in the books that deal with releasing anything from an aircraft, period. Those rules are in place and that would prohibit weapons from being installed on a civil aircraft,” said Jim Williams, head of the FAA´s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, in an address to the drone industry’s leading trade group meeting this week in Northern Virginia.

Rasmussen: Only 32% of Americans
Think More Gun Laws Needed
Breitbart Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2013 4:20:26 PM     Post Reply
According to a recent Rasmussen gun control poll, only 32% of Americans believe newer, stricter gun control laws will reduce violence, while 57% believe enforcement of current laws is the answer. This means a third of Americans agree with Obama´s approach to ending gun violence while nearly two-thirds agree with the NRA. The NRA is out there reminding the American people that we already have 9,000 gun laws on the books, yet very few of them are being enforced. Other questions in the Rasmussen poll revealed that 74% of Americans believe they have a constitutional right



Obama in Asheville: ´We
don’t give up, we get up´
WSOCTV [Charlotte SC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2013 4:11:49 PM     Post Reply
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Just 12 hours after his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama is in North Carolina. Air Force One landed around 11:15 a.m. in Asheville. Obama spoke about the economy and his proposals to create jobs at the Linamar plant in Arden. "I believe in manufacturing. I believe it makes our country stronger," Obama said. "No job in America should go unfilled, because somebody doesn’t have the right skills to complete that job." "We don’t give up, we get up, we innovate, we adapt, we learn new skills, we keep going," Obama said.

Blunt: We Have the Votes to
Delay Hagel Nomination
Breitbart News, by Elizabeth Sheld    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2013 4:05:27 PM     Post Reply
Senator Roy Blunt indicated Wednesday that there are enough votes in the Senate to delay the Hagel confirmation. Blunt (R-Mo.) said he believed there were 40 votes in the Senate that indicated “it’s too quick to end the debate on this nomination.” Requests have been made for more information from Hagel, specifically financial disclosures from Republicans on the Armed Services Committee. On Tuesday, Hagel passed the Committee in a party line vote. Harry Reid said the chamber would move forward on the nomination later this week. Blunt expects Hagel to provide the information requested.

McCain Says He Would be
´Comfortable´ With His
Daughter Serving in Combat
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Burke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2013 3:45:26 PM     Post Reply
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he would “feel not only comfortable but proud” if he had a daughter serving in a front-line combat position in the U.S. military. “I have a son in the military, I have another that’s a navy pilot, I have another one who served in the Marine Corps, and I would certainly feel not only comfortable but proud,” McCain said after President Obama’s State of the Union address when asked by CNSNews.com if he would be comfortable with his daughter serving in combat. In his State of the Union address, President Obama

Appitude: The White House delivers
the best, most biased State of
the Union coverage anywhere
Yahoo! News, by Virginia Heffernan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2013 3:19:46 PM     Post Reply
As far as I can tell, there’s only one white guy milling around: Joe Biden. Oh and maybe Nick Jonas. Elsewhere, soulfully swaying and crooning in the White House are Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Jordin Sparks, Seal and Smokey Robinson. And also Barack Obama, who before he delivered his first State of the Union speech of his second term on Tuesday night, appeared in a video with the music stars. It’s a mini-doc about the Motown celebration at the White House made by WhiteHouse.gov. And it’s really good. In preparation for the president’s speech,
Link repaired by staff.



GOP faults Obama speech
for liberalism, hostility
Associated Press, by Erica Werner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2013 3:11:08 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- Republicans said Wednesday that President Barack Obama´s State of the Union address was full of well-worn liberal ideas and campaign-style hostility, and did little to ease partisan tensions over major issues. "An opportunity to bring together the country instead became another retread of lip service and liberalism," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. He said Obama offered little more than "gimmicks and tax hikes" in a "pedestrian liberal boilerplate that any Democratic lawmaker could have given at any time in recent history." Obama used the prime-time speech Tuesday to call for action

Pope resigns: Peter Turkson
reveals vision for the Church
and ´alternative lifestyles´
Telegraph, by Malcolm Moore    Original Article
Posted By: HKMK55- 2/13/2013 3:02:52 PM     Post Reply
Cardinal Peter Turkson, a 64-year-old Ghanaian prelate, is the bookmaker´s early favourite to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. He told The Daily Telegraph Tuesday that his biggest challenge, should he be elected, would be to maintain an orthodox Catholic doctrine while "at the same time knowing how to apply it so that you do not become irrelevant in a world that has continuous changes". Cardinal Turkson, who holds one of the most important jobs in the Roman Curia and has been repeatedly promoted by Pope Benedict, was quick to take a conservative line on gay marriage and other "alternative lifestyles".
Headline resplit by staff.

Gloves Off: Cruz Versus
Levin, Nelson over Hagel
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2013 2:48:14 PM     Post Reply
In today´s debate in the Senate Armed Services Committee over the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) engaged in heated debate with committee chair Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) over the question of whether Hagel had complied with the committee´s questions and standards on financial disclosure. Cruz argued that Hagel had flatly refused to answer a question posed to him by several Senators about all significant compensation he had received over the previous five years. Levin replied that the committee´s rule applied only to the past two years, and suggested that Cruz was holding Hagel

With Chavez away for months,
big changes roil Venezuela
CNN, by Catherine E. Shoichet and Elwyn Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/13/2013 2:45:59 PM     Post Reply
What can happen in a country while the president is gone for more than two months? A lot. Just ask Venezuelans. President Hugo Chavez hasn´t appeared in public or on national television since he went to Cuba for cancer surgery in December. Allies maintain that he´s running his country from Havana, while critics say that the country is in limbo without a leader. Chavez´s lengthy absence from Venezuela hasn´t stopped his government from making some significant changes. The latest one -- devaluing the country´s currency -- starts Wednesday. It´s a significant move that stands to affect global businesses and everyday Venezuelans.



Officials call for probe of
sale of bulletproof vests
Los Angeles Times, by Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/13/2013 2:38:53 PM     Post Reply
Local officials Tuesday called for investigations into the Los Angeles County Sheriff´s Department funneling hundreds of bulletproof vests to Cambodia through the city of Gardena.(Snip) The announcements Tuesday were prompted by a Times investigation published over the weekend that found that sheriff´s ballistic vests were shipped to Cambodia and not declared to customs officials, as required by federal law. Instead, they were stuffed inside one of a number of patrol cars that the Sheriff´s Department was shipping directly to Cambodia, avoiding the rigorous vetting process the U.S. government requires to prevent body armor from getting into the wrong hands abroad.

Obama renominates
contentious labor board picks
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2013 2:35:10 PM     Post Reply
In a provocative move, President Obama Wednesday re-nominated two controversial Democratic candidates to the National Labor Relations Board just weeks after a federal court invalided their recess appointments to the posts. Mr. Obama again nominated Sharon Block, a former Democratic Labor Department official, and Richard Griffin, a Democratic union lawyer, to serve on the NLRB. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Jan. 25 that their appointments to the NLRB were invalid because Mr. Obama installed them in the posts in January 2012 through an unconstitutional exercise of his appointment powers.

N.Y. mayor gives $1 million
to back L.A. school board slate
Los Angeles Times, by Howard Blume    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/13/2013 2:34:26 PM     Post Reply
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has donated $1 million to help preserve a Los Angeles Board of Education majority that has pushed for several controversial efforts dealing with teachers — including remaking evaluations and speeding the dismissal process — that are supported by the L.A. mayor and the superintendent. Brokered by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the contribution to the Coalition for School Reform is the largest on record — by far — to support school board campaigns.

BLM may ban snowmobiles
by Molas Lake Park
Durango Herald (CO), by Mark Esper    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 2/13/2013 2:23:54 PM     Post Reply
Nearly 1,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management acreage adjacent to Molas Lake Park that has been used as a snowmobile playground for decades may soon be off limits to all motorized use. Jeffrey Christenson, outdoor recreation planner for the BLM Tres Rios field office in Dolores, said the area in question is the West Needles Contiguous Wilderness Study Area. New guidelines for management of such areas were released in July last year. Christenson said Tuesday that those rules basically prohibit snowmobile traffic and require the BLM to manage the area as if it were actually a designated wilderness
Headline corrected and content added by staff.

Obama launches ‘Made in
America’ tour at Canadian-
owned auto-parts plant
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2013 2:23:46 PM     Post Reply
At the start of a “Made in America” tour promoting American innovation and manufacturing, President Obama Wednesday visited a Canadian-owned auto parts plant to advocate a public-private partnership model created in Germany. Mr. Obama, seeking to build momentum from his State of the Union address Tuesday night, called on Congress to approve a $1 billion network of 15 “innovation institutes” nationwide that would use federal funds to partner universities with manufacturers. He touted the proposal at Linamar, a Canadian-owned auto-parts factory in Asheville, N.C., saying it would help the economic recovery. “While we’re seeing signs of progress,


NBC´s Lauer Grills Boehner
Over ´Harsh´ Words for Obama;
Blames Him for ´Division´
and ´Animosity´ in Washington
Newsbusters, by Kyle Drennan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2013 2:23:36 PM     Post Reply
In the first part of an interview aired on Wednesday´s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer interrogated House Speaker John Boehner over saying President Obama lacked the courage to stand up to his Democratic base: "And by calling the President of the United States out in such harsh terms today, on the day of the State of the Union address....I think a lot of people are going to say, ´Here we go. Same old division. Same old animosity.´ Don´t they have a right to say that?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Warnings of severe water shortages in
the Middle East after satellites show
freshwater reserves the size of
the Dead Sea have dried up
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/13/2013 2:19:29 PM     Post Reply
Vast freshwater reserves nearly equivalent in size to the Dead Sea have been lost in the Middle East in the last decade, according to a new Nasa study. Scientists warn there could be severe water shortages in decades to come if water resources are not managed better in the region. They say the precious water stocks have gone because of poor water management, increased demands for groundwater, and a major drought in 2007. The study, which will be published later this week, examined 2003 to 2010 data from two gravity-measuring satellites which are part of Nasa´s Gravity Recovery and

Allen likely to withdraw
from consideration for NATO
post, officials tell NBC News
NBC News, by Jim Miklaszewski & Courtney Kube    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2013 2:18:09 PM     Post Reply
Gen. John Allen, caught up and later cleared in a scandal over emails with a Florida socialite, is likely to withdraw from consideration for the job of top NATO commander, three U.S. military officials have told NBC News. A Pentagon investigation last month cleared Allen of wrongdoing, but U.S. military officials said that Allen does not want to drag his family through a nomination process in which the emails would almost certainly come up. Allen has spoken with Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta but he has not

Go ahead and vote — who’s
stopping the senators?
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2013 2:13:28 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s cloying plea to Congress that the victims of gun violence and their families ”deserve” a vote on his anti-gun legislation was, on one level, simply standard-fare manipulative theatrics, but it was also just bizarre. Who is stopping the Senate from voting on his anti-gun wish list? I presume that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) must be a cold-hearted man indeed to delay bringing anti-gun legislation to the floor of the Senate. Perhaps one of the GOP senators should do so (as they have done for the president’s budgets). But of course that won’t happen. I imagine during

Marco Rubio´s Impressive Response
to Obama´s 2013 State of
the Union Address
Forbes, by Avik Roy    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 2/13/2013 1:57:13 PM     Post Reply
I’ll get to President Obama’s unremarkable State of the Union address in a moment. But first I want to discuss the first major televised address of the man who very well may be the next President of the United States: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Sen. Rubio forthrightly addressed in both English and Spanish the principal domestic challenge of our time—the health care-driven budget deficit—while President Obama dishonestly insisted that Medicare reform was being held hostage by “special interest tax breaks.”

Venezuelan drug kingpins in
power for (at least) four more years
Daily Caller, by Alek Boyd    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 2/13/2013 1:40:45 PM     Post Reply
In September 2008, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) called out three high-ranking officials in the Hugo Chavez regime for supporting the drug-trafficking activities of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a narco-terrorist organization. Their assistance to FARC included: supplying the group with weapons and ammunition, granting Venezuelan citizenship to group members, preventing law enforcement from interfering with the group’s drug-trafficking operations, protecting a wanted Colombian terrorist in Venezuela, allowing the group to use Venezuelan territory for drug-trafficking and terrorist activities, and even partnering in drug trafficking. In other words,

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