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Long voting lines might not
be as widespread as Obama says
Fox News, by Eric Shawn    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 4:08:49 AM     Post Reply
Complaints about long lines marred the November election for some. So at the State of the Union, President Obama announced a new bipartisan commission to try and make voting easier. He cited the case of a Florida voter, 102-year-old Desiline Victor, whom Obama said waited in line for hours. "They can´t wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot," the president declared. "We are betraying our ideals." But while Florida was considered the worst state for waiting times, with one study estimating that 200,000 people gave up because of the wait, another study questions

The Decline of America
National Review, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2013 3:59:18 AM     Post Reply
Why do once-successful societies ossify and decline? Hundreds of reasons have been adduced for the fall of Rome and the end of the Old Regime in 18th-century France. Reasons run from inflation and excessive spending to resource depletion and enemy invasion, when historians attempt to understand the sudden collapse of the Mycenaeans, the Aztecs, and, apparently, the modern Greeks. In literature from Catullus to Edward Gibbon, wealth and leisure — and who gets the most of both — more often than poverty and exhaustion, cause civilization to implode. One recurring theme seems consistent in Athenian literature

Palin on ´True´ State of the Union:
´Venal Politicians´ Bankrupting Nation
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/14/2013 2:45:07 AM     Post Reply
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wrote Wednesday that America is a nation being bankrupt by a federal government led by "venal politicians" in her response to President Barack Obama´s State of the Union Address. "What is the true state of our union? Though this may sound harsh, I’ll speak the truth here," Palin wrote. "We are a country going bankrupt to fund a bloated, distant, and often corrupt federal government led by venal politicians more concerned with paying off their campaign cronies and consolidating their own power than in preserving the constitutional republic that so many have fought and died

  


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War! Trump, Levin Pummel Rove
As Conservative Battle Escalates
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Larry O´Connor    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/14/2013 2:38:27 AM     Post Reply
"Karl Rove is bad news for the Republican Party." With those words Donald Trump officially joined the ongoing battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party by aligning himself as a defender of the tea party and a merciless critic of Karl Rove and his new, controversial initiative known as the "Conservative Victory Project." (Snip) The combination of the influential voice of Mark Levin challenging donors to shut-down the flow of cash to the Rove machine, coupled with Trump (one of those high-profile donors) repeating FIVE TIMES the fact that Rove spent "four hundred million

Report: Michigan battery
firm misused $150M U.S. grant
Detroit News, by Karl Henkel    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/13/2013 11:43:10 PM     Post Reply
A Michigan-based company slated to produce lithium-ion polymer batteries for electric vehicles has instead kept production overseas, has failed to meet job targets outlined in a $150 million grant from the federal government, and has been reimbursed by the government for $842,000 in wasted work time, according to a U.S. Department of Energy Special Report released Wednesday. The DOE says Holland, Mich.-based LG Chem Michigan misused part of a $150 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds and has decided not to shift production from its plant in South Korea to

American Airlines, US Airways to merge
Associated Press, by David Koenig    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/13/2013 11:37:23 PM     Post Reply
Dallas — American Airlines and US Airways will merge and create the world´s biggest airline. The boards of both companies approved the merger late Wednesday, according to four people close to the situation. The carrier keeps the American Airlines name but will be run by US Airways CEO Doug Parker. American´s CEO, Tom Horton, will become chairman of the new company, these people said. They requested anonymity because the merger negotiations were private. A formal announcement is expected Thursday morning. The deal has been in the works since August, when creditors forced

The State of the Democrats
National Review Online, by Yuval Levin    Original Article
Posted By: AVFD15- 2/13/2013 11:33:41 PM     Post Reply
My reaction to last night’s State of the Union address begins from compassion for my fellow wonks, and ends with a sense that the Democrats’ political fortunes in the coming years may not be so rosy as many on the Left would like to think. By the end of the speech, I was feeling sorry for the White House policy staff. It’s perfectly clear looking over the text that they have just been through a months-long budget policy process that must have ended in total failure. Anyone who has been through this annual exercise at the White House would recognize the tell-tale signs. The phrase “I will direct my cabinet

  


  

3 arrested in Newark over
videotaped stripping, whipping
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/13/2013 11:31:24 PM     Post Reply
Newark — The haunting video, shot on a hot summer night, starts with a young man being ordered to strip naked as he is berated by a group around him. One person squirts his body with water. Another demands money. When he does not hand any over, the beating starts. As the naked man is lashed repeatedly, those surrounding him laugh above the crack of a belt hitting his skin. City officials announced Wednesday that they had arrested three people they say participated in the August attack and filmed the 2 1/2-minute video. The men were identified as 22-year-old Ahmad Holt, 31-year-old

Woman shocked that ex-
roommate is charged with
killing, decapitating 2 men
Jersey Journal [Jersey City, NJ], by Michaelangelo Conte    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/13/2013 11:23:01 PM     Post Reply
A Jersey City woman who once lived with the man charged with killing and decapitating two Jersey City men said yesterday that the man she knew could never have committed such a crime. “They are describing him as a monster, but that’s not how I’ve known him,” said Emma Abdelrehim, who described herself as a close family friend of Yusuf Ibrahim, 27, and not a girlfriend. “He was an awesome person, awesome with kids, and he would never harm anyone, not even an animal,” Abdelrehim said. “What I saw on TV and what I read I could not believe. That is not his character, and I don’t think he has

WashPost Hires Democratic Flack
Who Trashed Ann Romney
As Having ´Never Worked
a Day in Her Life´
Newsbusters, by Ken Shepherd    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/13/2013 11:14:56 PM     Post Reply
Imagine the firestorm of outrage that would be ignited in the liberal media were a conservative paper like the Wall Street Journal to hire a Republican pundit who insulted First Lady Michelle Obama during last year´s campaign, even if said pundit subsequently apologized. Now compare that to the silence that most certainly will greet the Washington Post hiring Hilary Rosen as an opinion contributor. Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner notes that Rosen -- who infamously snarled that Ann Romney "didn´t work a day in her life" -- will co-author" the paper´s

Members of Congress Demand Obama
Administration Classify Ft. Hood
Attack as an ´Act of Terrorism´
ABC News, by Ned Berkowitz    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/13/2013 11:02:44 PM     Post Reply
In the wake of an ABC News story detailing claims by victims of the Fort Hood shooting that they have been neglected by the military and ´betrayed´ by President Obama, the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee has sent a letter to his fellow members of Congress demanding that the Obama administration classify the attack as a terrorist act and provide full benefits to the victims and their families. "It is time for the administration to recognize the Fort Hood shooting for what it is—an act of terrorism,"

  


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Sheriff: There was no intent
to burn cabin to get Dorner
USA Today, by Donna Leinwand Leger*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/13/2013 10:52:44 PM     Post Reply
Deputies did not intentionally burn down the Southern California mountain cabin where fugitive Christopher Dorner apparently made his deadly last stand Tuesday, the San Bernardino County sheriff said Wednesday. "We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out," Sheriff John McMahon said at an afternoon news conference. He said deputies initially fired conventional "cold" tear gas into the cabin in Seven Oaks, near Big Bear Lake, then switched to "pyrotechnic-type" rounds" known as "burners." Authorities have strong evidence that the man deputies tracked to the

Napolitano wants open
citizenship path
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2013 10:51:16 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said calls for boosted border security should not block the path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Napolitano testified Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, saying the Obama Administration has deported an unprecedented number of illegal immigrants, reduced the number of illegal border crossings and increased the number of border patrol agents to 21,000 from 2,100 in the 1980s, the Los Angeles Times reported. "Too often the ´border security first´ refrain simply serves as an excuse

Obama gives Congress a
climate change ultimatum
Reuters, by Patrick Rucker and Deborah Zabarenko    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/13/2013 10:49:11 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday gave Congress an ultimatum on climate change: craft a plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the dangers of a warming world, or the White House will go it alone. "If Congress won´t act soon to protect future generations, I will," Obama said in his State of the Union address. "I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition

Rubio’s PAC selling water bottles
after State of the Union ‘sip slip’
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2013 10:47:26 PM     Post Reply
Marco Rubio’s political action committee is trying to capitalize on all the attention about his “sip slip” on Tuesday night by selling official Rubio water bottles to supporters. “Send the liberal detractors a message that not only does Marco Rubio inspire you. … He hydrates you too,” Terry Sullivan of the Reclaim America PAC said in a Wednesday evening fundraising solicitation to supporters. Much has been made about the Florida senator’s Republican response to the State of the Union on Tuesday night. At one point during his remarks, the thirsty lawmaker

  


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Feds charge rhino horn smugglers
in ring allegedly linked to N.J.
Star - Ledger (Newark, NJ), by Jason Grant    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 2/13/2013 10:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Newark - A federal grand jury in Newark this week indicted Zhifei Li, a Chinese national, on a charge of international smuggling of rhinoceros horns, many of which were allegedly bought in New Jersey, hidden in porcelain vases, and then mailed to Hong Kong and China, said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman today. Li, along with two others who were also charged this week in Miami and New York City, was part of an international rhino-horn smuggling ring, the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington announced

Congressmen: NASA´s Ames Research
Center may have shared secret
technology with China
Houston Chronicle, by Carol Christian    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/13/2013 10:38:51 PM     Post Reply
Two congressman, including one from Texas, contend that NASA employees in California may have given technology secrets to other countries, including China. As first reported by Aviation Week, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Virginia, have charged in a letter to the FBI that senior NASA leadership may have been involved in leaking classified information to China and other countries. The charges involve the NASA Ames Research Center in California and apparently do not include operations in Houston. According to Aviation Week, the congressmen

On the road, Obama told to go home
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/13/2013 10:27:39 PM     Post Reply
As President Obama took to the road Wednesday promoting his plan for more federal aid for manufacturers, an industry official said the president could help businesses far more by agreeing on a budget deal with Congress. Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, told business leaders in Detroit that the administration’s inability to compromise with Republican lawmakers on looming budget cuts is causing manufacturers to pull back from hiring and expansion plans. The latest fiscal deadline in Washington is March 1, when $85 billion of spending cuts are due to

White House opposes House
Republican bill to freeze
pay for federal employees
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/13/2013 10:24:05 PM     Post Reply
The White House said Wednesday night it opposes a bill by House Republicans to extend a pay freeze for federal civilian employees through the end of this year. President Obama, who proposed on Tuesday an increase in the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour, signed an executive order in December that would lift the pay freeze beginning on March 27 unless Congress acts before then. The president proposed the “unprecedented” civilian pay freeze in 2010 to “put the nation on a sustainable fiscal path,” the White House Office of Management and Budget said. OMB said

Ackerman McQueen PR firm
has been behind NRA’s
provocative ads for decades
Washington Post, by Peter Finn & Sari Horwitz    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/13/2013 10:20:56 PM     Post Reply
“Are the president’s kids more important than yours?” the deep and dramatic-sounding voice intoned. “Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school?” When the National Rifle Association aired its 35-second TV spot last month, suggesting that President Obama has a double standard on school security and seemingly using his daughters as props, the White House quickly labeled it “repugnant and cowardly.” But the commercial was another in a long line of bare-knuckled NRA advertisements, many of them controversial

  



Calvin Coolidge, commander in brief
Washington Post Writers Group, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/13/2013 10:18:51 PM     Post Reply
Before Ronald Reagan traveled the 16 blocks to the White House after his first inaugural address, the White House curator had, at the new president’s instruction, hung in the Cabinet room a portrait of Calvin Coolidge. The Great Communicator knew that “Silent Cal” could use words powerfully — 15 of them made him a national figure — because he was economical in their use, as in all things. Were Barack Obama, America’s most loquacious president (699 first-term teleprompter speeches), capable of learning from someone with whom he disagrees, he would profit from Amity Shlaes’s new biography

Special ‘Hannity’ Preview: Dr. Ben
Carson Reveals What Was the Most
Surprising Response to His Criticism
of President Obama at National
Prayer Breakfast
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2013 9:32:32 PM     Post Reply
This Friday, Dr. Ben Carson will sit down with Sean Hannity and a distinguished audience in a special one-hour show that revolves around one idea and one quest: saving America. Tonight, the Insider caught up with Dr. Carson before the taping of the special to get a preview of the show, as well as ask him some of our own burning questions about his inspirational career, his plans for the future, and of course, his reaction to the outpouring of response after his comments at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast. (Snip) Insider: Over the past week,

The Tea Party dead?
Don´t even consider it
Hernando Today (FL), by Henry Kelley    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 2/13/2013 9:19:08 PM     Post Reply
Every day I read or hear pundits spending energy telling us the Tea Party is dead. Daily. Repeatedly. If we were dead, we´d have about as much media time as, oh, Michael Dukakis. However, our principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility are starting to actually resonate. All it took was a simple expiring 2 percent payroll tax hike to destroy four years of "government for free" fiction. Anyone else notice that "fiscal cliff" tax hikes have already been consumed by the spending for Superstorm (aka a "weak Category 1 for Floridians") Sandy?

Washington Post Hires
Lobbyist Hilary Rosen
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2013 9:09:43 PM     Post Reply
The Washington Post has announced that it is adding Hilary Rosen, a long-time Democrat operative, attorney, and lobbyist, to its editorial pages. Rosen will join a parade of liberals and Democrat operatives, one Republican operative, and others as one of the "Insiders" writing daily political commentary. Washington Post Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt said he looks forward to Rosen´s contribution. "Hilary will be a lively addition to our diverse voices. Like Ed, she is an experienced insider with strong views and an original, independent mind." Rosen is most recently known for attacking GOP

Menendez Friend: ´We Spend
Every Easter Together´ in
Dominican Republic
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2013 9:02:48 PM     Post Reply
A friend of New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez and Democratic Party mega-donor Dr. Salomon Melgen may have mistakenly confirmed more details of the senator’s alleged wrongdoing. On Monday, Dominican Republic lawyer and politician Vinicio Castillo Seman confirmed that Menendez was at the posh Casa de Campo resort on Easter last year. “I’ve known Menendez as a friend and of my cousin Salomon Melgen,” Castillo said, according to the news outlet Dominican Today. “No one has come forward on the allegations and evil accusations, we spend every Easter together in

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