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States worry about rate shock
during shift to new health law
Los Angeles Times, by Noam N. Levey    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 2/18/2013 10:52:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Less than a year before Americans will be required to have insurance under President Obama´s healthcare law, many of its backers are growing increasingly anxious that premiums could jump, driven up by the legislation itself. Higher premiums could undermine a core promise of the Affordable Care Act: to make basic health protections available to all Americans for the first time. Major rate increases also threaten to cause a backlash just as the law is supposed to deliver many key benefits Obama promised when he signed it in 2010.

Whiskey lovers cheer as
Maker´s Mark restores proof
CBS News, by Staff/AP    Original Article
Posted By: Not your typical New Yorker- 2/18/2013 10:45:31 AM     Post Reply
The producer of Maker´s Mark bourbon is reversing a decision to cut the amount of alcohol in bottles of its famous whiskey. Rob Samuels, Maker´s Mark´s chief operating officer, said Sunday that it is restoring the alcohol volume of its product to its historic level of 45 percent, or 90 proof. Last week, it said it was lowering the amount to 42 percent, or 84 proof, because of a supply shortage. The company in a statement on its website on Sunday said to its followers: "You spoke. We listened. And we´re sincerely sorry we let you down."

A Mayor unplugged from reality
New York Post, by Robert Bryce    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 10:44:48 AM     Post Reply
Mayor Bloomberg wants to double down on electric vehicles, but it’s a bad bet for New York. In his State of the City speech last week, Bloomberg said he wants to add 10,000 new electric-vehicle charging stations over the next seven years. To that end, he wants the City Council to amend building codes so that 20 percent of all new parking spaces must be “wired and ready for electric vehicles.” The city can be as “wired and ready” as Bloomberg likes, but he can’t make consumers buy electric cars. More important, he can’t overcome

  


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Presidents Day should be
a chance to remember,
honor greatness
Star Ledger [Newark,NJ], by Nick Ragone    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2013 10:43:56 AM     Post Reply
Presidents Day is ostensibly a time to celebrate the great men who helped shape the nation. It’s an oddly named holiday, if for no other reason than few would hold the presidents with equal reverence. Once upon a time, we celebrated the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln separately, an honor befitting their outsized legacies. It’s universally accepted that their accomplishments merit unequal treatment in that regard. It was Richard Nixon, of all people, who decided to replace Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays for the more generic Presidents Day,

Rick Warren’s Shadow SOTU
National Review, by Kathryn Jean Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/18/2013 10:35:48 AM     Post Reply
‘I’m not interested in politics,” Rick Warren announced to a small press gathering. While such a statement from a religious leader is not all that unusual, it was quite countercultural in Washington, D.C., on the day of the president’s State of the Union address. Warren, the Evangelical author of The Purpose-Driven Life, which has sold more than 30 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages, leads southern California’s Saddleback Church, where he once hosted a presidential forum between John McCain and Barack Obama, back in the day. Warren is not shy about sharing that he

Scarborough: Ted Cruz
Acting ´Like Carnival Barker´
NewsBusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 10:34:33 AM     Post Reply
The trashing of Ted Cruz continues apace in the bien-pensant MSM. From the New York Times, to the Washington Post, to Politico and elsewhere, the liberal media has the new Republican Senator from Texas in its sights. Joe Scarborough is clearly camped out on the Cruz-bashing bandwagon. Earlier this month, so offended was the sensitive Scarborough by Cruz that he wouldn´t deign to mention him by name. Today, not to be outdone by Frank Bruni, who called Cruz "an ornery, swaggering piece of work," Scarborough declared that Cruz acts like "a carnival barker at a

9 Phony Martyrs of the Left
FrontPage Magazine, by Larry Schweikart    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/18/2013 10:26:11 AM     Post Reply
Every religion has its martyrs, and so it is with the American Left. Myths have been built around myriad “wronged” radicals/communists and endless ink spilled about the injustice of their fate. Indeed, when I looked at more than 15 mainstream U.S. college history textbooks several years ago for my 48 Liberal Lies of American History, almost all of them flatly stated or strongly implied that Sacco and Vanzetti, the Rosenbergs, and Alger Hiss, among others, were prosecuted only for their ideology, not for their crimes. In fact, the leftist hall of shame is filled with culprits who were actually

  


  

EEOC Threatens Lawsuits for Hiring
´Discrimination´ over Criminal Records
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 10:12:30 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced last April that the "Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions" would be updated so an employer´s use of an "individual’s criminal history in making employment decisions may, in some instances, violate the prohibition against employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964." EEOC spokeswoman Christine Nazer wrote in an e-mail to Breitbart News: The EEOC does not--and cannot--force employers to hire ex-convicts... Our interest in employers making employment decisions based on arrest and conviction records is based on

If Mark Zuckerberg were British…
Telegraph (UK), by Alexis Dormandy    Original Article
Posted By: JumboHC- 2/18/2013 10:10:20 AM     Post Reply
In case anyone hadn’t spotted it by now, culture is the vital element in the success or failure of everything: from our sports teams, to our businesses, to our country as a whole. A bad culture is blamed for our failures, but is frequently overlooked as part of success. Yesterday saw it come to the fore again – in the form of Bob Diamond exposing the negatives of banking culture at the Treasury Select Committee, and across the city, David Cameron enthusing us at the launch of another tech start-up initiative ...

Kirsten Powers And Panel Hit
Media Hard On SOTU: They
Fawn Over ‘Every Stupid Idea
Barack Obama Has’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 10:02:36 AM     Post Reply
Fox News Watch, Fox’s media bias program, took on the media coverage of the State of the Union and Marco Rubio‘s awkward water bottle moment in his response. Kirsten Powers went after President Obama the hardest, criticizing the media for fawning over every single speech Obama says and derisively saying that being a liberal is more than just liking “every stupid idea” the president has. (Snip) Jon Scott said that most of the media gave Obama a thumbs up for the State of the Union address. Powers said the media finds every one of Obama’s speeches “brilliant,”

Dr. Ben Carson For President?
‘I’ll Leave That Up To God’
He Tells This Week
Mediaite, by Meenal Vamburkar    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 9:57:00 AM     Post Reply
Dr. Ben Carson made quite a splash with his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast — even recently eliciting a “Ben Carson for President” editorial from the Wall Street Journal. On Sunday, Carson paid a visit to This Week to react to the paper’s statement as well as the “overwhelming” response he’s received. “Before I gave that talk, I prayed and asked God to give me wisdom — what to say, what would resonate what would be important,” Carson said, asked about the response to his remarks. Adding that he didn’t feel it was “particularly political,”

  


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Politico: Jesse Jackson Jr.
and His Wife ´Lost Track of
the Line Between Campaign
Cash and Personal Funds´
NewsBusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 9:50:18 AM     Post Reply
In anticipation of Jesse Jackson Jr.´s indictment on Friday afternoon, Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan at the Politico seemed all too willing to hand out sympathy cards to Jackson and his wife, both of whom stand to do time in prison for offenses relating to their raid of the congressman´s campaign funds. Specifically, the Politico pair wrote: "It’s a story of a Chicago power couple that lost track of the line between campaign cash and personal funds in a spiral of money troubles." Gosh, I didn´t know that line was so blurred. Excerpts from the write-up follow the

Retirees today are worse off
than their parents for the first
time since Great Depression
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/18/2013 9:46:55 AM     Post Reply
The recession has caused new retirees to be worse off financially than their parents when they finally leave the workforce. It is the first time since the Depression in the 1930s that America´s elderly have less to look forward to than earlier generations. The Washington Post reports that economists on either side of the aisle agree that the combination of a number of negative factors means that the downward shift means that retirees may have to rely on younger relatives in order to survive. ´This is the first time that Americans are going to be relatively worse off than their

Why President Obama keeps the press
away – playing golf with Tiger Woods
doesn’t look good with 12 million
Americans out of work and
a $16 trillion debt
Telegraph [UK], by Nile Gardiner    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/18/2013 9:31:58 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama has kept the press well away this President’s Day (Washington´s Birthday) weekend (hat tip: Drudge Report) as he golfs with Tiger Woods in Florida. As Politico’s Dylan Byers writes: [Snip] "Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend," Henry said in a statement, relayed in a White House pool report. "There is a very simple but important principle

Kerry Warns About Cost of
Sequestration to State Dep’t,
Mum on $2.4 Billion For Pakistan
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 9:28:37 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry says looming sequestration cuts that will reduce the State Department’s fiscal year 2013 budget by $2.6 billion could affect sensitive areas like diplomatic security and aid to Israel – but is silent on Pakistan, a country that alone accounts for $2.4 billion in the existing FY2013 request. In a letter last week to Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Milkuski (D-Md.), Kerry said the across-the-board cut of $2.6 billion “would seriously impair our ability to execute our vital missions of national security, diplomacy and development.” Some $850 million would have

  


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John O´Farrell was sorry that the
Brighton bomb didn´t kill Margaret
Thatcher. Was his disappointment
eased by the injuries incurred
by my wife?
Telegraph [UK], by Norman Tebbit    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/18/2013 9:26:37 AM     Post Reply
I had not intended to write about the Eastleigh by-election this week, since it is still very hard to reach any judgment on which factors will influence electors there.[Snip] Perhaps the most interesting speculation revolves around the Labour candidate, John O´Farrell. It was not in any off-the-cuff, over-the-top, spur-of-the-moment that Mr O´Farrell expressed his support for the SinnFein/IRA terrorists who attempted to murder Margaret Thatcher in the Brighton bombing. He put his thoughts into a book. It was published. They are on the record. He wrote that he was disappointed that Mrs Thatcher survived. "Why did she have to leave

Commander Says ISAF Will Comply
With Karzai’s Air Support Ban
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 9:24:53 AM     Post Reply
The commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said Sunday coalition forces will comply with President Hamid Karzai’s directive banning national forces from calling in coalition airstrikes, an order that has left some Afghans troubled. U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, just days into his new post, told reporters Karzai was exercising “sovereignty” and that there were ways for the coalition to support the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) other than the use of air ordnance. “We are prepared to provide support in line with the president’s intent,”

Fears over ´extortionate’
US fines on British firms
Telegraph [UK], by Richard Blackden    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 2/18/2013 9:18:07 AM     Post Reply
It started last June when Barclays was ordered to pay a $360m (£230m) fine over allegations its traders had manipulated Libor, one of the world’s most important interest rates. Since then, in an extraordinary eight-month period, a roster of top British companies has been fined an unprecedented $10.9bn by US authorities ranging from the Department of Justice (DoJ) to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Just days after Barclays was hit with its fine, drug maker GlaxoSmithKline agreed to hand over $3bn for mismarketing anti-depressants to children. Last August, Standard Chartered paid $340m to settle allegations it violated America’s

Whole Foods CEO: ´Business Has
Been Hated by the Intellectuals
and Elites for All Time´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Joel Griffith    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 9:15:42 AM     Post Reply
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey delivered the opening keynote address for the International Students for Liberty Conference this weekend. Mackey stressed that capitalism has the power to eradicate poverty in the next century, expressed concern over capitalism’s “branding problem”, and maintained that “self-interest” alone is an insufficient moral foundation for the system. The themes presented by Mackey closely followed the premises of his new book, Conscious Capitalism. Mackey’s analysis re-framed the issue of income inequality. Proponents of government control often point to wealth disparity as a social evil resulting from capitalism. However, Mackey noted that since capitalism’s development

Bad news: The asteroid that just
missed Earth is coming back. And...
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 2/18/2013 9:10:16 AM     Post Reply
In terms of a family car vacation, the ancient asteroid that flew by Earth Friday may have seemed far away -- 17,200 miles. In astronomical terms, however, Asteroid 2012 AD 14 was actually very close, much closer, for example, than the Moon´s 239,000 miles. And computer projections of that asteroid´s Earth-like orbit into the future currently forecast an upcoming earthly encounter of the explosive kind. More on that disastrous possibility in a minute.

  



Disabled New Market man,
forced from theater, dies
Frederick News Post [MD], by Cara R. Anthony and Patti S. Borda    Original Article
Posted By: US Veteran- 2/18/2013 8:44:30 AM     Post Reply
State and county officials are trying to determine why a developmentally disabled man died Saturday after off-duty sheriff´s deputies tried to remove him from a Frederick movie theater. The Frederick County Bureau of Investigation and the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating the death of Robert E. Saylor, 26, of New Market, after he suffered a medical emergency at the Regal Cinemas Westview Stadium 16, a Frederick County Sheriff´s Office news release stated.

Breitbart´s Ben Shapiro
Replaces Karl Rove as CA
GOP Convention Keynote
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 8:40:52 AM     Post Reply
Breitbart News editor-at-large Ben Shapiro will give a keynote address at the California Republican Party convention this March, taking the spot previously scheduled for Karl Rove. According to the Sacramento Bee, "Rove´s talk has been moved to the Saturday luncheon because of a scheduling conflict," and the CA Republican Party "had been seeking to book a speaker who would appeal to conservatives in light of a rift caused by Rove´s newly announced Conservative Victory Project." Conservatives and Tea Partiers have claimed Rove´s super PAC was created to go to war against them in Republican primaries.

SEC Investigating Possible
Insider Trading in Heinz Buyout
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/18/2013 8:35:48 AM     Post Reply
In one of the fastest enforcement actions ever filed for suspicious trading, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen a Swiss trading account that turned a $90,000 options play into $1.7 million profit just before Heinz’s recent $23 billion buyout by billionaire Warren Buffett and Brazilian equity firm 3G Capital. "If we didn´t act [to freeze assets] and ended up proving a case of insider trading but the money had gone, it would be a pyrrhic victory," said chief of the SEC market abuse enforcement unit Daniel Hawke. Heinz stock price skyrocketed $12.02 upon news of the

Alec fast & slur-ious:
Blasts Post fotog in a ´racist´ rant
New York Post, by Leonard Greene    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/18/2013 8:06:45 AM     Post Reply
Actor Alec Baldwin allegedly calls a black Post photographer a racial epithet, a "crackhead" and a "drug dealer" during a confrontation on an East Village street yesterday morning, prompting police to intervene.Baldwin had first been approached by a Post reporter while walking his dogs outside his East 10th Street pad at around 10:50 a.m. He was asked for comment on a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, involving her work as a yoga instructor.

Detectives investigating Newtown massacre
find Adam Lanza´s violent video games, ponder
the 20-year-old mimicking a gory game scene
New York Daily News, by Adan Edeknab    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/18/2013 7:14:28 AM     Post Reply
Connecticut police found thousands of dollars worth of violent video games in the home of Adam Lanza, who mercilessly gunned down 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. During a search of the Newtown home he shared with his mother, Nancy Lanza, who also died Dec. 10 at the hands of her son, authorities discovered what appeared to be dozens, if not hundreds, of graphically violent games, the Hartford Courant reported.

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