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US tourists swim for 14 hours
after boat sinks
Associated Press, by Danica Coto    Original Article
Posted By: noddy- 4/25/2013 9:36:45 PM     Post Reply
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The fishing trip off the rugged north coast of St. Lucia was supposed to last all day, but about four hours into the journey, the boat´s electric system crackled and popped. Dan Suski, a 30-year-old business owner and information technology expert from San Francisco, had been wrestling a 200-pound marlin in rough seas with help from his sister, Kate Suski, a 39-year-old architect from Seattle. It was around noon April 21. He was still trying to reel in the fish when water rushed into the cabin

Obama’s Meaningless ‘Red Line’?
Weekly Standard, by Lee Smith    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/25/2013 9:32:04 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration now believes that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad may have used chemical weapons. Today the White House released a letter explaining that the American “intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specially the chemical agent sarin.” Now that Assad has crossed an Obama redline, will the administration’s Syria policy get tougher? Don’t count on it. Obama announced last summer that the use of chemical weapons “would change my calculations significantly.” Britain, France and Israel have all reported within the last

Obamacare’s uncertainty strikes Congress
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/25/2013 9:28:11 PM     Post Reply
Politico shook up the health care policy world Wednesday night with a report that members of Congress in both parties were holding secret talks to try to exempt members and their staffs from Obamacare. Before I get into the complicated layers of issues involved, the bigger picture is this: members of Congress and their staffs are grappling with the type of uncertainty and logistical headaches that individuals and businesses are struggling with as they try to adapt to life under an extremely complex and poorly drafted law. The essential issue is this. Back in Sept. 2009, when the

  


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Howard Kurtz Scolds Fox
For Having Dana Perino Interview
Former Boss George W. Bush
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/25/2013 9:19:17 PM     Post Reply
CNN’s resident media critic sent out a video on Thursday afternoon criticizing Fox News for having former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino interview her former boss George W. Bush upon the opening of his new presidential library in Dallas, Texas. According to Howard Kurtz, her interview of Bush represents the exact sort of conflict-of-interest that would be rebuked by conservatives if this were a former Democratic spokesperson interviewing their former boss. “Can you imagine the reaction at Fox if Obama had left office and [his former spokesman] Robert Gibbs was sent by

Beck Shares 3rd Boston Suspect
Theory With O’Reilly, Claims White
House ‘Hiding The Saudi Connections’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/25/2013 9:16:47 PM     Post Reply
For the past week or so, Glenn Beck has been touting a theory that the Saudi national initially brought in for questioning in the investigations over the Boston Marathon bombing may be more connected to the terror attack than we thought. Beck sat down with Bill O’Reilly tonight to share his theory, accusing the Obama administration of engaging in a cover-up and destroying documents related to the Saudi national. Glenn Beck detailed how federal officials investigated and interrogated the Saudi student before letting him go, claiming that he has multiple sources inside the Obama administration

NY Times to roll out new
products in search of revenue
Reuters, by Jennifer Saba    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/25/2013 9:06:55 PM     Post Reply
New York Times Co reported a decline in quarterly revenue on weak advertising sales but said it would try to grow out of the slump by expanding its suite of digital products. The 11.2 percent drop in advertising revenue in the first quarter underscores the pressure that the New York Times faces to increase its subscription revenue, especially for its digital products, and find new veins of income. The company plans to roll out a line of lower-priced products - including an expansion into e-commerce and games - to attract more readers around the world.

Sen. Harry Reid: Congress
is not ducking ´Obamacare´
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/25/2013 9:06:34 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday tried to shoot down reports that members of Congress want to exempt themselves and staffers from President Obama’s health care law, even though their participation was written into the law. “There are not now, have never been, nor will there ever be any discussions about exempting members of Congress or congressional staff from Affordable Care Act provisions that apply to any employees of any other public or private employers offering health care,” a Reid spokesman said. The statement came in response to a Politico story about “high-level,

  


  

Where to watch the White
House Correspondents´ Dinner
Washington Examiner [DC], by Nikki Schwab    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/25/2013 9:00:44 PM     Post Reply
Since only so many people can be crammed into the ballroom at the Washington Hilton to watch Conan O´Brien and President Obama live, the White House Correspondents´ Dinner is being broadcast on TV and online, too. All Saturday afternoon, C-SPAN will be airing archival footage, with live coverage starting at 6:15 p.m. CNN´s Don Lemon, Brianna Keilar and Nischelle Turner will be anchoring that network´s coverage. Live remarks start at 10 p.m. In addition, CNN will broadcast celebrity arrivals from 6 to 7 p.m. Finally, for the first time ever, E! News will be live-streaming celebrity arrivals, as well,

RNC needs binders
The Hill, by Cheri Jacobus    Original Article
Posted By: hornet- 4/25/2013 8:57:35 PM     Post Reply
Holding my nose, I engaged in RNC bean counting. It isn’t pretty. What prompted this? Yet another Republican National Committee (RNC) cringe-worthy press release proudly patting itself on the back with the announcement of a mid-level job created to “reach out” to African-American media and the hiring of (presumably) an African-American to fill the post, who will report to another mid-level ethnic minority hire charged with reaching out to minorities. This comes on the heels of a press release announcing the addition of two men of Asian ethnicity whose mid-level job description is outreach to Asian ethnic voters and

Calif. bill would let non-citizens
serve on juries
Associated Press, by Judy Lin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/25/2013 8:26:11 PM     Post Reply
SACRAMENTO, California -- The California Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty. Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, said his bill, AB1401, would help California widen the pool of prospective jurors and help integrate immigrants into the community. It does not change other criteria for being eligible to serve on a jury, such as being at least 18, living in the county that is making the summons, and being proficient in English.

The Difference Between 43
and 44? Not So Much
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/25/2013 8:23:57 PM     Post Reply
President Obama was fittingly if uncharacteristically gracious in describing his predecessor on Thursday. Speaking at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Mr. Obama praised Mr. Bush for his "incredible strength and resolve," his "compassion" and his "commitment to reaching across the aisle." "The first thing I found in that desk the day I took office was a letter from George," Mr. Obama recalled. "He knew that I would come to learn what he had learned—that being president, above all, is a humbling job." It might be particularly humbling for the 44th

  


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Bombers´ Mosque In Boston
A Factory For Terrorists
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/25/2013 8:22:32 PM     Post Reply
Homeland Insecurity: The New York Times thinks the Boston bombers "self-radicalized" on the Web. But it didn´t look at their mosque, which has churned out other terrorists, too. USA Today, on the other hand, did look at their mosque — the Islamic Society of Boston — and found "a curriculum that radicalizes people," according to a local source quoted in the paper´s investigation. "Other people have been radicalized there." In fact, several ISB members and leaders have been convicted or suspected of terrorism, including: • Abdurahman Alamoudi, the mosque´s founder and first president, who in 2004 was sentenced

Nearly Sideswiped by
Another Green Car
Wall Street Journal, by Kimberley A. Strassel    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/25/2013 8:20:05 PM     Post Reply
Fisker Automotive featured in a House hearing this week, as congressmen questioned how that luxury electric-car maker—now in financial straits—ever qualified for a $529 million federal loan guarantee. The Obama Energy Department is facing some awkward questions—a la Solyndra—about what role politics played in granting that subsidy. Perhaps we need not guess. For an excellent study in how green-energy cronyism works, look instead to the near miss (for taxpayers) of Next AutoWorks. That startup applied for a $320 million federal loan guarantee in 2009, promising a Louisiana factory that would produce cheap and fuel-efficient cars. Next didn´t, ultimately, get its loans.

Furlough ObamaCare Folks,
Not Air Traffic Controllers
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/25/2013 8:18:32 PM     Post Reply
Corruption: The administration furloughed federal workers whose absences would cause the most pain to the public. ObamaCare officials, meanwhile, are still at work, though they should have been the first ones sent home. In an effort to sour the public on the automatic cuts of sequestration, and try to get the voters to blame Republicans for the deal that was President Obama´s idea, the administration has furloughed air traffic controllers — leading to more than 1,000 delays since the furloughs were implemented last weekend — and canceled White House tours, causing disruptions, inconvenience and frustration for the public. Quite clearly, the

Chinese official sacked after 'citizen
journalists´ expose extravagant banquet
Guardian (UK), by Jonathan Kalman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/25/2013 7:59:11 PM     Post Reply
Zhang Aihua did what he could to appease the outraged mob that burst into his private party, shocked as they were to witness tables strewn with rare Yangtze river fish and imported wine. He knelt on a table, picked up a loudhailer, and begged for forgiveness. As the Communist party boss of an industrial zone in Taizhou City, in the south-east of Jiangsu province, Zhang probably knew that this revelation of official profligacy would cost him his job. "I was wrong tonight. Please forgive me. I´ll do anything if you let me go," he pleaded, according to state media.

  


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Assad crosses the red line, so will
Obama change his failed policy?
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 4/25/2013 7:32:05 PM     Post Reply
Leading from behind yet again, the Obama administration conceded what its allies had already determined, namely that Syria has used chemical weapons. In language designed to minimize the significance of crossing the “red line” and of the “game changer” that President Obama had deemed chemical weapons use would be, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) that chemical weapons had in all likelihood been used “on a small scale.” That’s the diplomatic equivalent of “a little pregnant”; you either are or you aren’t.

Dunkin’ franchisees find
own way to support Boston
Boston Herald, by Donna Goodison    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 4/25/2013 7:29:23 PM     Post Reply
Law enforcement and emergency officials ran on Dunkin’ during Friday’s marathon bombing manhunt. And the Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees who provided them with free food and coffee have rejected offers of compensation from their parent company, saying the handouts were their personal contributions of support. “People felt honored to be part of the team, and it really was a team that helped overcome this really tragic event,” said Nigel Travis, CEO of Canton’s Dunkin’ Brands Group. “We could give them free food, we could give them money, but they didn’t want anything.”

Bush Is Looking Better
In Boston Aftermath
Investor´s business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/25/2013 7:24:50 PM     Post Reply
War On Terror: Could the Boston bombing have happened on the 43rd president´s watch? Perhaps, but his response might have been different from what we´re seeing now. Nice things tend to happen to former presidents, and George W. Bush is no exception. In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 47% of the respondents approved the job he did as president. That puts him roughly in Barack Obama´s range (slightly below 50% in recent months) and well above his low point of 23%. This rebound in public esteem is a common trend. But it´s worth noting that the new

A dozen flag-draped coffins
for Texas´ dead: Obama joins
mourners at emotional service
for victims of fertilizer
plant explosion
Daily Mail (UK), Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/25/2013 7:13:06 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama told mourners at an emotional memorial service for victims of a Texas plant explosion that their community is not alone at this time of great tragedy. With a dozen flag-draped coffins of before him, Obama said: ´We´re neighbors too. We´re American too, we stand with you and we do not forget.´ The April 17 fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas, erupted and leveled part of the town and killed 14 people. The memorial service was held at Baylor University in nearby Waco. Scroll down for video - ´This small town´s family is bigger now,´ Obama said

Feds Won´t Say if Tsarnaevs
Had Gov´t-Funded Phones
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Winton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 4/25/2013 7:09:11 PM     Post Reply
On Thursday, the Boston Herald reported that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) refused to answer questions about whether Boston terror suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had a government-paid cellphone because of privacy laws. The Herald reported Wednesday that “Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife and 3-year-old daughter collected welfare until 2012 and that both Tamerlan and Dzhokhar received benefits through their parents ‘for a limited portion’ of the time after they came to the U.S., which was around 2002.”

  



Obama consoles families,
survivors of Texas blast
Associated Press, by Josh Lederman & Danny Robbins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/25/2013 7:08:46 PM     Post Reply
WACO, Texas— President Barack Obama consoled a rural Texas community rocked by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, telling mourners Thursday they are not alone in their grief and they will have the nation´s support to rebuild from the devastation. "This small town´s family is bigger now," Obama said during a memorial service at Baylor University for victims of last week´s explosion in nearby West, Texas, that killed 14 and injured 200. Nearly 10,000 gathered to remember the first responders killed in the blast, a crowd more than triple the size of West´s entire population of 2,700.

Fox News Will Air One-hour
Gosnell Documentary, Reports
New Poll on Gosnell Blackout
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/25/2013 7:04:48 PM     Post Reply
Fox News will air a one-hour documentary on Sunday night, May 5 titled "See No Evil – The Kermit Gosnell Murders.” The scheduled documentary will be the most in-depth coverage the "house of horrors" murder trial has yet to receive on a major news network. The latest Fox News poll asked voters why they thought the Gosnell case received relatively little attention from the national press. The most common answer: Liberal media bias. Forty-one percent of voters think the lack of coverage is because there’s a pro-abortion rights bias in the news media. Another 26 percent say the lack

Boston victim opts for amputation,
sees better life with prosthetic
Los Angeles Times, by Seema Mehta    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/25/2013 6:25:20 PM     Post Reply
Every year on Patriots Day, Heather Abbott and her friends take the train from Providence, R.I., to Boston and watch the Red Sox game before meeting other friends for drinks. The 38-year-old and two girlfriends had just arrived at a bar on Boylston Street and were waiting in line when Abbott heard an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (Snip)“I was on the ground, everyone was running to the back of the bar to the exit. I felt like my foot as on fire and I knew I couldn’t stand up.”

Amazon’s Profit Falls as It Spends
Heavily on Distribution Centers
New York Times, by Nick Wingfield    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/25/2013 6:19:39 PM     Post Reply
SEATTLE — Profits at Amazon are like a tributary that dries up for extended periods of time, while the company diverts them into any number of ambitious new projects intended to ensure a lush future. On Thursday, Amazon told investors it’s still not time for a drink. The Internet retailer reported a 37 percent decrease in profits for the first three months of the year. That drop was expected, and even a bit less than some investors had forecast,(Snip)Amazon had previously told analysts to expect its sales to grow to between $15 billion and $16.6 billion,

Who is our enemy?
CNN, by Will Cain & Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/25/2013 5:39:08 PM     Post Reply
Editor´s note: Will Cain is a CNN contributor and co-host of Real News at The Blaze. Andrew C. McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, is a contributor to National Review and author of "Willful Blindness: Memoir of the Jihad." The following is an e-mail exchange/debate between Cain and McCarthy. (CNN) -- Will Cain: Andy, who are we fighting in the war on terror? I don´t mean to turn this into a freshman Political Science 101 question, but this is a pretty important issue. The answer to that question should protect us not only from terrorists,

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