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Feinstein: ´Talking points were wrong´
Politico, by Tarini Parti    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 5/12/2013 11:50:51 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the talking points used on the Sunday news shows following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were wrong, adding that the administration should have been quicker in calling it a terrorist act. “I think the talking points were wrong,” the California Democrat who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on NBC´s “Meet the Press.” “I think the talking points should not be written by the intelligence community.” “Unfortunately," she added, "the word extremist was used which isn’t not as crystal clear as terrorist.”

West EMT "let go" after explosion
KPRC [Houston, TX], by Robert Arnold    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/12/2013 11:49:40 AM     Post Reply
Local 2 Investigates learned an Emergency Medical Technician arrested Friday on federal charges had been "let go" from the West EMS department just days after the explosion, according to state health officials. Bryce Ashley Reed, an EMT who responded to the explosion at the West fertilizer company, currently faces federal charges of possession of a destructive device. However, investigators said they have found no connection between Reed and the explosion. "We removed him from the roster for West EMS (Friday) after receiving notice that he was let go from there," Carrie Williams with the Texas Department of State

Mom´s texts raised flags
Boston Herald, by Erin Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/12/2013 11:44:46 AM     Post Reply
Russian agents intercepted text messages showing Tamerlan Tsarnaev wanted to join up with militant jihadists, according to a new report — a revelation that could have put the Boston bomber under closer federal watch, experts say, if it was shared with U.S. officials. “That could have been the trigger that put him under surveillance,” said Cedric Leighton, former deputy director of training at the National Security Agency. “Although in and of itself each text message may not have shown anything, it’s still important to put all the pieces together. Some little snippet of information could make all the difference.”



Administration Relying on Shoddy
Benghazi Report to Absolve Itself of Blame
Weekly Standard, by Victoria Toensing    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/12/2013 11:42:56 AM     Post Reply
The White House has touted the Accountability Review Board (ARB) investigation of the Benghazi massacre as a review “led by two men of unimpeachable expertise and credibility that oversaw a process that was rigorous and unsparing.” In fact, the report was purposefully incomplete and willfully misleading. The two men in charge of the ARB, Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Admiral Thomas Mullen, a diplomat and military man respectively, have no meaningful investigative experience. Instead of letting the facts lead the direction of the investigation, the report appears designed to protect the interests of Hillary Clinton, the State Department higher ups,

Kucinich: Obama´s Libya Policy
to Blame for Death of
Four Americans in Benghazi
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Harper    Original Article
Posted By: JimR3- 5/12/2013 11:42:39 AM     Post Reply
Liberal former congressman Dennis Kucinich blamed President Obama´s Libya policy for the death of four Americans in Benghazi. Kucinich also said the Obama administration politicized the response to Benghazi because they "were in the circumference of an election, and when you get on the eve of an election, everything becomes political." (Snip) Fox host Chris Wallace asked, "So do you think those talking points were politically scrubbed?" "Of course they were," said Kucinich. "Come on, are you kidding?

Emanuel says he´ll seek
2nd term as Chicago mayor
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 5/12/2013 11:41:21 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans on seeking re-election in 2015 and says he´s not seeking higher office. The former White House chief of staff told the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/10Bg9hW ) he´d support a presidential run of either Vice President Joe Biden or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but he´s not going anywhere. Emanuel took office in 2011 and says if he wins a second term he´ll serve it out. Emanuel says 1 of the frustrations has been changing Chicago´s culture to 1 of accountability. He acknowledged the political risk of his plan to close 54 city schools.

ABC: Petraeus called final Benghazi
talking points “useless” the day
before Rice’s full Ginsburg
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/12/2013 11:36:57 AM     Post Reply
One of the mysteries in the Benghazi scandal has been the role of David Petraeus, who was then the Director of the CIA but was forced to resign in a personal scandal shortly thereafter. While the White House and State Department tried to cobble together talking points to explain away the terrorist attack that took four American lives, what did Petraeus do? According to new information reported for the first time by Jonathan Karl on ABC News’ This Week earlier this morning, Petraeus rejected the final version as “useless” —



The Power Of Drudge: A Little
Civics Lesson For Janet Napolitano
And Barack Obama
Forbes Magazine, by Ralph Benko    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 5/12/2013 11:33:58 AM     Post Reply
Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is on the list of potential Democratic presidential candidates compiled by the extraordinarily astute Prez16.com . As a cabinet secretary (and as a potential, if dark horse, presidential nominee) Madame Secretary should refrain from slurring the Drudge Report, as recently she did, a slur Drudge, confidently, featured. Drudge is no fan of Napolitano. He regularly tweaks her as “Big Sis” (presumably an allusion to George Orwell’s “Big Brother”). Drudge is one of the most powerful — and widely respected — forces in the news business today.

The Taxman vs. the Tea Party
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/12/2013 11:33:04 AM     Post Reply
AS a taxpayer and a conservative who hopes to remain on good terms with the Internal Revenue Service for many April 15ths to come, I don’t want to speculate too freely about the motives of the “low level” I.R.S. employees who decided to single out Tea Party groups for an inappropriate level of attention during the heat of the 2012 campaign. But I’m willing to guess this much: Even though an American Civil Liberties Union official described their excessive interest in right-wing groups as “about as constitutionally troubling as it gets,” the bureaucrats in question probably thought

A Pulitzer the Times Doesn´t Want
National Review Online, by John O´Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/12/2013 11:29:23 AM     Post Reply
Andrew Stuttaford has several times drawn attention to the decision of the Grey Lady to keep the Pulitzer Prize that was awarded to Walter Duranty for his reporting of Soviet Russia that praised Stalin, sugar-coated the crimes of the Soviet regime, and in particular denied the forced Ukrainian famine. (Snip)An opposite situation has now arisen. Both organizations are jointly resisting the posthumous award of a Pulitzer to Ed Kennedy, the Associated Press reporter, who broke the official 24-hour embargo on releasing news of the German surrender to the Allies at Reims on the Western front.

Obama repeats energy
mistakes of the past
The Chieftain (Pueblo, CO), by Bob Beauprez    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 5/12/2013 11:26:00 AM     Post Reply
A new language was introduced in Washington when President Barack Obama began his first term in office. For a time, it flummoxed his observers, including many Republicans, who were caught off-balance by the combination of the president’s soaring rhetoric and his Chicago-style politics. The language is newspeak. Introduced by George Orwell, it is characterized by using familiar words and phrases in unfamiliar ways. In the president’s parlance, “fair” means skewering the upper middle-class and redistributing their wealth. "Necessary investments" are excuses to raise taxes and grow government. Similar convoluted definitions exist in the president’s energy policy pronouncements.



Palin World Keeps
Distance from Senate Buzz
National Review Online, by Robert Costa    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/12/2013 11:22:43 AM     Post Reply
A group of tea-party activists — the Tea Party Leadership Fund — is trying to draft Sarah Palin to run for Senate in 2014, when incumbent Alaska Democrat Mark Begich is up for reelction. But don’t expect Palin to take the bait. In a statement, her adviser Tim Crawford throws cold water on the speculation. She appreciates the interest, but she doesn’t “support” the effort. Governor Palin is grateful and honored by those Americans who support her and her beliefs. However, the draft Sarah Palin for Senate fundraising campaign initiated by the Tea Party Leadership Fund is not authorized,

Gates: Some Benghazi critics
have "cartoonish" view of
military capability
CBS News, by Jake Miller    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/12/2013 11:09:50 AM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates forcefully defended the Obama administration on Sunday against charges that it did not do enough to prevent the tragedy in Benghazi, telling CBS´ "Face the Nation" that some critics of the administration have a "cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces." Gates, a Republican who was appointed by then-President George W. Bush in 2006 and agreed to stay through more than two years of President Obama´s first term, repeatedly declined to criticize the policymakers who devised a response to the September 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya,

IRS Mess
Time Magazine, by Joe Klein    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 5/12/2013 10:52:58 AM     Post Reply
The Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups is outrageous. Those who did this should be fired immediately. That’s obvious. It continues a slovenly week for Barack Obama. The President has been very proud of the absence of scandal in his administration, and rightly so. The inability of his opponents to find any significant corruption in the historic $800 billion stimulus package was a real achievement, given the speed of the payout. None of his top aides have been caught up in taking bribes while in office

Scenes from the
Democrat ruling class
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 5/12/2013 10:50:57 AM     Post Reply
A lengthy criminal investigation of the son of prominent Congressman Chaka Fattah is underway in Philadelphia. It is always a bad thing to have the feds looking into throwing you in the slammer, but if it´s going to happen, then it really helps to have blood ties to the Democratic Machine. They know how to shake money out of trees. (snip) Former Gov. Ed Rendell and former Mayor W. Wilson Goode have launched a fund-raising effort to pay the legal bills of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah´s son, who has been under federal investigation for months.



Liberal Rednecks: A Salute
Canada Free Press, by Kelly O´Connell    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 5/12/2013 10:09:33 AM     Post Reply
The term Liberal Redneck will strike progressives as an absurd contradiction. Yet, Conservatives will have an immediate, wearying familiarity with the angry, judgmental, uninformed and doctrinaire viewpoint of this group. In fact, the Liberal Redneck is every bit as small-minded, bigoted, dismissive, self-righteous, judgmental, uneducated and intolerant as the worst fundamentalist. The problem in America today is that there is never a level playing field offered for the discussion of ideas. Therefore, most important topics are only mentioned in a predetermined format. In other words, one can mention, for example—gay marriage,

Rep. Rogers: Expect more
whistleblowers to testify
on Benghazi
The Hill [Washington DC], by Peter Schroeder    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/12/2013 10:01:44 AM     Post Reply
Congress is hearing from more whistleblowers who wish to testify on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.). Rogers told "Fox News Sunday" that following the testimony of three whistleblowers before the House Oversight Committee, lawmakers have been contacted by other potential witnesses. "We have had people come forward because of the [Oversight] testimony and say we would also like to talk," he said. "I do think we´re going to see more whistleblowers. Certainly my committee has been contacted, I think other committees as well."

In entire court term,
justices see 1 black lawyer
Associated Press, by Mark Sherman    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/12/2013 9:52:10 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In roughly 75 hours of arguments at the Supreme Court since October, only one African-American lawyer appeared before the justices, and for just over 11 minutes. The numbers were marginally better for Hispanic lawyers. Four of them argued for a total of 1 hour, 45 minutes. Women were better represented, accounting for just over 17 percent of the arguments before the justices. In an era when three women, a Hispanic and an African-American sit on the court and white men constitute a bare majority of the nine justices, the court is more diverse

Ice Fishing in May
Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Hobbiest- 5/12/2013 9:45:27 AM     Post Reply
2013 featured the winter that wouldn’t end. Here in Minneapolis, the snow has finally melted and leaves are starting to come out on the trees. Farther north, though, the lakes are still largely frozen. This weekend is the opening of Minnesota’s fishing season, one of the most important dates on the calendar. But it’s hard to go after those walleyes when you’re dodging ice on the lake. The Minneapolis Star Tribune posted this mournful account:Fishing season began Saturday in Minnesota, and in some cases involving significant determination, fishing began Saturday, too. Anglers were greeted by temperatures far colder

When Myths Collide in the Capital
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 5/12/2013 9:43:33 AM     Post Reply
THE capital is in the throes of déjà vu and preview as it plunges back into Clinton Rules, defined by a presidential aide on the hit ABC show “Scandal” as damage control that goes like this: “It’s not true, it’s not true, it’s not true, it’s old news.” The conservatives appearing on Benghazi-obsessed Fox News are a damage patrol with an approach that goes like this: “Lies, paranoia, subpoena, impeach, Watergate, Iran-contra.” (Though now that the I.R.S. has confessed to targeting Tea Party groups, maybe some of the paranoia is justified.)


Mrs. Obama: Seek out those
with different beliefs
Associated Press, by Bruce Schreiner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/12/2013 9:37:02 AM     Post Reply
RICHMOND, Ky.- First lady Michelle Obama urged Eastern Kentucky University graduates on Saturday night to reach out to people with different political beliefs, saying the country would benefit from the conversations. "If you´re a Democrat, spend some time talking to a Republican," Mrs. Obama told about 600 education, business and technology graduates at the third and final commencement ceremony of the day. "And if you´re a Republican, have a chat with a Democrat. Maybe you´ll find some common ground, maybe you won´t." (Snip) She also pointed them to religious congregations different than their own, saying they might hear something

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Virginia
burial: Woman who helped
find plot doesn´t reget actions
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 5/12/2013 9:22:05 AM     Post Reply
DOSWELL, Va. - The Virginia woman whose actions led to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev being buried about 30 miles north of her Richmond home said the angry backlash from local officials, some cemetery neighbors and online critics has been unpleasant, but she has no regrets. (Snip) So Mullen, a mental health counselor in private practice and a graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, sent emails to various faith organizations to see what could be done. She heard back from Islamic Funeral Services of Virginia, which arranged for a funeral plot at the Al-Barzakh cemetery.

And you thought the Sun
just sat there burning
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/12/2013 9:11:09 AM     Post Reply
Former journalist, former representative, former senator, former vice president, former husband, former cable channel owner, former inventor and former environmentalist barker Al Gore has obviously given up the global warming game. It´s amazing what a few hundred million petro-dollars will accomplish. And that fortune saves the 65-year-old from life as a late-night TV spokesman for reverse mortgages. (Snip) In another 4.5- to 5-billion years, right about the time Obama´s national debt will be paid down, our Sun will have used up all its hydrogen fuel. That begins a very long, very nasty decay process

Smitten teen girls stir
up #FreeJahar mania
for Boston Marathon
bombings suspect
New York Post, by Candace M. Giove    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 5/12/2013 8:59:10 AM     Post Reply
This love is terrifying. Thousands of American teen girls are crushing on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19 — and leading a social-media movement to exonerate him. The swooning teens will not accept allegations that the college kid — whom they refer to by his nickname, “Jahar” — and his brother, Tamerlan, 26, killed three and maimed hundreds by setting off bombs at the April 15 race. While some scrawl the hashtag “#FreeJahar” on their hands with markers, an 18-year-old in Topeka, Kan., is going to the extreme — she wants Dzhokhar’s words inked on her arm forever.

Mamas, Don´t Let Your Babies
Serve This President
American Thinker, by Joy Overbeck    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 5/12/2013 8:12:16 AM     Post Reply
On Sunday, four bereaved women will be facing their first Mother´s Day without their beloved sons, who were murdered in Benghazi last September 11. Will Hillary Clinton be thinking of them this Mother´s Day? And if she were to send the Benghazi Moms a Mother´s Day card, would it say, "What Difference at This Point Does It Make"? Clinton herself may well have made a difference -- a life-or-death difference. Evidence is mounting that Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens, staffer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods could be alive

The Boy Toy´s Story
New York Times, by David Segal    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 5/12/2013 8:01:25 AM     Post Reply
RENO, Nev. — Soon after moving into Liberace’s gaudy Las Vegas mansion in 1977, Scott Thorson, then a teenage hunk in the foster care system, learned that the jewel-smitten showman could love just as extravagantly as he decorated. Touring the premises before their relationship began, Liberace pointed out some decorative highlights, which included 17 pianos, a casino, a quarry’s worth of marble and a canopied bed with an ermine spread. On the ceiling was a reproduction of the Sistine Chapel with Liberace’s face painted among the cherubs.

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