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New drug may be best
treatment for leukemia yet
Time Magazine, by Alexandra Sifferlin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/20/2013 4:22:45 PM     Post Reply
It´s called ibrutinib, and it´s a potential breakthrough in treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) that could leave patients with fewer side effects than chemotherapy. In research published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), scientists report that the experimental drug, which differs from broadly acting chemotherapy agents by specifically targeting certain cancer-causing processes, significantly prolongs the life of patients. Ibrutinib is currently being tested on tumors that target the body´s immune system, such as CLL and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL).

Six all-female jurors
selected in Trayvon Martin case
Reuters, by Barbara Liston & Kevin Gray    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 6/20/2013 4:11:41 PM     Post Reply
Sanford, Florida - A six-member, all-female jury was selected on Thursday to decide the fate of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that grabbed the U.S. media spotlight in 2012. Five of the six women, selected from a final poll of 40 potential jurors after a 1-1/2 week-long process in Florida´s Seminole County criminal court, were identified as white and the sixth appeared to be a dark-skinned Hispanic. (Snip) At the time of the Martin killing, Zimmerman, a light-skinned Hispanic, was the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain

Our Dim-Witted President
PowerLine, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 6/20/2013 3:28:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama seems incapable of going abroad without embarrassing himself. Via InstaPundit, we learn that when he was in the U.K., Obama couldn’t keep Chancellor George Osborne’s name straight. Obama repeatedly called him “Jeffrey.” The repeated gaffe became so obvious that Obama apologized: "According to the Sun and the Financial Times, Mr Obama apologised to the chancellor for calling him Jeffrey three times during the meeting – saying: ´I’m sorry, man. I must have confused you with my favourite R&B singer´". That would be this Jeffrey Osborne. The real Jeffrey Osborne was excited to hear about the mishap, and George



Journey Through the Checkout Racks
City Journal [NYC], by Laura Vanderkam    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/20/2013 3:10:04 PM     Post Reply
Some of the most venerable brands in your grocery store sit not on the shelf but on the checkout line, where magazines like Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Redbook have been reflecting women’s lives for decades. From one month to the next, little seems to vary; the celebrity interviews and fashion spreads blend into one another, creating the impression of a seamless, unchanging world. Yet if you compare the women’s magazines of today with their counterparts of 50 years ago, you’ll find it impossible to miss how dramatically different they are—and how daily life has transformed

Men´s Wearhouse Fires
Founder and Pitchman
George Zimmer
Bloomberg Businessweek, by Justin Bachman    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 6/20/2013 3:09:41 PM     Post Reply
You’ll be surprised by this news, I guarantee it: Men’s Wearhouse (MW) has fired founder and chairman George Zimmer, the bearded icon of 28 years of company television commercials. The apparel company also postponed its annual shareholders meeting, set for today, so it could renominate its board, sans Zimmer, who is best known for his catchphrase: “You’re going to like the way you look—I guarantee it.” According to CNBC, Zimmer said the board was seeking to “silence” his concerns about the company:

59 percent support women
entering would-be draft, poll says
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 6/20/2013 3:05:57 PM     Post Reply
As the Pentagon unveiled plans to reverse a ban on women serving on the front lines, a poll released Wednesday found that most registered voters believe women should be eligible for a military draft if one is reinstituted. The survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research shows that 59 percent believe women should be included if a draft becomes necessary again, compared to 38 percent who say they should not be included. The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon and the news site CapitalSoup.com to mark the 40th anniversary

And Now, The Selling of Obamacare
Time, by Zeke J. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/20/2013 2:52:57 PM     Post Reply
In a windowless office in the basement of the West Wing, behind a utility room and next to a fire-alarm panel, David Simas is marking up another whiteboard with blue ink, hoping to explain one more time just how the President’s health care reform law will work when the time comes for uninusured Americans to sign up this fall. The abstraction of Obamacare is about to become reality. But will anyone know what to do? An estimated 7 million Americans will join



George Zimmerman trial: Jury seated
in Trayvon Martin shooting case
Orlando Sentinel [FL], by Rene Stutzman & Jeff Weiner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 6/20/2013 2:52:55 PM     Post Reply
SANFORD - A jury has been seated for the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, after more than a week of intensive jury selection in the high-profile case. The lawyers have selected six Seminole County residents to serve as jurors for a trial which is expected to last two to four weeks, and is sure to be closely watched across the nation. Prosecutors say Zimmerman profiled, pursued and killed the unarmed teen Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford. Zimmerman says he fired in self-defense after he was attacked by

PBS´s Tavis Smiley Rips MSNBC:
‘They Do Spin…If I Don’t Like
Your Spin, I’ll Go to Fox News’
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 6/20/2013 2:40:40 PM     Post Reply
Count PBS’s Tavis Smiley amongst those in the media finally beginning to realize what an absolute joke MSNBC is. During an interview with new CNNer Morgan Spurlock Wednesday, Smiley mentioned MSNBC chief Phil Griffin’s recent comments about his network not being the place for breaking news and concluded, “They do spin. They spin… If I don’t like your spin, I’ll go to Fox News” (video follows with transcript and commentary): TAVIS SMILEY: I was struck by this. MSNBC recently took a beating in the ratings, I mean, because of so many breaking

House defeats farm bill
amid bipartisan opposition
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/20/2013 2:37:03 PM     Post Reply
DEVELOPING ...In a defeat for Republican leadership, the House on Thursday rejected a sweeping farm bill, amid opposition from both sides of the aisle. More than 60 House Republicans defected and voted against the half-trillion-dollar bill, which sets funding for farm subsidies and other assistance as well as food stamps. The vote was 234-195 against the bill. The defeat was not expected. House Speaker John Boehner, who rarely votes, supported the bill. Members stood in silence as they watched the scoreboard Thursday afternoon.

Decline and fall: how American
society unravelled
Guardian [UK], by George Packer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/20/2013 2:33:35 PM     Post Reply
In or around 1978, America´s character changed. For almost half a century, the United States had been a relatively egalitarian, secure, middle-class democracy, with structures in place that supported the aspirations of ordinary people. You might call it the period of the Roosevelt Republic. Wars, strikes, racial tensions and youth rebellion all roiled national life, but a basic deal among Americans still held, in belief if not always in fact: work hard, follow the rules, educate your children, and you will be rewarded, not just with a decent life and the prospect of a better one for your kids,



Sen. Mike Lee: Justice Roberts’
Obamacare ruling was ‘a betrayal
of his judicial oath’
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 6/20/2013 1:36:29 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was disappointed when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. One year later — having thought about the case, gotten some distance from the issue, reviewed the ruling opinion — he’s confident of one thing: Chief Justice John Roberts engaged in “a betrayal of his judicial oath,” one that amounts to “a form of tyranny.” “In this case, I can’t be sure what exactly motivated Chief Justice John Roberts,” Lee said last night during a Charles Koch Institute event on “Freedom, Laws, and the Commerce Clause” at the Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies.

Howard Kurtz Joining Fox News To
Anchor New Version Of Fox News Watch
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 6/20/2013 1:27:18 PM     Post Reply
Mediaite has learned that Fox News is expected to announce today that Howard Kurtz will join the network. Kurtz is currently the anchor of CNN’s Sunday morning media criticism show Reliable Sources. He has also held positions as the media columnist for The Washington Post and then Washington bureau chief for the The Daily Beast. Beginning July 1st, the network said in a press statement, Kurtz will anchor a version of what is now called Fox News Watch, which airs Saturdays on the network. He will also serve as an on-air analyst for the

$45K for bloody mary mix,
$213K for strawberries among
federal subsidies that must end,
Coburn says
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Hermoine- 6/20/2013 1:24:59 PM     Post Reply
Even as it’s cutting food programs for poor women and children, the Agriculture Department is still spending money on housing for wealthy residents on Martha’s Vineyard and paying companies to run marketing campaigns for alcohol, pickles and jelly, according to a top senator who wants to see those priorities changed.-snip-The Oklahoma Republican also asked Mr. Vilsack to justify why the department had threatened to cut off food aid to 600,000 women and children under the sequester, but is still paying for free lunches for even wealthy children in Tulsa, Okla., under a summer program.

Source: Patriots´ Hernandez
likely to be arrested
Sports Illustrated, by Greg Bedard and Pete Thamel    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 6/20/2013 1:21:57 PM     Post Reply
BOSTON -- New details surfaced late Wednesday night further tying Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to the investigation of a homicide of a Boston man. Hernandez´s involvement in the case is significant enough that a source with knowledge of the investigation said that Hernandez´s arrest is likely. It is not yet known what he would be charged with. Boston´s Fox 25 News, citing an anonymous source, reported on Wednesday night that forensic evidence linked a vehicle



Family of US soldier held by Taliban
´encouraged´ by potential swap for
Gitmo prisoners
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 6/20/2013 1:19:50 PM     Post Reply
Relatives of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban four years ago in Afghanistan, are “encouraged” by reports of an offer to trade the Idaho soldier for five terror suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay. Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard told FoxNews.com on Thursday that Bob and Jani Bergdahl are aware of the development in Qatar pertaining to their 27-year-old son, who was captured on June 30, 2009. “They are aware of this most recent development in Qatar and the possibility of talks starting that may include negotiations for the

Howard Kurtz Leaves CNN For
Fox News, Will Anchor
Weekend Media Program
Deadline Hollywood, by Nellie Andreeva    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 6/20/2013 1:19:03 PM     Post Reply
A month after he came close to losing his CNN job, Howard Kurtz is leaving the news cable network for rival Fox News. Starting July 1, he will anchor a version of Fox News Watch, which focuses on the media, with a new format during the weekends. That is in line of Kurtz’s current duties as host of CNN’s Reliable Sources. Fox News Watch‘s anchor Jon Scott will move to the specials unit where he will serve as anchor. Additionally, Kurtz will serve as an on-air analyst for programs throughout the week,

Obama Rhetoric Matches
That Of Old Soviet Leaders
- Thread Closed
Investor's Business Daily, by Svetlana Kunin    Original Article
Posted By: lenrisk- 6/20/2013 1:13:03 PM     Post Reply
President Obama insists his policies are driven by a "common sense" approach. He also speaks in terms of "we the people" and "the government is us." Such declarations are reminiscent of old Soviet posters displayed for all to see: "ALL POWER BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE" and "PEOPLE AND COMMUNIST PARTY ARE ONE." But the real power in the USSR was in the hands of Communist Party leaders. They, in the name of the people, defined foes of centralized government as "enemies of the people."

Big Pill to Swallow: Taxpayers to Pay
for Illegal Immigrants’ Med School
PJ Media, by Roger Kimball    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 6/20/2013 1:06:24 PM     Post Reply
One of my least favorite occupations is sitting in a doctor’s office waiting for the chap with the stethoscope and prescription pad to appear. Waiting in the reception area is plenty tedious. But it’s somehow more tiresome, not to say more anxiety producing, after you’ve gotten past that first triage to sit alone and slab-like on some uncomfortable medical table staring at artwork a Holiday Inn would have turned up its nose at alongside posters describing all the things that can go wrong with your circulatory/pulmonary/etc., etc., systems. I’ve always hated those posters, not least

When Untruth Undermines Democracy
Townhall, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 6/20/2013 1:01:21 PM     Post Reply
Truth is the lifeblood of democracy. Without honesty, the foundations of consensual government crumble. If the Internal Revenue Service acts unlawfully, our voluntary system of citizens computing their own taxes implodes. Yet Lois Lerner, one of the IRS´s top officials, would not answer simple questions about her agency´s conduct during congressional testimony, instead pleading the Fifth Amendment. Any taxpayer who tried that with an IRS auditor would end up fined and in court. Almost everything that IRS officials have reported about the agency´s unlawful targeting of conservative groups has proven false. IRS malfeasance was not limited


Senate votes 54-43 to reject Cornyn
plan for border security ´trigger´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ramsey Cox    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 6/20/2013 12:53:14 PM     Post Reply
The Senate on Thursday rejected Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) immigration reform bill amendment that would have put mandatory border security triggers in place before immigrants were given legal status. The Senate voted 54-43 to table the amendment, which was seen as crucial to get more Republican support for the legislation. But Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) are expected to release an alternative border security enforcement amendment later Thursday. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) split with his fellow GOP Gang of Eight members by voting against tabling Cornyn´s amendment,

Supreme Court strikes down
Obama-backed ‘prostitution pledge’
in AIDS funding
Washington Times [DC], by Cheryl Wetzstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/20/2013 12:50:29 PM     Post Reply
In a setback for the Obama administration, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday voided an anti-prostitution provision in the federal anti-AIDS funding program. The decision is a victory for private aid organizations who said the provision, which required them to explicitly oppose prostitution and sex trafficking as a condition for getting federal dollars, has blocked them from serving at-risk AIDS populations around the world, such as sex workers. It is a violation of the First Amendment to require people “to pledge allegiance to the government’s policy of eradicating prostitution” as a funding condition, said the 6-2 decision,

Eric Holder: James Rosen
probe ‘appropriate’
Politico, by Tal Kopan    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 6/20/2013 12:30:10 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder is defending his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in a new letter, reiterating that he did not lie when he told the committee no journalists have been prosecuted by the Justice Department for publishing leaks. Holder called the investigation that involved Fox News reporter James Rosen “appropriate,” saying again that charges were never brought against Rosen and saying the committee might have misinterpreted his remarks. “I do not agree that characterizations establishing probable cause for a search warrant for materials from a member of the news media during an ongoing investigation

Senate poised to vote on crucial
border-security compromise
Washington Examiner [DC], by David M. Drucker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/20/2013 12:14:06 PM     Post Reply
With a tentative deal on a crucial border security amendment in place, Senate immigration-reform negotiators on Thursday were vetting the proposal with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and the White House. Sen. Charles, Schumer, D-N.Y., was presenting the amendment to White House officials, as well as business and labor representatives, a knowledgeable source confirmed. If the deal is acceptable to all parties, look for the principle authors of the amendment, Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., to introduce it on the Senate floor, sometime Thursday afternoon. At that point, Schumer would head to

House Amendment: Drug Tests
For Food Stamps
U.S. News & World Report, by Lauren Fox    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/20/2013 12:06:34 PM     Post Reply
The House Farm Bill, which cuts $20.5 billion over the next decade to food assistance programs, added a provision Wednesday night to keep drug users from getting food stamps. The House approved an amendment that gives states the ability to administer drug tests before someone is approved for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The measure was approved by voice vote. "My amendment to the Farm Bill allows states to determine the best method for administering drug screening programs for SNAP applicants," says Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., who sponsored the amendment.

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