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We Gave Iran an Antique as a Token
of Goodwill. Only Problem? It’s Fake.
Tablet Magazine, by Alex Joffe    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 10/12/2013 2:35:25 PM     Post Reply
Sometimes an ancient artifact symbolizes more than its admirers necessarily imagine. Take for example the silver griffin that was returned by the United States to Iran as a gesture of respect and—at least according to tea-leaf readers—a sign of an emerging thaw between the two nations.There’s only one problem: It’s a fake. Not only is it a fake, it’s a bad fake. The saga of the griffin, from its production to its much-touted return to Iranian President Rouhani during his recent visit to New York, demonstrates how fakers of ancient art fool the gullible wealthy with the connivance of museums

GOP: We got some good
things done this week
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 10/12/2013 2:25:54 PM     Post Reply
Hello, I’m Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. For all the focus on disagreements in Washington, we’ve actually found some common ground this week. On Thursday, President Obama signed legislation that guarantees death benefits for the families of fallen troops will continue to be paid out during the government shutdown. We’ve also come together to ensure that members of our military and the civilians who support them will be paid no matter what. We shouldn’t stop there. The House has passed more than a dozen bills providing funding for things we can all agree

Obama: ´We´ve got to create more jobs´
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 10/12/2013 2:08:29 PM     Post Reply
Good morning. Over the past few days, I’ve met with Republicans and Democrats from both houses of Congress in an effort to reopen your government and remove the dangers of default from our economy. It’s a positive development that House Republicans have agreed on the need to avoid the economic consequences of not meeting our country’s commitments. Because once the debt ceiling is raised, and the shutdown is over, there’s a lot we can accomplish together. We’ve created seven and a half million new jobs in the past three and a half years. Now let’s create more. We’ve cut our deficits in half over

  


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Machines Gauging Your Star
Potential Automate HR Hiring
Bloomberg, by Aki Ito    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 10/12/2013 1:54:30 PM     Post Reply
They can drive cars, win Jeopardy and find your soon-to-be favorite song. Machines are also learning to decipher the most human qualities about you -- and help businesses predict your potential to be their next star employee. A handful of technology companies from Knack.it Corp. to Evolv Inc. are doing just that, developing video games and online questionnaires that measure personality attributes in a job applicant. Based on patterns of how a company’s best performers responded in these assessments, the software estimates a candidate’s suitability to be everything from a warehouse worker to an investment bank analyst.

Majority Think Obama Is
Putting His Agenda Ahead of
What´s Good for the Country,
Media Mum
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/12/2013 1:28:27 PM     Post Reply
The Obama-loving media couldn´t wait to report findings from an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll concerning how the public are giving far more blame for the government shutdown to Republicans than the President. What they chose not to report was that 51 percent of respondents in the very same poll said of Barack Obama, "He is putting his own political agenda ahead of what´s good for the country": (Report) I guess the majority of the nation feeling the President is putting his political agenda ahead of what´s good for the country wasn´t considered newsworthy by American so-called "journalists." Nor was

Nancy Pelosi, Betty Ford Join
Women´s Hall of Fame
Associated Press, by Carolyn Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/12/2013 1:18:46 PM     Post Reply
Seneca Falls, NY - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, the late former first lady Betty Ford and Title IX advocate Bernice Sandler are among the nine women set to be inducted into the National Women´s Hall of Fame on Saturday. The ceremony is being held in Seneca Falls, the western New York village where the first known women´s rights convention was held in 1848. "I´m absolutely thrilled. I can´t believe it," Pelosi told The Associated Press this week by phone from Washington before the ceremony. Several of her female congressional colleagues, along with two of her daughters and two granddaughters,

´Obama Lied, My Heath Care Died´
U.S. News & World Report, by Peter Roff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/12/2013 1:06:42 PM     Post Reply
The letter bringing the news the president told me would never come arrived in Thursday´s mail. It said, in part, "Among other things, these (Affordable Care Act) requirements will cause your benefits to change to include federally-mandated Essential Health Benefits. Since your current benefit plan does not conform to these new mandates, your current health plan will cease upon your anniversary date." There it was, in black and white, notification that I would not be able to keep my current health care plan – whether I liked it or not. Remember the presidential talking point? If you like your current

  


  

If You Think Enrolling in
Obamacare Is Hard
Bloomberg News, by Drew Armstrong & Alex Nussbaum    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/12/2013 1:01:22 PM     Post Reply
Shopping for insurance on the new exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act was supposed to be as easy as browsing for a plane ticket on Expedia (EXPE). That wasn’t the case for days after the Oct. 1 rollout. (Snip) Health-care consultants advising exchanges and insurers are flagging a serious problem with healthcare.gov: It’s transmitting bad data to insurers. “What we’re seeing in public is the Web portal, which is a mess,” says Robert Laszewski, a consultant who works with Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in some states. “It is just as bad behind the wizard’s curtain.”

Democrats reject Susan Collins proposal
Politico, by Manu Raju    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/12/2013 12:51:30 PM     Post Reply
Democratic leaders in the Senate are rejecting an offer by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to end the budget impasse, arguing it asks for too much in return for too little, senators and aides tell POLITICO. The development comes on the same day that the Senate voted 53-45 to block a Democratic bill that would raise the debt ceiling through 2014 without any spending cuts or changes to Obamacare.The Collins plan, which was drafted with input from West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) and other senators, called for a six-month extension of government funding and a debt limit increase through January. But

The Mystery of Elizabeth Smart
PJ Media, by Andrew Klavan    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 10/12/2013 12:14:45 PM     Post Reply
Elizabeth Smart is making the rounds, flogging her new book My Story (written with Congressman Chris Stewart). Smart is, of course, the beautiful Mormon girl who in 2002 at 14 years old was abducted for nine months by evil lunatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife. Then, miraculously, she was found and reunited with her family. Today, she’s married and says she “couldn’t be happier.” She does good work fighting human trafficking and speaking to sexual abuse survivors. I’ve always been kind of fascinated with Smart. (Snip) Her kidnappers dragged her around the country, chaining her up like an animal

How often do gamblers really win?
Wall Street Journal, by Mike Maremont*    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 10/12/2013 11:54:47 AM     Post Reply
The casino billboards lining America´s roadways tantalize with the lure of riches. "Easy Street. It´s Only a Play Away," screams one in Arizona. "$7.1 Million Every Day. We´re a Payout Machine," reads another. But how often do gamblers really win? What are the chances that a gambler will win on a single day or over a longer period? Don´t bother to ask the casinos. Although they gather vast quantities of data about their customers for marketing purposes, including win and loss tallies for many regulars, casinos keep such information a closely-guarded secret. Now, thanks to an unprecedented trove of public

  


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Focus on Senate after
Obama rejects House plan
Politico, by Jake Sherman *    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 10/12/2013 11:51:32 AM     Post Reply
Speaker John Boehner told House Republicans Saturday morning that his efforts to strike a deal with President Barack Obama are at a standstill. There is no agreement, Boehner said in a room in the Capitol Saturday, and no negotiations between House Republicans and the White House, since Obama rejected the speaker’s effort to lift the debt ceiling for six weeks and reopen government while setting up a budget negotiating process. With that, a familiar dynamic has resurfaced 12 days into the government shutdown, and five days before Treasury says the nation runs out of borrowing authority: the pendulum has swung back

Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty
and Mt. Rushmore to reopen
Los Angeles Times, by Matt Hamilton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/12/2013 11:47:41 AM     Post Reply
As lawmakers wrangle over how to end the partial shutdown of the federal government, officials in New York, South Dakota and Arizona secured late on Friday the reopening of three national parks: the Statue of Liberty, Mt. Rushmore, and the Grand Canyon. The iconic parklands -- and crucial drivers of state tourism revenue -- will reopen with operating funds "donated" by state coffers. The Grand Canyon and Statue of Liberty will open Saturday in time for the three-day weekend, and Mt. Rushmore will reopen Monday, according to the Department of Interior. “While this deal will buy us some time and bring

House GOP furious with Senate
The Hill (Washington DC), by Erik Wasson & Russel Berman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/12/2013 11:28:26 AM     Post Reply
House Republicans were furious with Senate Republicans and President Obama on Saturday for trying to cut a debt ceiling deal that leaves them out in the cold. Members emerged from a conference meeting saying Obama had double-crossed them by breaking off talks in order to shop for a better deal from the Senate GOP. They said the deal, formulated by centrist Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine.), would never get House GOP approval. “They are trying to jam us with the Senate and we are not going to roll over and take that,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said after a GOP

Christie: ´If I was in the
Senate right now, I’d kill myself´
The Hill (Washington DC), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/12/2013 11:25:09 AM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he would rather be dead than a member of the Senate. "If I was in the Senate right now, I’d kill myself," he said when asked what he would do if he were in the Senate today during the government shutdown. Christie on Friday told the editorial board of the Philadelphia Enquirer that he has never been interested in being a member of a legislative body. Christie was briefly in Washington earlier this week to visit interim New Jersey Sen. Jeff Chiesa (R). While in the Capitol on Wednesday he sat down with

  


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Lindsey again sentenced to life
in St. Pete officer’s slaying
St. Petersburg Tribune, by Stephen Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 10/12/2013 11:06:58 AM     Post Reply
CLEARWATER —Nicholas Lindsey was raised in a poor, crime-ridden neighborhood in South St. Petersburg, in a home where his parents eventually split. He wasn’t the brightest boy or the best student, and he was often bullied. But none of that — nor the impulsive nature often attributed to those of his age — accounts for the methodical way in which the then-16-year-old pumped six bullets into a St. Petersburg police officer two years ago who was armed with nothing but a note pad. That was the rationale spelled out by Pinellas Circuit Judge Thane Covert today, as he sentenced Lindsey

Rand Paul: Aid fueling
‘war on Christianity’
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 10/12/2013 10:26:07 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Rand Paul on Friday detailed his opposition to sending foreign aid to many places in the Middle East, arguing that doing so will fuel a “worldwide war on Christianity.” “We are now arming Islamic rebels who are allied with Al Qaeda that attacked us on 9/11,” Paul (R-Ky.) said, speaking to the Values Voter Summit. “Does that make any sense at all? American tax dollars should never be spent to prop up a war on Christianity. But that’s what’s happening now across the globe.” Paul said that in places like Egypt and Syria, American aid is assisting radical Islamic groups that target

Meet "Mr. Shutdown," Heritage
Action´s Michael Needham
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/12/2013 10:05:07 AM     Post Reply
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has been the public face of the movement to spare America the miseries of Obamacare by defunding it, but the guy behind the strategy is anything but a household name. Meet Michael Needham, aka "Mr. Shutdown." Why is there is a government shutdown? "I think people who don´t follow politics as closely as you and I do, which is most normal people, only pay attention when something major´s going on. Why is there a government shutdown going on? Because the Republican Party wants to get rid of ObamaCare," Needham tells the Wall Street Journal´s

Nobel Peace Prize Again Goes
To Group That Has Done ...
What, Exactly?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 10/12/2013 10:00:31 AM     Post Reply
Globaloney: This year´s Nobel Peace Prize has been given to the "Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," a group whose main achievement seems to be good intentions. This award is getting ridiculous. Alfred Nobel would be rolling over in his grave to see some of the absurd choices his beloved peace prize is now drawing. No, it wasn´t just the award to global terror pioneer Yasser Arafat in 1994. Or the one that went to the bureaucrat-filled, bankrupt European Union in 2012. There also was the premature award to just-elected President Obama in 2009, who had done literally nothing but get elected

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough
earns $99K A WEEK from his morning
show... but wife Susan will
only see ´fraction´ of it after divorce
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/12/2013 9:58:07 AM     Post Reply
Joe Scarborough earns $99,038 a week from his morning show, but his ex-wife will only see a ´tiny fraction´ of it, according to the couple´s divorce documents. The MSNBC Morning Joe host will not be required to pay child support for their two young children and his alimony payments will be minimal, reports TMZ. The revelations come after news broke Thursday that Scarborough, 50, had quietly filed for divorce from his wife of 12 years Susan Waren in September last year. According to TMZ, the former Florida congressman gave Waren a once-off payment of $150,000 following the split. He will now

  



South Dakota ranchers reel after ´catastrophic´
storm leaves up to 100,000 cattle dead
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 10/12/2013 9:51:26 AM     Post Reply
Ranchers in South Dakota fear they may lose everything after a freak storm dumped up four feet of snow in parts of the state last week, killing as many as 100,000 cattle.Matt Kammerer, a 45-year-old rancher whose family has operated in South Dakota’s Meade County since 1882, told FoxNews.com that he lost 60 cattle in the storm, or one-third of his entire herd." ... It’s just dead cow after dead cow, where they’ve gotten caught in dams, streams, fences, you name it. They’re dead everywhere."

´Racist´ LA police dogs only bite
Latinos and African-Americans
Independent [UK], by Tim Walker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/12/2013 9:45:59 AM     Post Reply
Police officers in Los Angeles have long faced accusations of institutional racism, but now it appears their dogs may be unjustly discriminatory, too. A new report focusing on the Canine Special Detail of the LA Sherriff’s Department (LASD) has uncovered a vast increase in the number of minority individuals bitten by police dogs since 2004. And in the first six months of this year, every single victim of a bite by a LASD dog was African-American or Latino.The data was published in a new report by the Police Assessment Resource Centre (Parc), a Los Angeles-based non-profit organisation, devoted to “advancing effective

Ending the shutdown and
addressing the debt limit
Washington Times, by James A. Baker III    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/12/2013 9:41:38 AM     Post Reply
I never thought of Tip O’Neill as an arsonist, hostage-taker or suicide bomber when I was President Reagan’s White House chief of staff or his secretary of the Treasury. Yes, the Democratic House speaker was a pain in our collective Republican rump. Seven times during seven years, he helped us shutter the federal government during ferocious budget battles. (Snip) Things are different in today’s highly charged political atmosphere. Name-calling has become the norm, gridlock reigns supreme, and the president has taken the uniquely obstinate stance that he won’t negotiate with House Republicans over the debt limit or to reopen the

African Union calls for more
African troops in Somalia
Reuters, by Aaron Maasho & Edmund Blair    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 10/12/2013 9:18:33 AM     Post Reply
Addis Ababa - The African Union has backed a call to boost by about a third the number of troops in an African peacekeeping force in Somalia to reinforce a campaign against Islamist militants there who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall last month. The union´s Peace and Security Council said 6,235 soldiers and police should be added to the AMISOM peacekeeping force to take its total strength to 23,966 uniformed personnel for a limited period of 18 to 24 months. (Snip) AMISOM is made up of troops mainly from Kenya, Uganda and Burundi. Ethiopia has also sent in soldiers,

No Good Excuses Exist for the Failure
of Obamacare’s Expensive Website
PJ Media, by Joshua Sharf    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 10/12/2013 9:15:44 AM     Post Reply
By now, it’s hard to decide if the launch failure of the Obamacare exchange websites isn’t funny anymore, or just keeps getting funnier. Sites went down — including the individual state sites for states that are running their own exchanges. When people weren’t getting “due to an extraordinarily high volume of calls” errors, they were getting 404 Not Found messages, and pages were finding new and creative ways of erroring out. Even Wednesday afternoon, I was getting server errors just trying to finish the account creation process on the California site. Almost as quickly as the train wreck itself unfolded, so did

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