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De Blasio’s Dilemma: Too Many Rich
People or Too Many Poor People?
New York Sun, by Liz Peek    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 11/11/2013 1:43:05 PM     Post Reply
Where exactly does Bill de Blasio want to take New York? During the campaign, Mr. de Blasio focused on income inequality – but he seems much more concerned about New York having too many rich people (“nearly 400,000 millionaires!”) than too many poor people. Maybe that’s because New York does not claim the country’s highest poverty rate – it does not even rank in the top ten. Because of the financial crisis, the number of poor people soared across the country in recent years. But New York did better than most. In 2000, New York suffered the 6th highest poverty rate

Palin Slaps Down NBC Spin as
Matt Lauer Hopes People ´Forgive´
President´s ObamaCare Lies
Newsbusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/11/2013 1:41:34 PM     Post Reply
On Monday´s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer declared that President Obama "apologized" for ObamaCare failures, "not only the issues with the website, but broken promises as well." Turning to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Lauer hoped Obama´s vague statement of regret was the end of the story: "Did he say what he had to say?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Palin shot down Lauer´s assertion that the President had taken responsibility for the disastrous health care rollout: "What apology? What apology? He kind of acknowledged a bit that there is a broken website. The

Health-Law Rollout Weighs on
Obama´s Ratings, Agenda
Wall Street Journal, by Peter Nicholas & Colleen McCain Nelso    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/11/2013 1:26:51 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama, bogged down by problems with his signature health-care program, is seeing both his approval and personal-favorability ratings with Americans sag, creating new complications for his second-term agenda. During past turbulence in Washington, Americans´ approval of the job Mr. Obama is doing dipped. But in those stretches, Mr. Obama was buoyed by voters´ general admiration for him as a person and by their trust in his credibility. That has changed recently, particularly as thousands of Americans lose their insurance coverage under the health law´s rollout, despite the president´s pledge that anyone who liked their current plan could keep

  


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In cliffhanging Va. AG race,
Democrat gains
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/11/2013 1:22:13 PM     Post Reply
FAIRFAX, Va. -Virginia´s cliffhanger race for attorney general has gotten tighter. The Fairfax County Electoral Board completed a canvass of absentee votes in one of its voting districts, and Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring gained more than twice as many votes as Republican state Sen. Mark Obsenshain. The canvass puts Herring´s vote total in District 8 at 5,137 votes to Obenshain´s 2,039 votes. Virginia-wide, the State Board of Elections still shows Obenshain with a 1,262-vote edge over Herring out of 2.2 million ballots cast. But the statewide total vote does not reflect the 3,200 votes added Saturday in Fairfax County.

Publicly-Funded University of
Maryland Defends ESPN Commentator´s
´War Anthem´ Comments
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/11/2013 1:18:31 PM     Post Reply
In honor of Veterans Day, the publicly-funded University of Maryland Phillip Merrill College of Journalism came out in strong defense of Kevin Blackistone, the professor and ESPN commentator who labeled the American national anthem a “war anthem” and stated that it should not be played before sporting events. On Around the Horn last Wednesday, Blackistone said: [Y]ou should also be selling the rest of the military symbolism embrace of sports. Whether it’s the singing of a war anthem to open every game. Whether it’s going to get a hotdog and being able to sign up for the Army at the

Obama and Veterans Day
American Spectator, by Ross Kaminsky    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/11/2013 1:15:38 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is giving a speech about veterans. I can’t listen. I didn’t serve, but both my parents did and I grew up on Camp Pendleton (Marine base) and Guam (Navy base). I can’t hear Obama talk about veterans as if he cares. Just hearing his voice today makes me angry. (Not that I enjoy hearing him on any other day, either. After all, if his lips are moving, he’s lying.) In the context of his making war, perhaps even nuclear war, so much more likely by his desperation to make a deal with Iran, I’m even angrier. But it’s Monday and I don’t want to

Atheist ´mega-churches´ take root
across US, world
Associated Press, by GILLIAN FLACCUS    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 11/11/2013 1:00:14 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles-It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Several hundred people, including families with small children, packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational talk and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God. Nearly three dozen gatherings dubbed "atheist mega-churches" by supporters and detractors have sprung up around the U.S. and Australia - with more to come - after finding success in Great Britain earlier this year.

  


  

S&S Pulls Benghazi Book
Publishers Weekly, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 11/11/2013 12:47:24 PM     Post Reply
After allegations were made about the legitimacy of the author´s account of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya last September, Simon & Schuster has halted publication and sale of The Embassy House: The Explosive Eyewitness Account of the Libyan Embassy Siege by the Solider Who Was There, by Sgt. Morgan Jones and Damien Lewis. "In light of information that has been brought to our attention since the initial publication of The Embassy House, we have withdrawn from publication and sale all formats of this book, and are recommending that booksellers do the same," said Jennifer Robinson,

Annapolis Council To Consider Stripping
Republican Mayor-Elect’s Power
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/11/2013 12:32:53 PM     Post Reply
ANNAPOLIS, Md.— Days after a Republican was elected mayor of Annapolis, City Council members say they will revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power. Democratic Alderman Ross Arnett of Ward 8 tells The Capital he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a council-manager style of government. The city manager would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor. Under Arnett’s legislation, the mayor’s post would be largely ceremonial. The mayor would retain a single vote on the council. Arnett says the change would stabilize the city’s management. If the measure is approved,

Veterans face growing apathy at
home after 12 years of war
Washington Examiner, by Tim Mak    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 11/11/2013 12:30:27 PM     Post Reply
This is the last Veterans Day that America will mark with combat troops still stationed in Afghanistan, and the country´s sense of apathy over that war and those still fighting it has only grown over a dozen years of conflict. Americans still readily and publicly display respect and appreciation for the troops. All of the first-class passengers on a recent American Airlines flight from Chicago to San Diego voluntarily moved back to coach so soldiers could fly up front. But polls show that Americans long ago stopped believing the war was worthwhile, and their growing apathy has trickled down to the

Obamacare Will Be Repealed Well
In Advance Of The 2014 Elections
Forbes, by Steven Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 11/11/2013 12:22:02 PM     Post Reply
Prediction: even if HealthCare.gov is fixed by the end of the month (unlikely), Obamacare is going to be repealed well in advance of next year’s election. And if the website continues to fail, the push for repeal—from endangered Democrats—will occur very rapidly. The website is a sideshow: the real action is the number of people and businesses who are losing their health plans or having to pay a lot more. Fixing the website will only delay the inevitable. It is important to remember why

  


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We WILL remember him:
Hundreds of strangers flock to
Remembrance Day funeral of
Bomber Command veteran
who died alone aged 99
Daily Mail [UK], by Hugo Gye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/11/2013 12:21:34 PM     Post Reply
Hundreds of well-wishers today turned out for the funeral of a Bomber Command veteran who died without any close family. Harold Jellicoe Percival, who helped with the Dambusters raid during the Second World War, died last month in a nursing home aged 99. He was laid to rest today, Armistice Day, at exactly 11am, when Britain fell silent to remember those killed in war. More than 300 people attended the ceremony at the Lytham Park Crematorium in Lancashire, nearly all of whom had never met Mr Percival. Roads around the crematorium were totally jammed, while there were too many people to fit into

Report: Government redistributes
more than $2 trillion in one year
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/11/2013 12:21:33 PM     Post Reply
Government policies effectively redistributed more than $2 trillion in income from the top 40 percent of American society to the bottom 60 percent in 2012, according to a new study from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. The study tracked the beneficiaries of government spending programs largely paid for by taxpayers who are not very big beneficiaries of those programs. Families in the top 1 percent shouldered nearly half of the more than $2 trillion that was redistributed last year. The study found that the country’s lowest-income families receive $5.28 in government spending for every $1 they pay in taxes. Highest-income families only receive

How the Tea Party’s Apocalyptic Politics
Are Destroying the Republican Party
Daily Beast, by Joe McLean    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/11/2013 12:09:22 PM     Post Reply
Want to know why the Tea Party so eager to grievously wound the Republican Party? The answer is as simple as it is counterintuitive: its leaders view themselves as modern prophets of the apocalypse. In the aftermath of the great government shutdown of 2013, the Tea Party continues to cause heartburn for establishment Republicans. Consider the results of last week’s elections, which offer clues to the internecine GOP battles that lie ahead. Although it’s much too early to draw hard conclusions, Chris Christie proved that a moderate, common-sense Republican could win in deep blue New Jersey, while in purple Virginia

Would Miley Cyrus shoot a man
in Reno just to watch him die?
Telegraph (U.K.), by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 11/11/2013 11:56:09 AM     Post Reply
Miley Cyrus is officially OUT OF CONTROL. First she reinvented herself as a tongue-poking punk chick and twerked all over Robin Thicke (who knew that the mating rituals of bonobo chimpanzees would conquer the dance floors of the developed world?). Now it´s alleged that she lit up a joint while receiving an award at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. OMG, girlfriends. She did something that´s illegal in America in a country where it´s perfectly tolerated. Next week, the little minx will sing Wrecking Ball in the UK while driving on the left-hand side of the road.

  


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Lawsuit: Chaplains Banned
From Saying “Jesus”
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/11/2013 11:49:54 AM     Post Reply
Two Baptist chaplains said they were forced out of a Veterans Affairs chaplain training program after they refused orders to stop quoting the Bible and to stop praying in the name of Jesus. When the men objected to those demands they were subjected to ridicule and harassment that led to one of the chaplains leaving the program and the other being ejected, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday. The Conservative Baptist Association of America is suing Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki – alleging two of their chaplains were openly ridiculed

Honesty doesn´t pay off
for ex-homeless man
Fox News/Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 11/11/2013 11:44:10 AM     Post Reply
A good deed has come back to haunt a formerly homeless northern New Jersey man. James Brady found $850 on a Hackensack sidewalk last April and turned it in to police. Brady was awarded the money six months later after no one contacted police during the required waiting period. Now, The Record reports that Brady has been denied General Assistance and Medicaid benefits by the Hackensack Human Services Department through Dec. 31 because he failed to report the $850 as new income he received. The director of human services tells the newspaper they are just following the rules. Brady was homeless when he found

Three 20-Year-Olds Make Working
Obamacare Website in Three Days
Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Houston    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 11/11/2013 11:29:26 AM     Post Reply
Even as President Obama has issued a constant refrain of how upset he is that his Obamacare website doesn´t work and promises that he´s on top of the fix, three 20-year-old website designers in San Francisco made a working Obamacare website using Healthcare.gov´s own code. They did it in only three days. The three web developers who created the site, HealthSherpa.com, programmed it to do much of what Healthcare.gov, the Obamacare website, is supposed to do. The enterprising young men whipped up their version of Obamacare in just days working in their off time.

Sen. Lindsey Graham gets fourth
primary challenger in S.C.
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/11/2013 11:22:04 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, is getting a fourth primary challenger in the race for his U.S. Senate seat next year. Bill Connor, a lawyer and U.S. Army veteran who lost a 2010 Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, has filed to run against Mr. Graham in next June’s GOP primary, The State newspaper reported. State Sen. Lee Bright, businessman Richard Cash and Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of The Citadel, also are running against the incumbent Mr. Graham. The State recently reported that former President George W. Bush had contributed $5,000 to Mr. Graham’s re-election campaign. Mr. Graham,

ABC News´ Moran Gushes over
´Historic,´ ´Unprecedented´ Iran Deal
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/11/2013 11:09:29 AM     Post Reply
On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, foreign correspondent Terry Moran made clear that he was in love with the potential deal between the west and Iran that would loosen sanctions in exchange for Iran doing virtually nothing. “What a whirlwind of talks it’s been!” gushed Moran. “Just a few hours ago there was this huge anticipation, even a giddiness in some diplomatic circles that this historic, first step confidence building deal was about to be done.” But then Moran found the culprit for the talks falling through: the French. “And what happened as you point out? Well, the French happened.

  



Braves plan to build new stadium in Cobb
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Tim Tucker    Original Article
Posted By: Waldo- 11/11/2013 10:54:48 AM     Post Reply
The Atlanta Braves plan to build a new stadium in Cobb County and move there from Turner Field at the start of the 2017 season, team officials said today. Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller, in a meeting with a small group of reporters, said the new ballpark will be built at the northwest intersection of I-75 and I-285 in the Galleria/Cumberland Mall area. They said the team has “secured” approximately 60 acres of land for the project.

Now is the time to support Jana Winter
Fox News, by Judith Miller    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 11/11/2013 10:50:24 AM     Post Reply
Here we go again. On Tuesday, Fox News reporter Jana Winter will be back in court, this time in Albany, continuing her fight to avoid jail and protect her confidential sources. On that day, the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, will hear her plea to reverse a lower state court ruling which orders her to return to Aurora, Colorado to testify in the trial of James Holmes, the man charged with 166 felony charges, including 24 counts of first degree murder, in the movie theater massacre at a midnight showing of “Batman, The Dark Knight

Obama hosts Veterans Day breakfast
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/11/2013 10:49:20 AM     Post Reply
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a Veterans Day breakfast on Monday morning at the White House, ahead of his scheduled trip to Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony. The closed-press breakfast with veterans and their families is held annually by the Obamas. Vice President Biden will also attend. In the president´s weekly address, he said that the Veteran´s Day Holiday was an opportunity to say "thank you" to those who had served. "Thank you to that greatest generation who fought island by island across the Pacific, and freed millions from fascism in Europe," Obama said. "Thank you to

Schumer: Chicken Slaughtered, Raised
In China Could Pose Major Risk
CBS New York, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/11/2013 10:39:35 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Chicken from China has officials on alert, including U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported Sunday, Schumer said first, the U.S. Department of Agriculture only allowed chickens that had been processed in China to be sold in the U.S. Now, he said the USDA plans to green-light poultry raised and slaughtered in China. This has never happened before, and it is a bad idea, Schumer argued. “China has a terrible record on health safety, and chickens are one of the things that need the most care and inspections,” he said. Schumer called the

Showdown in Seattle:
Boeing vs. Union
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 11/11/2013 10:34:23 AM     Post Reply
A dramatic showdown is underway in the State of Washington, pitting Boeing against its largest labor union, the International Association of Machinists (IAM). If the union, voting Wednesday, rejects a proposed contract that includes lower health care benefits, Boeing is threatening to move production of its next generation airliner, the 777X, out of the Puget Sound region, to such locations as Charleston, SC (where it is assembling the new 787) or Texas, right-to-work states where the union´s demands would hold no sway. The Washington State Legislature takes Boeing´s threats very seriously, indeed. Boeing has long complained about the tax burden

McCain: No plans to
run for White House
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Alexandra Jaffe    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/11/2013 10:24:48 AM     Post Reply
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said he has no plans to run again for the White House. Speaking to the Arizona Republic, McCain said he had received "a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls" urging him to run since the government shutdown. But he said he´s focused on whether to run for a sixth term in the Senate, not for president. “As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate," he said. "But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential ambitions are concerned, ‘The people have spoken —

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