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Hezbollah Leader Says His
Forces Will Remain in Syria
New York Times, by Alan Cowell and Anne Barnard    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/14/2013 9:07:07 AM     Post Reply
LONDON — The head of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite militant group and political party, whose armed followers are fighting in Syria on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, pledged on Thursday that his forces would remain there as long as necessary. The leader, Hassan Nasrallah, spoke at a Shiite Muslim ceremony in his southern Beirut stronghold marking Ashura, (Snip)Mr. Nasrallah’s battle-hardened fighters joined the fray in Syria earlier this year to recapture a border town, and Mr. Assad’s foes say they have also been deployed on other fronts near Damascus, the capital, and Aleppo in the north.

Barack Obama, Low Information President
American Thinker, by Jonathon Miseley    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 11/14/2013 9:01:24 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is the perfect "Low Information President." He is not really interested very much in doing his job. He doesn´t know anything going on in his own administration. He is always the last to know. He learns important developments only when he reads about it in the newspaper, apparently after first reading the sports section. But Obama is keenly interested in basketball. He has turned his NCAA championship "brackets" predictions chart into a presidential event.(snip)The Commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) David Stern is retiring at the end of this year. So let´s give Barack Obama a promotion...

Officials say 4 Marines killed in
accident at Camp Pendleton
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/14/2013 8:54:01 AM     Post Reply
Four U.S. Marines were killed Wednesday during a range maintenance operation at Camp Pendleton in California, the base said in a press release. The base did not provide any other details on what it called a “fatal incident,” but said it would release the names of those killed after their families were notified. The Marines were clearing the range of unexploded ordnance, and it was not a live firing range, a Marine official said. (Snip)A military investigation determined human error was to blame for that accident. According to the probe´s findings, a Marine operating a 60 mm mortar tube and



U.S. aircraft carrier arrives in Philippines
USA Today, by Kim Hjelmgaard    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/14/2013 8:45:17 AM     Post Reply
The USS George Washington aircraft carrier arrived in the Philippines Thursday to boost international efforts to bring aid and relief to the people of the typhoon-devastated region, many of whom have been without much food and clean water for six days. The ship is part of the U.S. Navy´s 7th Fleet and is accompanied by seven other ships that make up the George Washington Strike Group. The aircraft carrier has a crew of 5,500 and brings with it 21 helicopters, which can be used to ferry goods to hard-to-reach areas where people have seen no aid since typhoon Haiyan hit Friday.

Facing Democratic Revolt, Obama Warms
to Congressional Health-Care Fix
New York Magazine, by Margaret Hartmann    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/14/2013 8:43:05 AM     Post Reply
Underscoring that he can be both President Obama´s best friend and one of his worst enemies, Bill Clinton said this week that the president should make good on his promise to let everyone in the individual market keep their health plan. Clinton didn´t offer any ideas on how that might work, but his dissent emboldened fellow Democrats to speak out against the clunky Obamacare rollout. Now with House Democrats threatening to vote for a Republican plan that would gut the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration said Wednesday that it´s willing to accept a Senate proposal that would merely hurt

Americans’ personal data
shared with CIA, IRS,
others in security probe
McClatchy DC, by Marisa Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 11/14/2013 8:40:32 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — U.S. agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans in an attempt to root out untrustworthy federal workers that ended up scrutinizing people who had no direct ties to the U.S. government and simply had purchased certain books. Federal officials gathered the information from the customer records of two men who were under criminal investigation for purportedly teaching people how to pass lie detector tests. The officials then distributed a list of 4,904 people – along with many of their Social Security numbers, addresses and professions – to nearly 30 federal agencies, including the Internal

4 Things the White House Still
Hasn’t Told Us About Obamacare
Fiscal Times, by Brianna Ehley    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 11/14/2013 8:26:45 AM     Post Reply
The White House finally released its much anticipated enrollment numbers on Wednesday, revealing that some 106,000 Americans selected insurance policies on the state and federal health exchanges in October, the first month those marketplaces went live. While the report offers some insight into the demand for the new policies – about 1.5 million people have applied for coverage – it lacks specific information, like who is enrolling and how many people have actually purchased plans. In order to determine how Obamacare is really shaping up, the administration must answer these four crucial questions: 1. How many people are actually purchasing



Top White House officials refuse
to testify on Obamacare
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 11/14/2013 7:51:02 AM     Post Reply
On Nov. 7, Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, along with subcommittee chairman Rep. Jim Jordan, sent the White House a letter requesting testimony from top Obama aides Nancy-Ann DeParle and Jeanne Lambrew. Both are leading figures shaping the White House position in Obamacare design and implementation. Issa wanted them to appear at a Nov. 20 hearing on the so-far disastrous rollout of the president´s national health care scheme. "As the principal health policy advisor during the passage and early implementation of Obamacare, your testimony is vital for helping Congress understand the administration´s preparation

Georgia Insurance Commissioner
Says Obamacare Will Collapse
WJBF News, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 11/14/2013 7:45:18 AM     Post Reply
Evans, GA - State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says the people of Georgia have a lot of questions about Obamacare. "We´re getting calls into our call center saying, hey, I can´t get on the website, and our response is, you know, we don´t have anything to do with it. That is totally the federal government," Hudgens says. Georgia is one of 26 states that is not running a state health exchange for Obamacare. Hudgens says he advised Governor Nathan Deal on that decision, and now that the Federal Health Exchange is having problems, Hudgens stands by his advice. "I´m not an Obamacare fan at

Gallup: Disapproval of Obamacare Growing
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 11/14/2013 7:40:51 AM     Post Reply
Fifty-five percent of Americans say they disapprove of President Obama´s signature health care law, up from 47 percent who disapproved of it just a few weeks ago, in late October. Approval numbers also dipped in Gallup´s Nov. 7-10 poll: Only 40 percent said they like the law, down from 44 percent in late October. Currently, 73 percent of Democrats, 39 percent of independents, and 8 percent of Republicans approve of the healthcare law.

CNN´s Tapper: No Dems Will Talk to Us
After Obamacare Numbers
Breitbart, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 11/14/2013 7:36:56 AM     Post Reply
On CNN’s The Lead, host Jake Tapper said that Democrats had refused to come on the program to discuss the abysmal Obamacare enrollment numbers released on Wednesday afternoon. Dana Bash reported, “Republicans are tripping over themselves to come out and talk.” She continued, “we’re not hearing from Democrats so far, the sounds of silence, tells you everything you need to know.”



Walls Close In Around Obama
Breitbart, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 11/14/2013 7:29:30 AM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow Americans to keep their health insurance plans for a limit of two years. “I have repeatedly said that the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect,” Udall said, “and it will need to be improved as it is implemented.” Udall already wants to push off the open enrollment deadline on the Obamacare health exchanges until the end of May. But Udall’s plan isn’t the only one in the offing. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has introduced the “Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act,” co-sponsored by Sens. Dianne

What’s the Obamacare line today?
Daily Caller, by Mickey Kaus    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 11/14/2013 7:28:06 AM     Post Reply
I’d like to toe the party line on insurance cancellations, but it keeps changing!Old line: These are all “junk” plans! They deserved to die! People are better off without them!Problem: There are lots of people on plans that seem reasonable that they were happy with. New line: Aha! Yes, it’s true, “some of the people getting cancellation notices had generous coverage.“** But if they only could go on the web site they’d see they’ll wind up paying less! Problem: No,a big chunk–maybe the whole 40% or so who won’t get any subsidies, maybe an even greater share–will be paying more. New line: Of

The Nuclear Option: Democrats,
Not GOP, Facing Looming Civil War
Breitbart, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 11/14/2013 7:24:31 AM     Post Reply
Despite what the hysterical media will tell you, those distant blasts you heard last week rolling from New York City to Richmond were not cannon fire from the ongoing civil war within the Republican Party. They were the first shots fired in the civil war that is about to break wide open within the Democratic Party. The hyperventilating media have gone from simply jaundiced sideline observers to outright cheerleaders, breathlessly fanning the flames of discord within the GOP at every turn.

Mavis Batey - obituary
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/14/2013 6:56:37 AM     Post Reply
Mavis Batey, who has died aged 92, was one of the leading female codebreakers at Bletchley Park, cracking the Enigma ciphers that led to the Royal Navy’s victory at Matapan in 1941. She was the last of the great Bletchley “break-in” experts, those codebreakers who found their way into new codes and ciphers that had never been broken before. Mavis Batey also played a leading role in the cracking of the extraordinarily complex German secret service, or Abwehr, Enigma. Without that break, the Double Cross deception plan which ensured the success of the D-Day landings could never have gone ahead.



White House tries to salvage
Obamacare, Democrats in distress
Washington Times, by Davis Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 11/14/2013 6:51:29 AM     Post Reply
The White House scrambled Wednesday to find solutions for the glaring failures in Obamacare as rebellious congressional Democrats pressured the administration over their increasing political predicament. In a closed-door meeting at the Capitol, House Democrats blasted administration officials over their handling of the Obamacare rollout, and the White House’s failure to address Mr. Obama’s broken promise to Americans that they could keep their health insurance plans. SEE ALSO: Only 106,000: Obamacare enrollment falls far short of goal Top Senate Democrats, meanwhile, were giving more support to a legislative proposal that would allow people to keep their insurance plans. The White House said the

Two Secret Service agents pulled from
Obama detail after one tried to ´force
his way into a woman´s hotel room to
get a BULLET he left inside´ while another
sent sexual emails to a female subordinate
Daily Mail [UK], by Meghan Keneally & Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/14/2013 6:41:12 AM     Post Reply
Two Secret Service agents on President Obama´s detail has been reprimanded after trying to force himself into a woman´s hotel room to collect a bullet that he had left there after meeting her hours before in the hotel bar. Ignacio Zamora Jr., who works as a senior supervisor in charge of more than 20 agents, was investigated by his superiors after a hotel staffer reported his unusual behavior. The ensuing investigation also found that he and another agent, Timothy Barraclough, were sending sexually suggestive emails to a female subordinate. Both men have now been suspended from the Secret Service and

Too ´Smart´ to do the Job?
American Spectator, by Ralph R. Reiland    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/14/2013 6:37:43 AM     Post Reply
In his 2007 biography of Barack Obama, Obama: From Promise to Power, Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendell described the exchange he had with then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama just minutes before he delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston: After Obama and I slipped through a security checkpoint and he momentarily broke free from the entourage, I sidled up to him and told him that he seemed to be impressing many people of influence in this rarefied atmosphere. Obama, his gaze fixed directly ahead, never broke his stride. “I´m LeBron, baby,” he replied, referring to LeBron

Top Russian officials hold talks in Egypt
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 11/14/2013 5:59:44 AM     Post Reply
Top Russian and Egyptian ministers are holding talks in the Egyptian capital Cairo that will reportedly include possible arms deals that could be worth as much as $2bn (£1.2bn). It is the first such high-level Russian visit to Egypt in decades. It follows the US´ decision to cut defence aid to Egypt in response to the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi. But Egypt´s foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy insisted that he was not looking for a ´substitute for anyone´. The flagship of Russia´s Pacific Naval Fleet, the cruiser Varyag, is on a six-day visit to Alexandria--the first Russian warship to visit

The Latest Secret Service Scandal
Involves a Bullet in a Bedroom
New York Magazine, by Adam Martin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/14/2013 5:51:31 AM     Post Reply
The latest scandal to hit the U.S. Secret Service does not rise to the magnitude of the agents in Colombia who were recalled for making an early morning scene after one refused to pay a prostitute, but it does take place in a hotel, and this time it involves an unaccounted-for bullet. Two senior supervisors were cut from their duty on the president´s detail after one of them tried apparently tried to get into the room of a woman at the Hay-Adams hotel to retrieve a bullet he´d accidentally left there. In investigating that incident, the service found that agent


In Whitey’s crosshairs
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/14/2013 5:37:08 AM     Post Reply
Whitey Bulger, you wanted to kill me, but I’m still alive. And you’re dead. You’re not going to last long in a real prison, you bully, you coward. I heard you’ve told some of the guards down at Plymouth you would have killed me for sure but you were concerned about blowback on your brother, who by the way didn’t show up one single day at your trial. First you were going to blow me up with plastic explosives you got from one of your crooked FBI agents. Then you sent out Kevin Weeks with a rifle. Your edge was always that you had

Obamacare Schadenfreudarama
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/14/2013 5:34:43 AM     Post Reply
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at the unraveling of Obamacare. First, the obligatory caveats. It is no laughing matter that millions of Americans’ lives have been thrown into anxious chaos as they lose their health insurance, their doctors, their money, or all three. Nor is it particularly amusing to think of the incredible waste of time and tax dollars that has gone into Obamacare’s construction. And the still-unfolding violence that this misbegotten legislation will visit on the economy and our liberties is not funny either. This very magazine has been downright

President Obama said he is sorry
about healthcare.gov, but neither
looked nor sounded sincere
Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/14/2013 5:32:46 AM     Post Reply
President Obama was a sorry sight on the evening of Nov. 7, trying to bond with his fellow Americans in their disgust at the rollout of his unique and much-treasured gift to the people, and he has much to be sorry about. He was indeed sorry, but not for the things he said that he was, and most of the things he was sorry for couldn’t be named. He was sorry the website had crashed, sorry his approval numbers were down around 40 percent, sorry the Democrats coming up for election next year were starting to panic, and sorry his

Why the Tea Party Can’t Govern
American Conservative, by Daniel McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/14/2013 5:25:44 AM     Post Reply
Something is seriously wrong with conservatism. Since Ronald Reagan’s last year in office, Republicans have only twice won a majority of votes cast for president—both times with a George Bush atop the ticket. And neither Bush was a conservative. For 25 years, something has prevented conservatives from winning the White House and prevented the Republicans who do win from governing as conservatives. What could it be? The Tea Party has an answer: RINOs—liberal Republicans in Name Only—have sabotaged the right, most recently in October when they collaborated with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown. Once RINOs are

´Landlord from Hell´ Defends
Terrorizing Apartment Tenants
ABC News, by Lynn Redmond*    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/14/2013 5:19:10 AM     Post Reply
Kip Macy, 39, and his wife, Nicole Macy, also 39, were deemed "landlords of hell" by authorities for menacing the tenants of their San Francisco apartment building. In what authorities called a 17-month lawless rampage, the couple burglarized apartments, sabotaged the building´s structure, and even sawed up through a horrified tenant´s apartment floor, according to district attorney George Gascon. "Well, they were trying to terrorize the tenants so they would leave," Gascon told ABC News´ "20/20". "There was absolutely no other way to explain what they were doing."

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