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Why don´t Republican leaders
like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee?
Washington Times, by Michael P. Hausam    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/27/2013 11:20:35 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are not popular with Senate Republican leaders. Neither are the groups that strongly support them — the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Tea Party. But why? It certainly makes sense that Democrats oppose them, but why do they face strong opposition from some Republicans? The Tea Party Patriots website explains what that group is about. According to the “About” page, they were formed as a reaction to the “fiscally irresponsible actions of the federal government, misguided ‘stimulus’ spending, bailouts, and takeovers of private industry.” Their core principles are: Fiscal Responsibility – not overspending,

President admits ObamaCare not
the ‘smart political thing’ in letter
New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/27/2013 11:07:46 AM     Post Reply
President Obama admits in a handwritten letter to a Texas schoolteacher that ObamaCare is not the “smart political thing” and that he is bogged down by a “toxic political environment.” Thomas J. Ritter wrote to the president ­expressing his dismay over the Affordable Health Care Act, and was surprised to get a response penned by Obama on official White House ­stationery. Ritter, a fifth-grade teacher at Sally B. Elliott ­Elementary in Irving, Texas, had written to the president: “This bill has caused such a ­divisive, derisive and toxic environment .?.?. The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your

Dems Like Linda Sanchez Prioritize
Tiny Grievance Groups As Cover
For Economic Failures
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/27/2013 11:03:31 AM     Post Reply
Politics: Eighty million Americans are losing health insurance, and 26 million are jobless. But lefty Rep. Linda Sanchez has made oppression of gay and transgender Latinos her priority. Seems the smaller the cause, the better. At a field hearing attended by all of 20 people in Los Angeles on Monday, the California Democrat bemoaned all the time spent on matters such as the slow economy, runaway government spending, the millions losing their insurance under Obama-Care and the 7.8% unemployment rate. Such issues, the congresswoman believes, are diverting attention from problems experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Latinos and Latinas. But then, that



As Homeless Line Up for Food
Los Angeles Weighs Restrictions
New York Times, by Adam Nagourney    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 11/27/2013 10:59:31 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES — They began showing up at dusk last week, wandering the streets, slumped in wheelchairs and sitting on sidewalks, paper plates perched on their knees. By 6:30 p.m., more than 100 homeless people had lined up at a barren corner in Hollywood, drawn by free meals handed out from the back of a truck every night by volunteers. But these days, 27 years after the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition began feeding people in a county that has one of the worst homeless problems in the nation, the charity is under fire, a flashpoint in the national debate

Hail to the Panderer-in-Chief
Tribune Media Services, Inc., by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/27/2013 10:57:08 AM     Post Reply
‘I’m not a particularly ideological person,” President Obama told an audience of donors in Seattle over the weekend. He added (in Reuters’s words) that “pragmatism was necessary to advance the values that were important to him.” This is an old refrain of Obama’s. As he said in his first inaugural, “The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works.” “What works” is a cruel standard for the author of Obamacare, which may be one reason the White House has taken to scrubbing the sobriquet from its website and the president’s speeches

Beijing destroys barbecue
grills to cut pollution
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 11/27/2013 10:47:08 AM     Post Reply
BEIJING - Beijing is waging a war against air pollution, one barbecue at a time. Authorities in the capital have destroyed more than 500 open-air barbecues "to cut PM2.5" - the tiny particulate matter in the air that can enter deep into the lungs. Photos carried by state media showed workers on Tuesday cutting pieces of metal with sparks flying as city wardens looked on. Citizens online ridiculed the exercise, suggesting authorities should focus on bigger sources of pollution. A media officer at Beijing´s Xicheng district administration bureau said the hundreds of barbecue grills were confiscated over a three-month campaign

Grassley, King Have Legislative Way to
Detonate Reid’s Nuclear Option Aims
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/27/2013 10:45:02 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is planning on introducing bicameral legislation after the holiday break to thwart Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) attempt to stock the D.C. Circuit with President Obama’s picks. Before senators left for the Thanksgiving break last week, Reid invoked the “nuclear option” to allow nominees to pass cloture with a simple majority vote. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduce the Court Efficiency Act in April, and King will now introduced it in the House and and push for its immediate consideration in the House Judiciary Committee and on the floor. The bill would simply eliminate the three



Michelle Obama´s 14 Obamacare
talking points for Thanksgiving dinner
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/27/2013 10:39:57 AM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama not only wants Americans to consider signing up for Obamacare during their Thanksgiving get-togethers, she´s also offering tips on how to talk about it and wants feedback. In a fundraising note to supporters that also cheered her husband´s economic and global warming efforts, the first lady urged supporters of the president´s grassroots group Organizing for Action to share their Obamacare experiences. “The folks at OFA will be collecting some of your stories to share on BarackObama.com. I can´t wait to see what you have to say,” she wrote, adding: “P.S. -- As you spend time with

Presidential poll: Ronald Reagan´s
the greatest, Obama the worst
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/27/2013 10:35:02 AM     Post Reply
Former President Ronald Reagan has edged out Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy as the nation´s greatest president in over a century, and President Obama was rated the biggest failure by a sizable margin over George W. Bush, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter, according to a new poll. The YouGov/Economist rankings just released found that more adults, 32 percent, put "the Gipper" in the “great” category. Of the 1,000 polled, FDR followed at 31 percent and JFK at 30 percent. Just 14 percent rated Obama as great. Instead, 37 percent graded Obama a “failure,” more than Bush at 32 percent, Nixon

Common Core third grade book
goes full Dear Leader on Obama
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 11/27/2013 10:26:23 AM     Post Reply
The ground is being laid for future racial strife over Barack Obama once he is out of office. His fanatical supporters, especially in the African-American community which has remained solidly in his camp despite all his demonstrated incompetence and lies, are being set up to see him as a martyr. I will be accused of all sorts of grievous offenses, from racism to judging too hastily, but I think it is becoming clear that Obama´s two terms will be regarded as a failed presidency (snip)We are now seeing the type of blatant messianic portrayals of Obama offered through government schools that

NRA says NYC Mayor Michael
Bloomberg has ruined Thanksgiving
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 11/27/2013 10:21:06 AM     Post Reply
Thanksgiving for the National Rifle Association is a good time to give thanks to the end of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s reign. The Second Amendment group on Tuesday used its Thanksgiving message to slam the co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and his fun-limiting attacks on fatty foods like those on the Thanksgiving table of many Americans.
“Bloomberg is full of stuffing,” said the NRA under a cartoon picture of the lame duck mayor dressed as a turkey wearing a Pilgrim hat. “This Thanksgiving, Mayor Bloomberg has found yet another way to put a damper on a favorite



Iran Announces Development of
Ballistic Missile Technology
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2013 10:07:23 AM     Post Reply
A top Iranian military leader announced late Tuesday that Iran has developed “indigenous” ballistic missile technology, which could eventually allow it to fire a nuclear payload over great distances. Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the lieutenant commander of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), made the critical weapons announcement just days after Iran and the West signed a deal aimed at curbing the country’s nuclear activities. Salami claimed that “Iran is among the only three world countries enjoying an indigenous ballistic missile technology,” according to the state-run Fars News Agency. “Many countries may have access to cruise missiles technology, but

And now, your 2013 political ´turkeys´
Philadelphis Daily News [PA}, by John Baer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2013 10:02:30 AM     Post Reply
In the spirit of the holiday, I herein serve up celebratory thoughts on some political "turkeys" of 2013. And save the cracks about how all Daily News commentary and political reporting belong at or near the top of any such list. Let´s just get to it. It goes without saying, or should, that the failed rollout of Obamacare and the collateral damage done to faith in government, the administration and the president is a giant gobbler. I´m talking turkus terrificanus. It is, to borrow from the actor/author Wallace Shawn, "inconCEIVable" ("The Princess Bride," 1987) that this president could so damage

Obama: My ears inspired ‘Shrek’
Politico, by MacKenzie Weinger    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 11/27/2013 9:57:55 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama on Tuesday stopped by DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, Calif., scoring cheers from the crowd for Obamacare as he also joked about inspiring the look for “Shrek” and compared Congress to the “The Godfather.” Obama wrapped up his West Coast trip with a stop at the campus of the animation studio, whose CEO is Jeffrey Katzenberg, a major Obama donor and supporter. During a tour before his speech, Obama visited a recording studio and watched actors Steve Martin and Jim Parsons record lines for their upcoming animated film, “Home.” “I would like to work here,” Obama told the crowd.

Ole Miss sophomore safety Chief Brown
owes “so much” to a Mississippi State fan
Star-Ledger [Jackson, MS], by Billy Watkins    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 11/27/2013 9:53:47 AM     Post Reply
Chief Brown, an 11-year-old shortstop in Winona’s city league, scooped up the ground ball and fired it to first base for what should have been the final out of the game. The throw sailed high and wide, and the tying and winning runs scored. Tears streamed down his face as he reached the dugout and looked up at his coach, Eddie Hammond. “I lost the game for us, Mr. Eddie,” he said. Hammond told him, “No, no. That play was no different than one in the first inning or the third inning … the team lost the game. Not you.” And Hammond hugged him. That



Texas DA who prosecuted Tom DeLay
has mud on face again
American Thinker, by David Paulin    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 11/27/2013 9:52:08 AM     Post Reply
Ronnie Earle´s problematic record as Travis County District Attorney is coming back to haunt him - yet again. Earle, a Democrat, made a name for himself with some clever legal sophistry: specifically, he convinced a gullible jury in liberal Travis County, Texas, that former Republican House Speaker Tom DeLay was guilty of "money laundering" related to his funneling of campaign contributions to Republican candidates. A Texas Appeals Court recently dismissed the charges, ruling DeLay had broken no laws. Delay had called the prosecution the criminalization of politics. Now, another case overseen by Earle in the liberal enclave of Travis County has

Pigskin Pride and Prejudice
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2013 9:48:56 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — I dreamed of Peyton Manning. In my dream, I was trying to shield him from the bitter wind in Foxborough. But he still looked like a frozen block of ice, with a red nose and watery eyes. Yet it was so much better than my usual nightmares about President Ted Cruz that I wondered why I hadn’t started watching football a long time ago. When my sports-crazy family would drone on about football at holidays, I would sometimes slip into a bedroom to take a break with Jane Austen. I had no interest in hearing about sulky brutes

Let us all give thanks for George
Mason and the Bill of Rights
Washington Times, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 11/27/2013 9:48:03 AM     Post Reply
George Mason’s home, Gunston Hall, just down the river from Mount Vernon, is closed on Thanksgiving Day but reopens to visitors the day after. In this season when Americans reflect upon all that we are grateful for, these stately and hallowed grounds are a good place to start. Commonly referred to as the “forgotten founder,” George Mason IV had a fair amount of contempt for politics. Especially politicians. It was a dirty, grubby affair that attracted mostly dirty, grubby people. In other words, Mason was clairvoyant.

A Plea to Avoid Crush
of Users at Health Site
New York Times, by Michael D. Shear & Robert Pear    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/27/2013 9:46:39 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — White House officials, fearful that the federal health care website may again be overwhelmed this weekend, have urged their allies to hold back enrollment efforts so the insurance marketplace does not collapse under a crush of new users. At the same time, administration officials said Tuesday that they had decided not to inaugurate a big health care marketing campaign planned for December out of concern that it might drive too many people to the still-fragile HealthCare.gov. With a self-imposed deadline for repairs to the website approaching on Saturday, the administration is trying to strike a delicate balance. It is encouraging

HealthCare.Gov Confusion
Continues: Wisconsin State Agency
Distributes Paper Applications
Wisconsin Free [Elm Grove, WI], by Amber Trucke    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 11/27/2013 9:44:43 AM     Post Reply
Why is the Wisconsin Department of Health Services mailing out paper applications to enroll in the federal healthcare exchanges? That is what one local Milwaukee resident was wondering when she received an envelope containing a lengthy and confusing 26 page application, instructing her to return the document to the London, Kentucky based Health Insurance Marketplace. For privacy reasons, the college-educated Milwaukee African American mother of four wishes to remain unnamed. However, in her remarks to the Wisconsin Free, she was quite open in venting her frustrations. “It is confusing in some areas and lengthy with many pages back to


Halperin Clarifies ‘Death Panel’
Interview, Defends Point About
Obamacare’s ‘Rationing’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2013 9:44:26 AM     Post Reply
TIME political analyst Mark Halperin appeared on Morning Joe Wednesday morning to explain his controversial interview with Newsmax TV‘s Steve Malzberg yesterday, during which Halperin agreed with the host that “death panels were coming.” Halperin told MSNBC he was referring to health care rationing that would be an inevitable consequence of the Affordable Care Act’s attempts at cost controls. “I said something imprecisely,” Halperin said. “I was asked about rationing or ‘death panels’ in the Affordable Care Act…I didn’t use the phrase and I don’t think there death panels in the Affordable Care Act.” The interview reignited the long-dormant debate

Obama: ´We Have Accomplished As
Much, If Not More, Than Any
Time in Our History´
Cybercast News Service., by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 11/27/2013 9:39:44 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama told a Democratic fundraiser in Beverly Hills Tuesday that he has accomplished "as much, if not more" than any other president."Over the last five years, thanks to the leadership of Nancy (Pelosi) and Harry (Reid) and legislators who are here, we have accomplished as much, if not more, than any time in our history -- saving an economy from a Great Depression; revitalizing an auto industry that is producing better cars and has come roaring back like nobody believed; doubling our exports; drastically reducing our dependence on foreign oil; doubling fuel efficiency standards; doubling our production of

Thanksgiving Proclamations:
The oldest and newest
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 11/27/2013 9:39:22 AM     Post Reply
The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

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