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Comprehensive Immigration Reform:
The Part Justifies the Whole
National Review Online, by Mark Krikorian    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 9:02:37 AM     Post Reply
One of the problems with any kind of omnibus bill is that supporters will argue the whole bill must be passed based on the claimed merits of specific pieces. This was the whole purpose of the DREAM Act: Advocates pointed to the most sympathetic group of illegal aliens — those who came here as children and did well in school — as an unrebuttable argument for amnestying all 12 million illegals. Likewise with the religious hierarchs’ argument about amnesty more generally. The Catholic bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals argue that the claimed moral imperative for legalizing illegal aliens necessitates

Kerry Tries to Convince Senate that UN
Treaty Won’t Affect U.S. Sovereignty
PJ Media, by Rodrigo Sermeño    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 8:57:13 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John Kerry vowed in a hearing before the congressional recess to work with senators on caveats to a stalled United Nations disabilities pact, as some concern about threats to U.S. sovereignty remains among Republicans. “We want senators to feel comfortable so we’re prepared to address legitimate concerns,” Kerry told the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. “We want to act in good faith…so you’re not feeling like you’re entering into a quicksand deal.” The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) opened for signature in 2007 and came into effect in May 2009 after 20 parties had

Has Obamacare Been Rescued
by the Administration´s ´Tech
Surge´? Don´t Bet On It
Reason, by Peter Suderman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 8:54:06 AM     Post Reply
Is Obamacare back in action? For the last two months, Healthcare.gov, the federally run insurance portal at the heart of the law, has experienced numerous technical troubles. The administration vowed to fix those problems by the end of November, and today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it had met the goal of making sure that the site “worked smoothly” for the “vast majority of users.” In a conference call this morning, a spokesperson for HHS said, “we believe we have met that goal.” A six-page progress report released by the administration this morning touts technical progress



Democrats admit reboot needs
stronger White House team
The Hill, by Amie Parnes and Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/2/2013 8:52:24 AM     Post Reply
Former administration officials and Democratic operatives say President Obama is ill-served by his current White House staff and must reboot his second term team following the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. First-term insiders argue the White House’s weakness was defined by a lack of preparedness, messaging blunders and failure to keep the president informed. They say Obama’s team lacks depth after the departures of longtime advisers David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Robert Gibbs and Patrick Gaspard, and suggest new people must be brought on. “You basically have [White House senior adviser Dan] Pfeiffer and [deputy chief of staff] Rob Nabors running the show politically, and

The Schizophrenia of Barack Obama
American Thinker, by Steve McCann    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/2/2013 8:49:36 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama is a man with only one core conviction. He has, as the basic foundation of his otherwise disorganized and uncertain belief system, the irrefutable tenet that the United States, because of its European roots, has been the epitome of oppression and arrogance throughout its history. Therefore, he is able to rationalize the need to say or do anything as the transformation of American society and the end of the pre-eminent status of the United States are his sole objectives. He has, thus, adopted a pre-meditated schizophrenic personality wherein he comports himself as an apologist and appeaser on the

Obamacare website-maker runs failed
Army Human Terrain System program
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/2/2013 8:25:02 AM     Post Reply
The company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website also runs the Army’s disastrous Human Terrain System in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has been accused of fraud, sexual harassment and racism. The much-maligned Human Terrain System (HTS), launched in 2007, sends academics from social science fields like anthropology and linguistics into war zones to help soldiers understand the local population. The Army spent $58 million on the program in 2013, down from $114 million in 2011. CGI Federal, the U.S. arm of the Canadian CGI Group and the designer of the failed Obamacare website, attempted a

‘Bizarre behavior’ could be risk
to Christie White House run
New York Post, by Frederick U. Dicker    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/2/2013 7:47:08 AM     Post Reply
Gov. Chris Christie’s “bizarre behavior’’ in refusing to say he’ll support a possible GOP challenger to Gov. Cuomo next year could derail his chances to become president, state and national GOP insiders have told The Post. “Christie already has a problem with many Republicans refusing to forgive him because of his embrace of [President] Obama and his socially liberal policies,’’ said a nationally prominent GOP operative. “But this bizarre behavior in suggesting he won’t help a Republican defeat a Democratic governor, and a Cuomo no less, could finish off his chances of becoming his party’s nominee for president in 2016,’’ the



Heritage Foundation´s Index
of Dependence exposes
the ´living wage´ lie
Washington Examiner, by Editorial Writer    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/2/2013 7:37:50 AM     Post Reply
Liberal activists across the nation have since 1994 demanded a “living wage,” which, depending on who is doing the defining, means the amount required to cover the basic needs of an individual or family. As with so many arguments made by the Left, the living wage appeal sounds reasonable. After all, why shouldn´t an employer pay employees at least enough for them to have decent housing, clothes, food, transportation and educational opportunities? But there is a big lie behind this seemingly reasonable argument, namely that the employer is responsible for providing a person´s basic needs, not the individual himself. The

ObamaCare Mission Accomplished
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 7:21:49 AM     Post Reply
Great news: The White House says that Healthcare.gov and the 36 federally run insurance exchanges are finally good to go. The only thing missing from Sunday´s relentlessly upbeat progress report was President Obama in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner. Sunday´s eight-page report was intended to meet Mr. Obama´s deadline for fixing the site after its October 1 debut was a calamity. But the more important goal was political—namely, claiming enough progress to prevent Democrats on Capitol Hill from joining the GOP demand for delaying the individual mandate to buy insurance or even the entire program. Most Democrats are eager

‘Huge Malevolence Out There’:
Feinstein Says We’re Not
Safer from Terrorism Today
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/2/2013 7:18:21 AM     Post Reply
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said this morning that we’re not safer from terrorism today than we were just one or two years ago. “I think terror is up worldwide, the statistics indicate that, the fatalities are way up. The numbers are way up,” she said this morning on CNN. “There are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks being reinforced for those bombs. There are bombs that go through magnatometers. The bomb maker is still alive. There are more groups that ever and there’s huge malevolence out there.” Her House counterpart, Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), said he “absolutely”

SCOTUS, Hobby Lobby & Media Malpractice
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/2/2013 7:08:52 AM     Post Reply
The Supreme Court’s decision to hear two constitutional challenges to the HHS contraception mandate has frightened Obamacare’s media cheerleaders into launching another of their propaganda campaigns designed to protect the “reform” law from itself. Those Americans still naïve enough to rely on establishment news outlets for information on current events are being told that Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius are part of a sinister conspiracy to restrict access to birth control, endow corporations with religious rights, and escalate the “war on women.”



Ex-New York Observer editor Kaplan dies at 59
Associated Press, by Karen Matthews    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 12/2/2013 6:58:10 AM     Post Reply
Peter Kaplan, the former editor of The New York Observer who hired a then-unknown Candace Bushnell to write a column called "Sex and the City," has died. He was 59. Kaplan died Friday of cancer in New York City, said his wife, Lisa Chase. He edited the Observer from 1994 to 2009. The salmon-colored weekly has a reach beyond its circulation of about 50,000 because it is read by the Manhattan-based movers and shakers it covers. Kaplan was credited with honing the paper´s snarky tone and with hiring writers who became influential voices of their era. Bushnell´s column about love

Obamacare: Deadline to fix website passes
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 6:53:29 AM     Post Reply
A deadline to overhaul the website of President Barack Obama´s healthcare reform law has passed but it is unclear if all the glitches have been fixed. Technicians worked around the clock to meet the midnight deadline but the site was due to go offline for maintenance early on Sunday. The BBC´s Katy Watson in Washington says the test will come as people return from Thanksgiving holidays. [Snip] White House officials said the HealthCare.gov site was working well on Saturday after overnight hardware upgrades to boost its capacity. Software fixes to improve speed and reduce errors were planned for overnight Saturday

The Coming Oil Wars
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 6:49:01 AM     Post Reply
Accidental wars only happen in the movies. What’s happening now in the East China Sea is a calculated Chinese provocation that could lead to war. At the same time, the Argentine-engineered crisis in the waters off the Falkland Islands is just as dangerous because Argentina may be more reckless than it was when Margaret Thatcher defeated it and Britain is so much weaker. It is of such events that wars can be made. War for oil isn’t new. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, its principal grievance was the American decision to cut off most of its oil supply. On November

Karzai´s refusal to sign security pact
´reckless´, Obama allies warn
Telegraph [UK], by Jon Swaine    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 6:43:36 AM     Post Reply
Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, was sharply criticised by allies of President Barack Obama on Sunday for refusing to sign a new US-Afghan security agreement. Tom Donilon, Mr Obama´s national security adviser until earlier this year, said Mr Karzai was “reckless” for risking a situation in which no US or allied troops would remain in his country after next year. “I think it´s reckless in terms of Afghanistan, and I think it also adversely impacts our ability to plan coherently and comprehensively for post-2014,” Mr Donilon told ABC News. Mr Karzai last week said he would not agree to



New study from China
helps to prove the Abortion-
Breast Cancer Link
American Thinker, by Mary L. Davenport, MD    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/2/2013 6:38:37 AM     Post Reply
In the US we are used to abortion advocates claiming that the risk of elective abortion is relatively trivial, and major medical organizations denying any link between abortion and breast cancer. Now a powerful new study from China published last week by Yubei Huang and colleagues suggests otherwise. The article, a meta-analysis pooling 36 studies from 14 provinces in China, showed that abortion increased the risk of breast cancer by 44% with one abortion, and 76% and 89% with two and three abortions. This new article is another example of the recent excellent scholarship on abortion in peer-reviewed journals coming out

Anarchy in Kiev: Police cower from
chain-wielding protestors and mob
hurling petrol bombs as Ukraine teeters
on the brink of revolution after 300,000
people take over Independence Square
Daily Mail [UK], by Will Stewart    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 6:37:13 AM     Post Reply
Ukraine is on the brink of anarchy and revolution tonight as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators demanded the resignation of pro-Russian authoritarian president Viktor Yanukovych. There were deep fears that the popular uprising could spark a bloody crackdown and state of emergency from the frightened authorities. ´A revolution is starting in Ukraine,´ declared opposition leader Oleh Tyagnybok, as a national strike was called for tomorrow in support of early presidential and parliamentary elections. ´The government and president must resign,´ demanded world boxing champion turned opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, as he urged police to disobey orders from the authorities. ´Do not

The most astonishing pictures of 2013:
Renowned news agency releases its best
photos of the defining moments of the year
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 6:26:22 AM     Post Reply
From President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration and Kenya’s horrific Westgate Mall massacre to the on-going Syrian war, destructive winter storms, deadly fires and twerking, the year of 2013 has seen everything. As the end of the year approaches, news agency Reuters has selected some of the most dramatic moments and striking imagery from their global coverage of news, entertainment and sport. We see the moment an Israeli policeman drags an ultra-Orthodox man during clashes in the town of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem; and the shocking moment a 31-year-old runner gets gored by a bull on Estafeta Street during the sixth

Nobel Prize-winning economist
warns of US stock market bubble
that could be ruinous for the country
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 6:18:19 AM     Post Reply
An American who won this year´s Nobel Prize for economics believes sharp rises in equity and property prices could lead to a dangerous financial bubble and may end badly, he told a German magazine. Robert Shiller, who won the esteemed award with two other Americans for research into market prices and asset bubbles, pinpointed the U.S. stock market and Brazilian property market as areas of concern. ´I am not yet sounding the alarm. But in many countries stock exchanges are at a high level and prices have risen sharply in some property markets,´ Shiller told Sunday´s Der Spiegel magazine. ´That

Horrified US Airways passengers ´advised
to get TB shots´ after infected man is
taken off their flight on landing
Daily Mail [UK], by Snejana Farberov    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 6:09:12 AM     Post Reply
Passengers aboard a US Airways flight from Texas to Arizona Saturday were shocked when a firefighter boarded the plane and reportedly announced that everyone inside the cabin had been exposed to tuberculosis. The incident happened aboard US Airways Express Flight 2846 from Austin to Phoenix operated by Mesa Air. A passenger told ABC15 that she, her husband and 10-year-old daughter were just minutes away from deplaning at Sky Harbor Airport when suddenly a group of paramedics boarded the aircraft and removed a man who was sitting in front of them. According to the woman, one of the first responders then


Get ready for arctic plunge: Up to
eight inches of snow to sweep Britain
Daily Express [UK], by Nathan Rau    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 5:59:33 AM     Post Reply
An “Arctic plunge” is set to trigger freezing temperatures this week and could bring snow across much of Britain by Friday. Severe gales are expected to sweep in from the North and cause blizzards on high ground. This could be only the start of a particularly bad winter with below-­average temperatures and heavy snow for three months, warn forecasters. They say the blast of cold air could see the mercury dip to -13C (9F) overnight in the North, bringing eight inches of snow with wintry showers as early as tomorrow and heavy snow forecast for Wednesday. It will feel bitterly

Is the HealthCare.gov Fix Too
Late to Save Obamacare?
Daily Beast, by Ben Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:54:05 AM     Post Reply
So the troubled site apparently now works 90 percent of the time. That should be good news for Obama—but the question is whether Obamacare will get the mass enrollment it needs. HealthCare.gov finally works. Now people just need to use it. The error-plagued website, which was supposed to be the portal for Americans seeking to buy health insurance through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, is finally approaching basic functionality two months after it went online. In a report released Sunday, the Department of Health and Human Services breathlessly announced that the website now functions more than 90 percent of

The Syrian jihad is a distraction.
Pakistan´s diehards are the real threat
Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 5:49:34 AM     Post Reply
Every few weeks we hear of another Briton killed in Syria, fighting for al-Qaeda linked groups. So far as many as 20 are thought to have been killed fighting government forces, reigniting fears of a new generation of British Muslims learning jihad overseas before returning to launch terrorist attacks at home. Maybe, but I´m told MI6 remains far more exercised about the dozens of Brits in Pakistan´s tribal areas. And with good reason. [Snip] Security officials and members of the Pakistan Taliban have tried to talk up something of an exodus of jihadis to the Middle East. For Pakistan, it

Sack Sebelius
Real Clear Politics, by Jack Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:47:52 AM     Post Reply
One of the things for which I’m thankful this Thanksgiving is that I’m not Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. That Ms. Sebelius is still HHS secretary is remarkable. If they’d presided over a fiasco like the Obamacare rollout, the CEO of every corporation anywhere in the world would have been fired long ago. Ms. Sebelius is fortunate she works in government, where there is no accountability. And in the Obama administration, where there is no integrity. Earlier this month, TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau was convicted of fraud for making health claims less obviously false than those Ms. Sebelius and her boss have

ObamaCare´s Next Legal Challenge
Wall Street Journal, by Scott Pruitt    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:42:29 AM     Post Reply
Oklahoma City- As millions of Americans see their health-insurance premiums increase, have their coverage dropped as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and are unable to use the federal exchange, Oklahoma has sued the Obama administration. The Sooner State and several others are trying to stop the government from imposing tax penalties on certain states, businesses and individuals in defiance of the law. If these legal challenges are successful, the deficit spending associated with the new health-care law could be reduced by approximately $700 billion over the next decade. While the president´s health law is vast and extraordinarily complex, it is

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