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Franken in trouble in MN for 2014?
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 5:03:27 PM     Post Reply
Don’t get too excited about the latest St. Cloud State University poll in Minnesota, but it does at least offer a glimmer of hope for a Minnesota Republican Party that still finds itself in financial and organizational straits. Just a year after getting blitzed in the 2012 election, Minnesotans find themselves less than enchanted with Democratic officeholders. And 2014 incumbent Sen. Al Franken fares the worst of all:(Snip for video)In the poll released this week, 44% of Minnesotans polled said Governor Mark Dayton is doing excellent or pretty good. That’s a 9% drop from last year, which political analyst David

MSNBC Claims Absent Bashir
Merely on Vacation
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 5:01:27 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, MSNBC maintained that missing host Martin Bashir had not been suspended despite the fact that Bashir has not appeared on his show since November 22. MSNBC told Politico that Bashir was merely on vacation, but neglected to say when he would return from his vacation. Bashir has been under heavy fire since stating on November 15 that someone should “p*ss” and “s***” in Sarah Palin’s mouth in response to Palin saying that US debt to China was enslaving future generations. “If anyone truly qualified for a dose of [slavemaster] discipline,” Bashir said, “then she would be the outstanding

Necessary But Not Sufficient
Weekly Standard, by Geoffrey Norman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 5:00:03 PM     Post Reply
Back when he had not been in the White House very long, President Obama called the fight in Afghanistan as “a war of necessity.” That, to distinguish it from his predecessor’s “war of choice,” in Iraq and to justify the decisions he would make and the actions he would take to make sure that the conflict in Afghanistan went our way. Among these decisions was a troop “surge,” modeled after the one that had been successful in Iraq. Afghanistan may still be the necessary war but the surge and then abandonment did not prove sufficient to win it or to create

  


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Jay Carney Bristles at Jon Karl’s
Repeated Obamacare Question:
‘Is This Mission Accomplished?’
Mediaite, by Tommy Christopher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 4:23:55 PM     Post Reply
In the months-long media debate over the rollout of Obamacare and its website, opponents of the law have repeatedly tried to link health care reform with failures of past presidencies, including the Iraq War. At Monday’s White House Daily Briefing, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl found a clever way to invoke that comparison, repeatedly asking Press Secretary Jay Carney if this weekend’s re-launch of Healthcare.gov is “Mission Accomplished.” “In terms of the goals you set for this moment, in terms of the website being functional for the vast majority of users, is it Mission Accomplished?” Karl asked.

Midwest economy: November
state-by-state glance
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 4:20:17 PM     Post Reply
OMAHA, Neb.— The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group uses the same methodology as the national survey to consult supply managers and business leaders. Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss oversees the report. The overall index ranges between 0 and 100. Growth neutral is 50, and a figure greater than 50 indicates an expanding economy over the next three to six months. Here are the state-by-state results for November: Arkansas: The overall index expanded to 51.1 from 45.6 in October. Components

Marijuana may be
contaminated with mold, mildew
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/2/2013 4:09:51 PM     Post Reply
WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- The microscope at the University of New Haven, set at 10-times magnification, shows a marijuana leaf covered with dozens of tiny bumps. It´s mold, and someone, somewhere could be smoking similarly contaminated pot and not have a clue. Heather Miller Coyle, a forensic botanist and associate professor at the university, says all sorts of nasty things not visible to the naked eye have been found in marijuana - mold, mildew, insect parts, salmonella and E. coli, to name a few. That´s why Coyle and her students earlier this year began developing a new process to detect

Obama reveals $100 million
HIV research initiative
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/2/2013 3:20:11 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has announced a new initiative at the National Institutes of Health in pursuit of a cure for HIV. Obama says his administration is redirecting $100 million into the project to find a new generation of therapies. He said the United States should be at the forefront of discoveries to eliminate HIV or put it into remission without requiring lifelong therapy. Obama made the announcement Monday at a White House event marking World AIDS Day, which was Sunday. The president also announced that the U.S. passed the ambitious goal he set last year to support 6 million people

  


  

Croatians overwhelmingly vote against
same-sex marriage in a referendum
Associated Press, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/2/2013 3:17:24 PM     Post Reply
ZAGREB, CROATIA – A majority of Croatians voted in a referendum Sunday to ban gay marriages in what is a major victory for the Catholic Church-backed conservatives in the European Union´s newest nation. The state electoral commission, citing initial results, said 65 percent of those who voted answered "yes" to the referendum question: "Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?" About 34 percent voted against. The result meant that Croatia´s constitution will be amended to ban same-sex marriage. The vote has deeply divided Croatia. Liberal groups have said the referendum´s question infringes on basic human rights. The

Rep. McDermott: Jesus ´Didn´t
Charge Food Stamps´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/2/2013 3:05:12 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” Wednesday that when Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, “he didn’t charge food stamps.” “When Jesus had those five loaves and two fishes, he didn´t charge food stamps. He didn´t ask anybody how much money they had. He fed them because they were hungry, and that´s really where we ought to be,” McDermott said in response to Republican critics of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). In September, the House approved a plan by Republicans to cut $39 billion in food stamps over the next

Edward Snowden revelations prompt
UN investigation into surveillance
Guardian (UK), by Nick Hopkins and Matthew Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/2/2013 2:35:26 PM     Post Reply
The UN´s senior counter-terrorism official is to launch an investigation into the surveillance powers of American and British intelligence agencies following Edward Snowden´s revelations that they are using secret programmes to store and analyse billions of emails, phone calls and text messages. The UN special rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC said his inquiry would also seek to establish whether the British parliament had been misled about the capabilities of Britain´s eavesdropping headquarters, GCHQ, and whether the current system of oversight and scrutiny was strong enough to meet United Nations standards. The inquiry will make a series of recommendations to the UN general assembly

Fertility doctors aim to
lower rate of twin births
Associated Press, by Marilynn Marchione    Original Article
Posted By: Fosterdad- 12/2/2013 1:42:44 PM     Post Reply
Boston — Doctors are reporting an epidemic — of twins. Nearly half of all babies born with advanced fertility help are multiple births, new federal numbers show. In the five years since the "Octomom" case, big multiple births have gone way down but the twin rate has barely budged. Twins aren´t always twice as nice; they have much higher risks of prematurity and serious health problems. Now fertility experts are pushing a new goal: One. A growing number of couples are attempting pregnancy with just a single embryo, helped by new ways to pick the ones most likely to succeed.

  


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´He always did his job with grace´:
Today Show anchors honor colleague
killed in New York train crash
as he traveled to city*
Daily Mail (UK), by Snejana Farberov & Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 12:55:51 PM     Post Reply
The Today Show team paid tribute today to a beloved colleague who was killed in Sunday morning´s Metro-North train derailment in New York City. James Lovell, 58, a married father-of-four, was a staffer at NBC and had been on his way to work on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting when he was killed. Today show executive producer Don Nash shared a message with colleagues on Mr Lovell´s death: ´Jim worked on TODAY for over 20 years. He was not only a skilled technician but also one of the nicest guys you ever met. You may have seen him working

White House: Obama not eyeing Iran trip
The Hill, by Julian Pecquet    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/2/2013 12:52:06 PM     Post Reply
The White House on Monday categorically denied a report that President Obama is planning a trip to Iran next year. “There is no truth to this report,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden told The Hill in an email. Kuwait´s Arabic-language Al-Jarida is reporting on the front page of its web site that U.S. and Iranian officials are negotiating a presidential visit for the middle of next year. The report cites an unnamed U.S. diplomat and states that a key sticking point to the visit is whether Obama would meet with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Tech entrepreneur’s renovation
of Hickory Hill signals new
guard’s refashioning of D.C.
Washington Post, by Annie Gowen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 12:16:07 PM     Post Reply
One day a few years ago, the construction trucks began arriving at the big white house on Chain Bridge Road. The antiques, chintz-covered furniture and damask curtains were long gone. So were the copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Lincoln, the framed letters from Jefferson and Washington, and the big leather club chair that sat in the office of Robert F. Kennedy when he was attorney general. The new owner of one of Washington’s most famous houses had hired workers to rip out the electrical system, the plumbing and the hand-carved molding and strip the walls to their very studs.

Allen West warns Obama’s ‘backdoor
gun control is moving forward’
Washington Times (D.C), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 12:07:38 PM     Post Reply
Come 2014, all ammunition sold to civilian gun-owners in America will have to be imported, a result of President Obama’s crackdown on sulfur dioxide and lead emissions and accompanying harsh Environmental Protection Agency regulations, said former Florida congressman, Lt. Col. Allen West. And for defenders of the Second Amendment, that means higher ammo prices are likely on the way — a situation Mr. Allen writes on his blog, AllenBWest.com, is akin to a federal power-grab on guns, albeit through the backdoor. The situation stemmed from the shutdown of The Doe Run Lead Smelter in Missouri, a business that’s been around

  


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WashPost: Democrats Never
Careen to the ´Far Left,´ They
Can Only Become ´More Populist´
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 12:04:29 PM     Post Reply
On Sunday, The Washington Post reported on its front page “Democratic Party feeling heat from a revived left.” They rarely acknowledge the Democrats have an ideological base, and almost never use the word “liberal” to describe it. Reporter Zachary Goldfarb did use the word “liberal” routinely, but when you want to push something really leftist, you aren’t getting extreme, you are growing more “populist.” The more leftist you get, the more you appeal to the people? There were no extreme labels for the left, but Obama’s allegedly been embracing “conservative thinking.” The Post easily finds a “far right” in the

Michelle Obama’s pleading falls on deaf
ears, America’s eating habits deteriorate
Daily Caller, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: Sparky86- 12/2/2013 11:42:00 AM     Post Reply
Despite first lady Michelle Obama’s healthy living push, American eating habits deteriorated in the first 10 months of 2013, compared with 2012, according to a recent survey. According to a Gallup survey released over the Thanksgiving holiday, the percentage of adults reporting that they ate healthy all day “yesterday” has been consistently lower all 2013 compared to 2012.

Blackwater Founder: We Could
Have Saved Ambassador Stevens
Breitbart Big Peace, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 11:34:48 AM     Post Reply
The controversial founder of the private security firm Blackwater told Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon that if Blackwater had been operating at the American consulate in Benghazi in September of 2012, Ambassador Christopher Stevens would still be alive. On Sunday, Erik Prince, the founder and former CEO of Blackwater USA, told Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125, that the Obama administration “turned its back” on the Americans at the consulate. In what Bannon described as a “no holds barred interview,” Prince shared his insights about a variety of contemporary issues, including foreign policy. Iran is

Obama to Netanyahu: Shut Up
Frontpage Magazine, by Arnold Ahlert    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/2/2013 11:30:31 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration can’t take the heat. Stung by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reaction to the so-called “deal” made with Iran, President Obama has asked the Israeli leader to “take a breather from his clamorous criticism,” according to the Washington Post’s David Ignatius. Netanyahu’s anger is justified. Despite the ostensible reality that Israel is America’s staunchest Middle East ally, the Obama administration was engaged in six months of secret, high-level talks with Israel’s foremost enemy. Obama informed Netanyahu of this reality on September 30. And while he seemingly took Obama’s announcement in stride, a day later the Israeli Prime

Fire Your Team, Mr. President
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/2/2013 11:30:30 AM     Post Reply
President Obama needs to fire himself. Not literally, of course, but practically: He needs to shake up his team so thoroughly that the new blood imposes change on how he manages the federal bureaucracy and leads. A series of self-inflicted wounds during his fifth year in office, capped by the botched launch of the Affordable Care Act, have Americans questioning the president´s competence and credibility. History suggests that second-term presidents rarely recover after their approval ratings fall as much as Obama´s have this year. History also suggests that there are two types of White House shake-ups. The first is mostly cosmetic and

  



Obama´s home town by the numbers
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 11:29:42 AM     Post Reply
Chicago, which has some of the toughest gun control laws in America, had a rough November. Despite the cold weather, it was a popular month for shooting. The website heyjackass.com has collected the final November totals: Shot & Killed: 23 -Shot & Wounded: 111 - Total Homicides: 27 -The site has some helpful graphics: (Charts/graphs) Don´t hold your breath waiting for President Obama to comment on the carnage

Arctic ice cap grows
29% in one year
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/2/2013 11:05:58 AM     Post Reply
Global warming hysterics at the BBC warned us in 2007 that by summer 2013, the Arctic would be ice-free. As with so many other doomsday predictions by warmists, the results turn out to be quite the opposite. The UK Daily Mail reports: A chilly Arctic summer has left 533,000 more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year - an increase of 29 per cent. (snip) The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked by pack-ice all year. More than 20 yachts that had planned to sail it have been left

Books About Rebel Lives
FrontPage, by David Horowitz    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/2/2013 10:29:31 AM     Post Reply
When Skateboards Will Be Free. By Saïd Sayrafiezadeh (2009). 1. This intensely poignant, beautifully rendered memoir tells the story of a child brought up in a Trotskyist family in America. (Snip) The narrator, who fervently desires a skateboard, is denied this wish by his mother, who tells him that the $11 price is a form of capitalist theft and that he needs to wait for the revolutionary day “when skateboards will be free.” This book gave me shivers each time I picked it up.

At least someone´s happy! Nevada´s legal
prostitutes say they can finally get health
insurance thanks to Obamacare*
Daily Mail [UK], by Tom Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: ohyababy- 12/2/2013 10:08:45 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s beleaguered health care programme has received a ringing endorsement - from Nevada´s legal prostitutes. The controversial scheme - otherwise known as Obamacare - is accused of being too expensive by some critics and faced anger after crippling glitches on its website prevented many from signing up when it first launched. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has enabled the legal prostitutes to get health insurance cover for the first time. 'Having this profession, we aren't exactly offered group health insurance... I'm excited,' Taylor Lee, who works at Moonlight Bunny Ranch, told Nevada's news4.

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