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5 new things about President Obama
Associated Press, by Darlene Superville    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 8:00:58 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The man who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is more than just another celebrity, or the famous face behind the government´s troubled health care website. Here are five new things about President Barack Obama: HE SINGS IN THE BATHROOM Obama showed off his pipes when he sang the opening lines of the Al Green classic "Let´s Stay Together" at a New York fundraiser in January 2012. He apparently has had a lot of practice. Asked during an interview on BET´s "106 & Park" about her husband´s unexpected turn as a balladeer, first lady Michelle Obama said he sings

Effort Underway to Override
State Laws Penalizing Those
Who Expose Others to HIV
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 7:51:11 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — As the U.S. marked World AIDS Day with a population of more than 1.1 million infected with HIV, a bicameral movement is underway in Congress to get the federal government to override state laws criminalizing exposure to the virus. Proponents argue that even though there is still no cure for AIDS, advancements in drug therapies mean HIV isn’t as deadly as it once was. They also contend that laws against potential transmission of the virus — centering around full disclosure of one’s illness to a sexual partner — just stigmatize and oppress those infected with HIV. Sen. Chris

Liberals are culture war aggressors
USA Today, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 12/2/2013 7:46:16 PM     Post Reply
Maybe someone can explain to me how, exactly, conservatives are the aggressors in the culture war? In the conventional narrative of American politics, conservatives are obsessed with social issues. They want to impose their values on everyone else. They want the government involved in your bedroom. Those mean right-wingers want to make "health care choices" for women. Now consider last week´s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to consider two cases stemming from Obamacare: Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores. Democratic politicians and their fans on social media went ballistic almost instantly. That´s hardly unusual these



Organizing for Action Asks Followers
to Hold ‘Newtown Anniversary Events’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 7:41:53 PM     Post Reply
On December 14, Americans will mourn on the one year anniversary of the massacre of school children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The Newtown Massacre sparked a failed push by Democrats and their allies to pass new laws through Congress that would restrict gun ownership. With that anniversary approaching, President Barack Obama’s political arm, Organizing for Action, is urging followers to hold a “Newtown Anniversary event” with the aim of reminding the public of the need for stricter gun laws. “OFA will give you the resources you need to ensure you’re event is a powerful reminder

Obama looks to oust red
governors from blue states
Politico, by Edward-Isaac Dovere & James Hohmann    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 7:35:10 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama won reelection last year warning voters about what he called an extreme Republican agenda that would roll back the social and economic victories of the previous years. But that agenda is on the move in the states, and on the ballot in next year’s most competitive governors’ races — all of them in places he won in both 2008 and 2012: Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Maine and Michigan. The White House has committed to its first Democratic Governors Association fundraising event of the cycle and pledged to help candidates next year, people familiar with the discussions confirmed to

Martin Bashir Reportedly ‘On
Vacation’ in Fallout of Palin Remarks
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 7:26:04 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Martin Bashir is either out on vacation or has been temporarily suspended from the network, according to a new report by POLITICO’s Dylan Byers, following his infamously crude remarks about Sarah Palin. Bashir was out all last week from his eponymous show, with frequent MSNBC contributor Joy Reid filling in up to Thanksgiving. On the one hand, Byers cites MSNBC sources who say Bashir has been temporarily suspended from the network. Bashir’s initial offending comment came over two weeks ago, and in the intervening time there was outcry not just over Bashir’s comments themselves, but on the network’s relative

RI Governor Caves, Christmas
Tree to Return to Statehouse
Fox News, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 7:17:17 PM     Post Reply
Rhode Island will once again have a Christmas tree. Gov. Lincoln Chafee has decided to abandon his habit of calling the Statehouse Christmas tree a holiday tree. The governor said his previous actions had generated too much anger. “He caved,” State Rep. Doreen Costa told Fox News. “This is fabulous news – a small victory for us who fight the war on Christmas.” For the past two years, Chafee called the Statehouse tree a holiday tree in a nod to the state’s religious diversity and its founding as a haven of tolerance. However, the decision generated widespread outrage – leading



Fox & Friends Finds Proof That ‘Sharia
Law Is Changing Everything’ in America
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 7:08:52 PM     Post Reply
Buried among a slew of short news update on Monday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends was this disturbing revelation from reporter Heather Nauert: “Sharia law is now changing everything.” Nauert was reporting on a YMCA swim class in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota that will cater to the religious beliefs of Somali-American girls. “The minority becoming the majority at one community pool,” she said. before issuing the warning that “similar classes are now starting at towns across the Midwest.” According to The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “During the hourlong swim practice, all other swimmers are cleared out of the pool. The men’s

Pentagon floats plan to
close US commissaries
Fox News, by Justin Fishel & Jennifer Griffin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 6:59:10 PM     Post Reply
The Pentagon is floating a controversial plan to close all U.S.-based commissaries in 2015 as part of a massive cost-saving effort after more than a decade of war. The commissaries are grocery stores that offer food and other necessities at a discount to members of the military, their families and veterans. But as Congress tightens the purse strings, the stores could get caught in the budget battle. Budget cutters say they don´t yet know how much money the plan would save, but there are 178 commissaries in the United States -- and 70 overseas -- which receive a total of $1.4 billion

WH: Food Stamps ´Are
Boosting the Economy´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 6:53:31 PM     Post Reply
People who depend on the government to buy their food using food stamps are boosting the economy, the White House says. A Thanksgiving message posted on the White House website says the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)--AKA food stamps--helps millions of Americans put food on the table and keeps millions out of poverty. In the last five years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of Americans on food stamps has gone up 67.7 percent. "What´s more, SNAP is boosting the economy right now," the infographic says. "SNAP´s effect extends beyond the food on a family´s table--to the grocery stores, truck

Could A Tech Giant Build A
Better Health Exchange? Maybe Not
National Public Radio, by Steve Henn    Original Article
Posted By: Chaps- 12/2/2013 6:51:22 PM     Post Reply
Oregon has spent more than $40 million to build its own online health care exchange. It gave that money to a Silicon Valley titan, Oracle, but the result has been a disaster of missed deadlines, a nonworking website and a state forced to process thousands of insurance applications on paper. Some Oregon officials were sounding alarms about the tech company´s work on the state´s online health care exchange as early as last spring. Oracle was behind schedule and, worse, didn´t seem able to offer an estimate of what it would take to get the state´s online exchange up and running.



Howard Dean: Employers Have No
Right to Make Health Decisions,
But Gov´t Does
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 6:50:07 PM     Post Reply
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a liberal Democrat, says decisions about health care should rest with the federal government, not with individual employers who pay for their workers´ health insurance. "So, you know, this is one country," Dean told CNN´s "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley on Sunday. "We all have to live by a set of things that are passed in Washington and agreed to by the court. We´ll see what the court does, but I don´t think a particular employer has a right to decide what kind of health care their employees are going to get. That´s

NBC Presents All-Positive Story
on ‘Shared Medical Appointments’
NewsBusters, by Paul Bremmer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 6:44:10 PM     Post Reply
It appears that NBC is trying to prepare us for the future of health care scarcity that ObamaCare is likely to bring. On Saturday’s Today, chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman presented a story on a new phenomenon that has popped up in some hospitals and clinics around the country: shared medical appointments. The idea is to put as many as 15 people with similar health problems in the same room with their doctor so they can all discuss their medical issues together. Although liberals are supposed guardians of the right to privacy, Snyderman’s story had nothing negative to say

ACLU sues US bishops over
Catholic hospital ethics
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:52:12 PM     Post Reply
DETROIT — The American Civil Liberties Union is taking aim at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its ethical guidelines for Catholic hospitals. The ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court in Michigan accusing the bishops of being negligent for barring certain treatments or the mention of the treatments such as abortion. The lawsuit was filed in the case of a pregnant woman whose life was at risk from premature labor. The ACLU says Mercy Health Muskegon hospital didn’t tell her that she should consider terminating her pregnancy because the bishops’ guidelines barred mention of abortion. The lawsuit was filed amid

Core Incompetency
National Review Online, by Editors    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:49:50 PM     Post Reply
December 1 has come and gone without the Obama administration’s having delivered its promised “fully functioning” health-care website — another item in President Obama’s catalogue of broken health-care promises, another example of his administration’s utter incompetence at anything other than campaigning. When it comes to making speeches, the president is pretty good; when it comes to getting things done, it’s a clown show. And now the clowns are running your health care. Even the president’s media cheerleaders are out of excuses. When a CNN reporter logged in to the new, improved HealthCare.gov to demonstrate its smoothed-out functionality, it crashed on television.



Drag racing called possible
factor in ´Fast & Furious´ actor
Paul Walker´s death
CNN Entertainment, by Alan Duke and Holly Yan    Original Article
Posted By: had2- 12/2/2013 5:30:51 PM     Post Reply
Drag racing may have been involved in the fiery crash that killed "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker on Saturday, an investigator said Monday. Investigators got a phone call tip Sunday suggesting that another car was at the scene when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by Walker´s racing team partner, slammed into a light pole and burst into flames, Los Angeles County Sheriff´s Sgt. Richard Cohen told CNN.

New Obamacare website ´fix´ CRASHES
just as White House boasts of its success
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/2/2013 5:15:16 PM     Post Reply
The flagship Obamacare website continued to spout error messages on Monday, hobbling a new fix that the White House bragged would avoid system crashes caused by too much Web traffic. Frustrated with news reports about crashes, delays and other online failures, the Obama administration´s ´tech surge´ team put in place an email-driven ´queuing system´ similar to the overdraft feature available with some checking accounts. [Snip] ´Can´t wait?´ the message reads. ´Leave your email with us, and we´ll send you a one-time message when HealthCare.gov is ready for you to return.´ This page, too, was prone to crash on Monday, at

Allen West: EPA Engaging in
Backdoor Gun Control
Breitbart Big Government, by LTC Allen West (USA, Ret.)    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 12/2/2013 5:09:35 PM     Post Reply
I am one who steers very clear of tinfoil hat conspiracy theories. I often believe progressives plant stories in order to distract and disrupt, enabling them to pursue their true goals and objectives. That’s why I stress the importance of staying focused on the modern liberal socialist policies of the Obama administration, not the sideshow antics. However, as a former combat commander, I have been trained to look for trends. And I believe we’ve found a very disturbing one. It seems that backdoor gun control is in full effect in the United States.

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

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

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