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American education´s race to the bottom
American Thinker, by Thomoas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: trapper- 12/3/2013 1:32:18 PM     Post Reply
The Department of Education spends billions of dollars annually, and touts phase three of its "race to the top," but the sad fact is that based on testing results, American education is on a race to the bottom. We spend more than any other nation on earth yet rank in the bottom quartile (26th out of 34) of OECD (developed) nations in the latest international comparison, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). We are paying filet mignon prices and getting Sonic Burger results, in other words.

A Textbook That Should Live
in Infamy: The Common
Core Assaults World War II
Townhall, by Terrence Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/3/2013 12:59:36 PM     Post Reply
Saturday the 7th of December will mark the seventy-second anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Snip) A glance at one of the nation’s leading high-school literature textbooks—Prentice Hall’s The American Experience, which has been aligned to the Common Core—will tell us how we are doing on that front. The opening page of the slim chapter devoted to World War II called “War Shock” features a photograph of a woman inspecting a large stockpile of thousand-pound bomb castings. The notes in the margins of the Teacher’s Edition set the tone: In this section, nonfiction prose and a single stark poem etch into

CNN Analyst ´Defends´ Obama:
´Every President Is Going To Lie´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Larry O´Connor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 12:57:10 PM     Post Reply
CNN´s analyst LZ Granderson has defended President Obama´s outright lies about Obamacare with some of the most insidious, cynical logic seen in recent years. According to Granderson, the American people have rationalized the health insurance lies fed to them by Obama by rationalizing them this way: "We can deal with the lies that President Obama tells us because we believe in his heart, he has the best interest for the American people." To his credit, Granderson doesn´t try to insult the CNN audience, or host Rosa Flores, by pretending Obama didn´t lie. Jay Carney, President Obama and most of the

  


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CRS: ´Likely Take Several Years
or More Before Poverty Rates Recede’
Cybercast News Service., by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 12:48:06 PM     Post Reply
A report from the Congressional Research Service says that it will “likely take several or more years” for the poverty rates in the United States to fall back to the levels they were before the last recession. The number of people living in poverty in the United States hit a record last year, according to Census Bureau data cited by CRS, and the poverty rate remained stuck at its highest level in two decades. “The 46.5 million persons counted as poor in 2012 is the largest number counted in the measure’s recorded history, which goes back as far as 1959,

Polls Show ObamaCare Wave
Building Against Senate Democrats
Breitbart Big Government, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 12:43:09 PM     Post Reply
[Video] Recent polling shows that an election wave of anti-ObamaCare sentiment is growing, and it is not only likely to hand the GOP control of the United States Senate, but might wipe out as many as 12 Democrat seats--many of which looked safe just a few months ago. Back in July, Five Thirty Eight´s election guru Nate Silver believed that control of the Senate was a tossup. That has all changed now that voters got their first real look at the brutal consequences of ObamaCare. Starting with the generic ballot that simply pits Republican lawmakers against their Democrat counterparts, the

The DeMint-McConnell Feud:
A History
National Review, by Jonathon Karl    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 12/3/2013 12:42:06 PM     Post Reply
As he was ascending to the pinnacle of power in the Senate Republican conference almost exactly seven years ago, Mitch McConnell planted the seeds of a feud that could conceivably end his career this May. Democrats, capitalizing on the public’s weariness with the Iraq War and outrage at the GOP’s Abramoff-era corruption, had taken control of both houses of Congress. And McConnell had been unanimously elected minority leader. As they are today, Republicans were searching for a way to reconnect with the public. McConnell, for example, canceled an annual lobbyist-funded retreat at the tony Greenbrier resort in West Virginia in favor of

Major Clinton Ally: Obamacare´s
Problem is the President´s
Historic Mismanagement
Townhall, by Guy Benson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 12:40:54 PM     Post Reply
Ed Rendell is the former Democratic Governor of Pennsylvania, a former DNC Chairman, and a longtime Clinton acolyte. He was on Team Hillary in 2008 and will likely feature prominently on her 2016 bandwagon, too. His biting commentary on Obamacare´s catastrophic roll-out, therefore, is noteworthy for two reasons: First, it´s a partisan Democrat criticizing the president´s handling of his signature domestic initiative in unusually harsh terms. And second, it´s a preview of how Team Hillary plans to cleanse itself of the Obamacare stench. Via MSNBC´s Morning Joe:

  


  

Ex-hospital worker gets 39 years
for causing hepatitis C outbreak
CNN, by Luisa Navarro    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/3/2013 12:40:29 PM     Post Reply
A New Hampshire hospital worker was sentenced to 39 years in prison Monday for causing a multistate outbreak of hepatitis C last year, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney´s office in New Hampshire. David Kwiatkowski pleaded guilty to seven counts of tampering with a consumer product and seven counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud in New Hampshire´s U.S. District Court, according to a plea agreement filed in August. Thirty people were diagnosed with the virus that attacks the liver and can be fatal. Ten months after he was diagnosed with hepatitis C, Kwiatkowski began working at

Detroit eligible for bankruptcy
protection, judge rules
Chicago Tribune Wire Services, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 12:38:13 PM     Post Reply
DETROIT— Detroit is eligible for the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history because the city is broke and without Chapter 9 bankruptcy would continue on the path that has led it to insolvency, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. Judge Steven Rhodes also ruled that while the city did not negotiate in "good faith" with creditors, there were too many of them to make such negotiations practical. Rhodes also said that public pensions could be cut in municipal bankruptcies. In addition, the judge said he would not stay the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings in the wake of any possible appeals, ruling

Stunning hypocrisy from Democrats in
wake of ObamaCare´s broken promises
Fox News, by Scott Brown    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 12:36:51 PM     Post Reply
Hypocrisy and double standards are two things that disgust and infuriate all Americans, regardless of where they fall on the ideological spectrum. Unfortunately, these qualities are far too prevalent in our political culture today, and are prime reasons why Washington and the politicians that work there are held in such low regard. Nowhere is this more evident than in the implementation and implosion of ObamaCare. During the debate over the deeply flawed bill in 2009 and 2010, voters were repeatedly assured by President Obama and his congressional allies that everyone who liked their current health care plan would be able to keep it.

Backlash in the ‘social dump’
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/3/2013 12:33:02 PM     Post Reply
London — Britain and France have been the cat and dog of Europe, yapping and hissing at each other over the centuries, but they’re singing the same song now in close harmony over immigration and what to do about how it’s changing the face of Europe. The not-so-huddled masses are yearning to breathe free on the ride to a good life in the prosperous countries. The music is familiar to American ears, but the words are brisk and straightforward, unencumbered by the fear of being politically incorrect. The French still call the English “the Anglo-Saxons,” as if history has stood still.

  


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Detroit bankruptcy moves forward
as judge rules city can shed debt
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 12:30:27 PM     Post Reply
Detroit´s historic bankruptcy will move forward after a judge ruled Tuesday that the financially crumbling city is eligible to shed billions in debt. Judge Steven Rhodes turned down objections from unions, pension funds and retirees, which all stand to lose big under any plan to address Detroit´s long-term liabilities. The decision Tuesday was long-awaited, and clears the way for the city to proceed in the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history. "This once proud and prosperous city can´t pay its debts. It´s insolvent. It´s eligible for bankruptcy," Rhodes said in announcing his decision. "At the same time, it also has

Obama Admin Drafted Memos on Trillion-
Dollar Coin During Debt Ceiling Showdown
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 12:18:22 PM     Post Reply
Fans of economic policy may recall that during one of the many recent debt ceiling showdowns, the idea to mint a trillion-dollar platinum coin came to the fore. It turns out that the Obama administration took the idea seriously enough to have the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel draft memos pertaining to its legality, a fact belied by the White House’s out-of-hand dismissal of the option in January. In response to the Huffington Post’s Freedom of Information Act request, the OLC confirmed that memos about the legality of minting a high-value platinum coin had been written since Obama took

Metro-North Engineer Was Dozing Just
Before Train Derailment, Sources Say
DNAinfo New York, by Murray Weiss    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/3/2013 12:07:33 PM     Post Reply
MANHATTAN — Investigators believe the motorman at the controls in the deadly Metro-North Railroad derailment in the Bronx Sunday dozed off for a few fateful moments and woke up too late to stop the speeding train from hurtling off the tracks, DNAinfo New York has learned. Veteran engineer William Rockefeller all but admitted he was falling asleep as the train came roaring to a curved section of track north of Spuyten Duyvil in statements made shortly after four people were killed and dozens were injured in the wreck, sources said. He apparently woke up just as the train, traveling at

Madoff Henchman Rats
Out Co-Workers
Daily Beast, by Allan Dodds Frank    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/3/2013 12:04:48 PM     Post Reply
Frank DiPascali, a 33-year employee of the firm that ran the largest Ponzi scheme in recent history, took to the stand to testify against his former colleagues. Frank DiPascali, the Bernie Madoff henchman who won the role as the star witness in the biggest fraud case in American history, torched five of his former colleagues with his testimony Monday in federal court. Perhaps more important, DiPascali is the first witness to demolish the myth that Bernard Madoff ever had a legitimate investment advisory business. The star witness also pulverized Madoff’s assertion that he had acted alone in constructing the biggest

  


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What JFK and Ronald Reagan (and Hugh Hewitt,
too) can teach today´s GOP
Washington Examiner, by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 12/3/2013 12:03:48 PM     Post Reply
Could the GOP be on the cusp of a JFK moment on the national political scene? Before simply dismissing the idea out of hand, consider the following: John F.Kennedy´s appeal in the 1960 presidential campaign was built around his basic summons to the country: "Let´s get America moving again." Fast forward to President Obama's America, which suffers from an economy that sputters along in a slow-growth purgatory, with millions of people dropping out of the workforce, even as Obamacare pushes many of those still working to accept part-time schedules.

Obama’s Racial Eugenics Award?
American Spectator, by Paul Kengor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 12:03:32 PM     Post Reply
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has received America’s highest honor. President Obama bestowed upon Steinem the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In so doing, he honored the work of not only Steinem but Margaret Sanger, liberalism’s iconic racial eugenicist. Celebrating her award at the National Press Club, Steinem said she hoped Obama’s action would be “honoring the work of Margaret Sanger.” It indeed has done just that. Margaret Sanger longed for a more enlightened time when birth control would be (as she put it) “part of the regular welfare service of the government.” In this, she was inspired by Stalin’s Soviet Union — literally.

CDC: 62 Percent Of HIV-
Positive Men Have Unprotected Sex
CBS [Atlanta], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/3/2013 11:45:56 AM     Post Reply
Data released last week found that 62 percent of American men who self-reported being HIV-positive said they had unprotected anal sex with a male partner in the last 12 months. The Centers for Disease Control report, “HIV Testing and Risk Behaviors Among Gay, Bisexual and Other Men who have Sex with Men,” noted that the population of men having sex with men (MSM) is a small proportion of the US population; however, this group represents the majority of people diagnosed with HIV.

Rogers: WH wouldn’t brief us on
Healthcare.gov security gaps –
even in closed session
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 11:31:08 AM     Post Reply
Rep. Mike Rogers provides a cheery thought on personal security as the White House gears up to sell ObamaCare all over again. Last night, he told Greta van Susteren that data security on Healthcare.gov didn’t even meet “minimal standards” for the industry. In terms of the “private-sector velocity and efficiency” claimed by the Obama administration over the last couple of days, Rogers says that experts warned him that they would be sued out of business if they rolled out a website with this many security gaps. It’s so bad, Rogers warns, that the White House refused to brief Congress on the

DonorsTrust—The Right´s Dark-
Money ATM—Pumps Out
Record $96 Million
Mother Jones, by Andy Kroll    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/3/2013 11:26:20 AM     Post Reply
DonorsTrust is the conservative movement´s little-known but hugely influential cash machine, a conduit for millions of dollars in anonymous donations to anti-union legal shops, climate change deniers, pro-life advocates, libertarian think tanks, media watchdog groups, and a panoply of other right-leaning causes. Wealthy conservatives use DonorsTrust as a sure-fire way to invest their money, fingerprint-free, with the assurance it will end up in the right hands. According to new tax filings obtained by Mother Jones, DonorsTrust is growing increasingly popular among the bankrollers of the conservative movement. Last year, DonorsTrust (and its sister group, Donors Capital Fund) doled out a

  



Chris Matthews to interview Obama
Politico, by Hadas Gold    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 11:18:29 AM     Post Reply
MSNBC´s Chris Matthews will interview President Barack Obama this Thursday, the network announced Tuesday. The interview is part of Matthews´ "Hardball College Tour," and will take place at American University in Washington, D.C. According to a news release from MSNBC, Matthews, along with university students, will "discuss a variety of topics with the president including voter suppression, healthcare, the decline of confidence in the government and the overall political dysfunction in Washington." On Monday our colleagues Carrie Budoff Brown and Jonathan Allen reported that the White House is launching a coordinated campaign to return attention to why the Affordable Care Act

‘Old war horse’ Rangel runs again
New York Post, by Carl Campanile    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 11:06:56 AM     Post Reply
Veteran Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel is going to seek re-election to a 23rd term to Congress next year, The Post has learned. Rangel, 83, is expected to make an announcement “sooner rather than later,” said Manhattan Democratic Chairman and Harlem Assemblyman Keith Wright. “Congressman Rangel is running. You can’t keep the old war horse down,” said Wright, adding, “I’m with him all the way.” Despite being censured for ethics violations in 2010, Rangel won the Democratic primary in a squeaker in 2012, beating back a strong challenge from state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. The new 13th Congressional District is majority Latino.

Democrats can´t hide from
Obamacare´s middle-class pinch
Washington Examiner, by David Freddoso    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 12/3/2013 11:04:59 AM     Post Reply
“Conservatives are operating on the assumption that [Obamacare is] an irredeemable disaster that they can ride all the way to 2016,” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote on his blog last week, “but the facts on the ground are getting better by the day.” He went on: “Obamacare will turn into a Benghazi-type affair where Republicans are screaming about a scandal nobody else cares about.”

U.S. Chamber cavalry arrives
to help Mitch McConnell
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 10:53:41 AM     Post Reply
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a fight to retain his Kentucky Senate seat, is getting a boost from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the form of a new ad playing up the Republican´s efforts to save the state´s coal industry that´s under fire from President Obama´s environmental regulators. The Chamber on Monday said the ad is part of its voter education campaign. It is the first ad for a friendly senator up for election in 2014. “The people of Kentucky have a true conservative champion for American free enterprise in Senator Mitch McConnell. McConnell has a 92 percent lifetime score

Sen. John Cornyn: Obama & Co.
has ‘taken lying to a new level’
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/3/2013 10:40:38 AM     Post Reply
President Obama and his administrative heads have been covering up details about the attacks that took place on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, leaving four Americans dead, one key senator said this week. “I think the current administration has taken lying to a new level,” said Sen. John Cornyn, Politico reported. Mr. Cornyn, Texas Republican, said the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, under Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, has been trying hard to obtain the truthful details of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack. But it’s hard, he said, when the White House stymies all attempts to

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