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President leads the cheers for himself
New York Post, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/4/2013 1:06:47 PM     Post Reply
Finally, after two months of horror, President Obama heard cheering when he discussed ObamaCare. OK, so the cheering came from members of his own staff, who were assembled in the White House briefing room to hear him speak Tuesday afternoon. But listen, the guy has had a hard time since Oct. 1; he can use all the cheering he can get. The speech was promoted as part of an aggressive new effort to promote ObamaCare following the repairs (far from completed) made to the HealthCare.gov Web site. If that was the intent, it was a colossal failure. The president said nothing — and

Obama: America’s ‘Opportunity
Gap’ as Much ‘About Class as
It Is About Race’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/4/2013 1:03:24 PM     Post Reply
During a lengthy speech before the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama laid out his economic agenda for the coming years, with a focus on income inequality as the “defining challenge of our time.” But the president also acknowledged a shift in the “opportunity gap” in America, which he said is not “as much about class as it is about race.” “The decades-long shifts in the economy have hurt all group,” Obama said. “Poor and middle class, inner city and rural folks, men and women, and Americans of all races.” No longer

Boehner: Amnesty After GOP
Primary Filing Deadlines
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/4/2013 12:50:39 PM     Post Reply
A new report from the Texas-based Quorum Report, published by longtime Texas journalist Harvey Kronberg, says that House Speaker John Boehner plans to push amnesty legislation through the House, after the primary filing deadline for candidates. The move would prevent Tea Party from challenging GOP lawmakers who support amnesty in 2014. Scott Braddock reported on Tuesday that “in recent weeks, various Texas business interests have told Quorum Report that Boehner has been telling them that he will start holding immigration votes not long after the filing deadline has passed.”

  


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Election 2014 GOP strategy memo:
How Republicans can win big
Washington Times, by Eric Golub    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/4/2013 12:42:04 PM     Post Reply
SOUTH FLORIDA — The 2014 midterm elections are less than one year away, and the day after the 2014 elections begins the 2016 presidential election. While the Obama liberal agenda is collapsing, Republicans must not get complacent. The only thing that matters is winning elections and governing. The Super Bowl winner gets a trophy and a parade. The loser gets garbage. Politics is no different. There is winning, and there is garbage. President Obama has used his 2012 election victory to ruthlessly punish those who did not vote for him. He treats half the country like garbage, and the only way

New Benghazi Testimony Confirms
White House Had Time to Respond
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/4/2013 12:26:57 PM     Post Reply
Members of the House Intelligence Committee learned in a closed-door briefing yesterday that more contractors are corroborating the report that the Obama administration had plenty of time to respond to the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic facility. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) called the new information “outstanding testimony.” “And essentially what they were able to prove today, they basically backed up the other contractors who were on the ground in the two previous hearings. So this is an ongoing investigation,” Nunes said Tuesday evening. “And I think they gave us a lot of good leads today and I feel very comfortable

Boehner defends ´do nothing´ House
The Hill (Washington DC), by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 12:20:48 PM     Post Reply
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday defended the legislative record of the House, saying it passed nearly 150 bills aimed at boosting job creation, all of which have been blocked by Senate Democrats. On the House floor, Boehner said House Republicans had passed several bills to ease federal regulations, allow for more energy independence, and scale back or eliminate ObamaCare. He also noted bills aimed at reforming job training programs, boosting protection from cyber attacks, and helping schools recruit and keep good teachers. "Every single one of these bills have been blocked by Washington Democrats," Boehner said. "The Senate and

Networks That Skipped Bashir´s
Gross Attack on Palin Were
Outraged By Limbaugh Fluke Joke
Newsbusters, by Geoffrey Dickens    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 12:04:17 PM     Post Reply
When Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a “slut” the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks went ballistic, making the conservative talk show host a centerpiece in their campaign to tarnish Mitt Romney and the GOP as engaging in a “war on women.” However when MSNBC’s Martin Bashir launched his own war on women against Sarah Palin, not a single anchor or reporter from the Big Three said a word about his vile attack. In the two weeks (February 29, 2012 - March 14, 2012) after Limbaugh made his crude Fluke joke, that he apologized for, the Big Three networks aired

  


  

Meningitis Outbreak at
UC Santa Barbara
ABC News, by SYDNEY LUPKIN    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/4/2013 12:02:10 PM     Post Reply
A fourth student at the University of California Santa Barbara has come down with a strain of meningitis similar to the one that sickened eight Princeton University students in New Jersey, authorities said. The California students began getting sick about three weeks ago, according to a university statement. One student had to have both legs amputated, ABC News has learned. "He´s from my hometown. I hope he is doing well," said David Burkow, another student. "It´s just kind of scary because there is a constant fear." The California school has suspended social events, including sorority and fraternity parties, to avoid

Mother of Sandy Hook Victim:
Background Checks Wouldn´t
Have Prevented Tragedy
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 11:55:31 AM     Post Reply
Nicole Hockley, whose child was tragically murdered at Sandy Hook last year, said that background checks would not have prevented shooter Adam Lanza from getting the guns he used to carry out the atrocities. She also stated that the 911 tapes from that day should not be released. Appearing on MSNBC´s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Tuesday, Hockley and Mitchell both conceded tha background checks would not have prevented Lanza´s mother from purchasing the guns Lanza eventually used at Sandy Hook. Hockley said Lanza´s mother should have been more responsible with her guns and noted that Lanza´s mental illness made the

Fate of Detroit’s Art
Hangs in the Balance
New York Times, by Randy Kennedy    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/4/2013 11:54:25 AM     Post Reply
With a ruling by a federal judge on Tuesday that Detroit is eligible to enter bankruptcy, the fate of the city’s art collection — one of the finest in the country — now moves front and center in the legal battle over the city’s future. But the judge, Steven W. Rhodes, questioned for the first time the push by some of the city’s largest creditors to sell paintings and sculpture from the Detroit Institute of Arts, a sale that could generate hundreds of millions of dollars or more. While he did not say specifically that the art should be spared,

NTSB removes rail employees union
from Metro-North investigation
MidHudson News [Middletown, New York], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/4/2013 11:52:08 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board has removed the Association of Commuter Rail Employees as a participant in its investigation into the December 1 fatal derailment of the Metro-North passenger train in the Bronx that killed four people. Organizations designated as parties to investigations sign an agreement to abide by NTSB rules during an investigation, but on Tuesday, the chairman of the union, Anthony Bottalico, spoke to the media and discussed what he thought happened during the derailment and engineer William Rockefeller. “While we value the technical expertise that groups like ACRE can provide during the course of an investigation, it

  


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´Sea change´: Poll shows young
people skeptical of ObamaCare,
amid Obama outreach
Fox News, by John Roberts    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/4/2013 11:49:45 AM     Post Reply
As the president hosts a White House youth summit, a new poll from his alma mater shows a majority of young people aren´t interested in signing up for his signature health care plan. The Harvard "Millennials" poll found only 22 percent of young Americans -- defined in the survey as between 18 and 29 years old -- plan to sign up for ObamaCare. Even more troubling for the administration, fewer than a third -- only 29 percent -- of people who currently do not have health insurance plan to enroll. "Actuarially, the [Affordable Care Act] depends upon these young Americans

Truck carrying radioactive
material stolen in Mexico
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/4/2013 11:48:00 AM     Post Reply
A truck carrying potentially "extremely dangerous" radioactive material has been stolen in Mexico, the UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday. The International Atomic Energy Agency said the truck was carrying cobalt-60, used for radiotherapy treatment to combat cancer. An IAEA statement Wednesday said the truck was stolen Monday while taking the material to a radioactive waste storage center from the northern city of Tijuana. The IAEA said the heist occurred in Tepojaco, a town near Mexico City, and describes the load as `´extremely dangerous" if damaged or removed from its protective shielding. It said Mexican authorities are searching for the material. The statement provided

GOP 3-D gun ban gives early
Christmas to Obama, Democrats
Canada Free Press, by Neil W. McCabe    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 12/4/2013 11:46:40 AM     Post Reply
The House Republican leadership with its Dec. 3 vote to extend the ban on “undetectable” guns proved again it excels at political cowardice and betrayal of conservatives. Do not bother looking for the roll call of the yeas and nays on the vote, the GOP leaders, working with Democrats, suspended the rules and passed the measure with a voice vote—with maybe 15 actual congressmen on the House floor. In another profile in cowardice, Republicans put up Rep. J. Howard Coble (R.-N.C) to sponsor the bill, H.R. 3626. The 82-year-old congressman announced his retirement a month ago, so let’s just say he took

Lakkis was key figure in
Hezbollah drone program
Daily Star [Lebanon], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/4/2013 11:44:27 AM     Post Reply
BEIRUT: Hassan Lakkis, the Hezbollah commander who was assassinated outside his Beirut home late Tuesday, had played a key role in advancing the group’s technological capabilities in its fight against Israel and had brushes with death on many occasions, sources told The Daily Star Wednesday. “Lakkis was involved in scientific development and played a key role in developing Hezbollah’s unmanned aerial vehicles program,” a source close to the Lebanese group told The Daily Star on condition of anonymity A security source, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said Lakkis was also in charge of smuggling arms to Gaza and Egypt.

  


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Great news: IRS hasn’t got sufficient anti-fraud
protection on ObamaCare systems
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/4/2013 11:43:11 AM     Post Reply
If you liked the security holes in the basic Healthcare.gov system that has experts warning consumers to stay away from the web portal, you’ll love what the IRS will have when their ObamaCare system goes on line. Politico reports that the Inspector General warned in July the IRS that its tax-credit disbursement system was at risk for fraud, and that the agency hadn’t even completed a fraud-mitigation plan: The Internal Revenue Service has successfully finished testing systems to accurately calculate tax credits under Obamacare but needs to improve its controls to avoid problems with fraud as the agency begins doling

Nancy Pelosi Was a Stay-at-Home
Mom, Then She "Got a Life"
Townhall, by Cortney O´Brien    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/4/2013 11:37:34 AM     Post Reply
During Politico’s “Women Rule” event this morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined her daughter Alexandra on stage to discuss her former duties as a full-time mom and eventual road to Congress. Alexandra shared how her mom used to lead carpools, cook and clean all day and even win prizes for her cake baking. Being defined as domestic clearly made the powerful Minority Leader a bit squeamish. “I was a 50s teenager, I wasn’t a 50s housewife.” Despite Pelosi trying to distance herself from her former role, she did in fact do motherly things. Then, she "got a life." The Minority

Zucker opens up
about Bell’s Palsy
Capital [New York], by Alex Weprin and Mike Allen    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/4/2013 11:36:01 AM     Post Reply
Four months into his tenure at CNN, Jeff Zucker woke up in his New York City apartment and realized that he couldn’t move his face. “You wake up and you look in the mirror and your face can´t move and you think you had a stroke, and then you go to the emergency room and they diagnose it,” Zucker told Capital during a wide-ranging interview. Zucker was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy in June, a form of facial paralysis that renders affected people unable to control facial muscles on one side of their face. “It´s definitely better than it was, but

Why Liberalism Is On The
Wrong Side Of History
Townhall, by John Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/4/2013 11:32:08 AM     Post Reply
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." -- C.S. Lewis ”One of the overriding points of Liberal Fascism is that all of the totalitarian ‘isms’ of the left commit the fallacy of the category error. They all want the state to be something it cannot be. They passionately believe the government can love you, that the state can be your God or your church or your tribe or your parent or your village or all of these things at once. Conservatives occasionally make this mistake, libertarians never do, liberals

History Eyes Drama About Jesus’ “Lost
Years” From Eli Roth, Eric Newman &
Scott Kosar That May Involve Exorcism
Deadline Hollywood, by Nellie Andreeeva    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/4/2013 11:30:32 AM     Post Reply
Exclusive: History scored big with its blockbuster The Bible miniseries. Now the cable network is exploring another project about Jesus that would portray him in a more controversial light. I’ve learned that the network is finalizing deals for the project, from feature writer Scott Kosar (The Machinist) and producers Eli Roth (the Hostel franchise) and Eric Newman (The Thing). Titled The Lost Years, the drama explores the undocumented years of Jesus’ life as a young adult. There is very little information about Jesus’ life from about the age of 13, following a pilgrimage to Jerusalem he took with his parents,

  



Obama sets out to save
his legacy -- will it work?
Fox News, by Douglas E. Schoen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/4/2013 11:25:34 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has begun a new 20 day effort to sell the Affordable Care Act. And while his press conference on Tuesday was less defensive and more forward looking than his previous comments, it very much remains to be seen whether this new initiative will help sell the law or assuage very real concerns about its efficacy and viability. Put simply, while the website may be functioning more effectively than it has previously it is by no means clear that the implementation of the law itself will go smoothly. The transfer of information from the site to insurers hasn’t been shown to

Grooming Gangs and Sharia
American Thinker, by Sonia Bailley    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 12/4/2013 11:05:32 AM     Post Reply
Muslims groups around the world are crying Islamophobia and playing the victim card as horrific Islamic-motivated crimes, such as grooming and rape-gangs, rage on with impunity throughout the Western world, especially in Europe. Rape or grooming gangs, which are almost entirely Muslim, are committing a crime that is religiously mandated in Islamic doctrine. Muslim grooming gangs have been operating unchallenged in Europe for over 20 years, especially in the UK, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, and France.

Millennials Abandon Obama
and Obamacare
National Journal, by Ron Fournier    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/4/2013 11:03:50 AM     Post Reply
Young Americans are turning against Barack Obama and Obamacare, according to a new survey of millennials, people between the ages of 18 and 29 who are vital to the fortunes of the president and his signature health care law. The most startling finding of Harvard University´s Institute of Politics: A majority of Americans under age 25--the youngest millennials--would favor throwing Obama out of office. The survey, part of a unique 13-year study of the attitudes of young adults, finds that America´s rising generation is worried about its future, disillusioned with the U.S. political system, strongly opposed to the government´s domestic surveillance apparatus,

Hezbollah says commander killed
in Beirut, blames Israel
Reuters, by YASSER OKBI    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/4/2013 11:01:33 AM     Post Reply
Lebanon´s militant Shi´ite group Hezbollah said on Wednesday one of its commanders was killed outside his Beirut home overnight in an attack it blamed on Israel. The group said in a statement that Hassan al-Laqqis, "who served the resistance his entire life," was killed at around midnight in the southern Hadath district of the Lebanese capital. A previously unknown group, Ahrar al-Sunna Baalbek brigade, claimed responsibility for the attack in a message on Twitter. The group´s name suggested it had Lebanese Sunni Muslim links. Al-Laqqis was on his way home when he was killed, the official Hezbollah television station Al-Manar said. It

CNN expects a big news update as Jeff
Zucker tests now hosts and programs
New York Daily News, by Don Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/4/2013 11:01:27 AM     Post Reply
No one is safe. CNN boss Jeff Zucker is a step closer to shaking up HLN, the cable news network’s sister channel, sources tell The News. While Zucker has remained elusive about changes in mind for HLN, a source close to the situation tells The News that “nothing is off the table.” That includes possibly dumping firebrand Nancy Grace, whose acerbic personality was a huge part of last winter’s highly rated coverage of the Jodi Arias murder trial. In September, Zucker tapped cable veteran Albie Hecht to run HLN. Hecht, who has no real background in news, has specialized in entertainment programming at the

Reid: Boehner will
´cave in´ on immigration
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/4/2013 10:59:31 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will “cave in” on immigration reform, expressing confidence that a proposal will pass the House sometime next year. Reid on Tuesday said Republicans would sign on to a deal if they ever want to see a GOP president again. “If the Republicans ever want to elect a Republican president again, they’re going to have to get right with the Hispanic and Asian community who, by more than 70 percent, voted for Obama last time,” Reid told the Las Vegas Sun. Reid argued many GOP House members do not care

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