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We Bet You Haven´t Heard
This About Obamacare
Heritage, by Amy Payne    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/5/2013 7:55:35 AM     Post Reply
Another push is underway to raise the minimum wage. But what you probably haven’t heard is that Obamacare has already done that. The plan on the table in Congress would raise the federal minimum wage above $10 an hour (which is higher than all existing state rates). Obamacare’s mandate on employers, however, is already scheduled to raise the hourly cost of hiring a full-time worker past $10 an hour. The idea behind a minimum wage is to help low-income workers. But Obamacare’s mandates will hurt the job prospects of these very workers—and raising the federal minimum wage would further limit the

Union head opposes Detroit
selling art to pay off debts
Washington Examiner [DC], by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/5/2013 7:52:21 AM     Post Reply
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said she was opposed to Detroit selling off its renowned museum art collection, which is valued at $1 billion to $2 billion, to help pay down the bankrupt city´s estimated $18 billion in debt. She said the collection should be kept since it would be a cultural boon to the city once it does recover. "Detroit can be a jewel (again) in that state. I would caution against selling the kind of assets that that art collection is," she told the Washington Examiner during a Wednesday morning breakfast with reporters hosted by

Greg Abbott, Wendy Davis split over
approach to federal government
Morning News [Dallas, TX], by Gromer Jeffers, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2013 7:46:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — For the past decade, Texas has been at war with Washington. Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott have fought the federal government on health care, voting rights and environmental regulations. On spending, new programs and regulations, federal officials have been hard-pressed to find friendly ears in the Lone Star State. Now, with Perry fading from the state’s political scene, the 2014 contest for governor could determine whether Texas takes a different approach to the White House and the federal government. Abbott, the likely Republican contender for governor, promises much of the same, saying he would make



Detroit-Purchased Art Collection
Worth Up to $866 Million
Wall Street Journal, by Matthew Dolan    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/5/2013 7:41:30 AM     Post Reply
DETROIT—Artwork purchased with city funds for the Detroit Institute of Arts is worth up to $866 million, according to Christie´s auction house, a figure that could heighten debate over the museum´s future amid the city´s historic bankruptcy case. On Tuesday, Detroit was declared eligible for the largest-ever municipal bankruptcy, clearing an important hurdle for the cash-poor city to restructure billions of dollars in debt. The case is being closely watched by art lovers, who fear the city might be forced to sell its rich collection at the Detroit Institute of Artsto help pay creditors. Two of the museum´s most famous works—van Gogh´s

Obama´s Plan to
Snatch Your Savings
American Thinker, by Jeffrey Folks    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/5/2013 7:03:35 AM     Post Reply
In his first term, Obama managed to get his paws on health care, banking, energy, student loans, the auto business, and more. Now he has his sights set on your 401(k). The left has had its eye on retirement savings for years, but so far takeover attempts have been rebuffed. (snip)Once it is established that mutual funds pose a risk to financial stability, government will likely proceed on its merry way, with thousands of pages of regulations bringing those funds, and the savings they manage, under the thumb of government. It is only a short step from regulation to appropriation,

Catch the Wave
PJ Media, by Stephen Green    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/5/2013 7:00:34 AM     Post Reply
The big talk is just how many seats will the GOP pick up in the Senate next year, and we’ve spent a lot of time right here talking about just that. But how about the House? We do still have a bicameral legislature, even if it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell them apart. The House is in the strange place where although it’s almost universally reviled, not much is going to change. Yes, gerrymandering is a part of that, but it isn’t the whole story. People are fed up with Congress generally, but with ObamaCare specifically and increasingly. To punish the

The Young Aren´t So Dumb After All
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: RustMB- 12/5/2013 6:58:48 AM     Post Reply
Millennials: Having failed to convince the public that ObamaCare is a good thing, President Obama on Wednesday tried selling his snake oil to young people. Turns out they aren´t buying it, either — nor should they. Despite the administration spending a fortune promoting ObamaCare, enlisting celebrities to endorse it, and telling moms to get their kids to sign up, most young people disapprove of the law. A Harvard University Institute of Politics survey of 18- to 29-year-olds found that 57% oppose ObamaCare. More than half think it will increase their costs, and a plurality (40%) believe it will hurt the quality of



NSA ´tracks mobile phones
around the world´
Telegraph [UK], by Hayley Dixon    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/5/2013 6:43:16 AM     Post Reply
America´s National Security Agency is tracking mobile phones around the world, according to the latest leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden. Almost five billion records a day are being gathered which allow intelligence officials to track individuals and map their relationships in ways previously unimaginable, the classified documents suggest. [Snip] The location data comes from tapping into cables connecting mobile phone networks around the world, it is said. Analysts are able to locate a mobile phone and then retrace the owner’s movements, exposing their connections to others, it is claimed. The NSA said that they do not intend to target the

Theresa May to challenge EU
over free movement rules
Daily Express [UK], by Benjamin Russell    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/5/2013 6:37:54 AM     Post Reply
The Home Secretary is to challenge her European counterparts to change the way free movement rules work across the region at a meeting in Brussels. Theresa May will tell justice and home affairs ministers of fellow European Union member states the UK is frustrated by the European Commission´s failure to tackle free movement abuse. Ahead of the meeting, Mrs May discussed measures to tackle this abuse such as applying a cap on numbers if European immigration reaches certain thresholds. Her comments come after David Cameron unveiled measures to deter immigrants from within the EU but also suggested in the future, labour movement

Prosecutor: Sex investigation
of FSU´s Jameis Winston over
Associated Press, by Gary Fineout    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 12/5/2013 6:36:18 AM     Post Reply
The prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said Wednesday that it is completed. State Attorney Willie Meggs has scheduled a news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday in his office to announce his findings. Meggs said investigators have learned as much as they can about the December 2012 incident. "We think we have exhausted all investigative tools," he said. Winston has led the Seminoles to the No. 1 ranking, and they will play for a conference title Saturday, with a shot at the national crown. The quarterback also is the leading candidate for the

Biden: US and China in
´very direct´ air zone talks
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/5/2013 6:33:05 AM     Post Reply
The US and China have had "very direct" talks about concerns over China´s new air defence identification zone, US Vice-President Joe Biden said. Speaking after meetings with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Mr Biden said the zone had caused "apprehension" in Asia. Talks in Mr Biden´s Asia trip have been dominated by a new air zone declared by China, which covers islands controlled by Japan in the East China Sea. China says its move is consistent with "international law and practice". China announced a new Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) last month, and said aircraft flying through the zone must follow



The Truth About Obama-Era Inequality
Daily Beast, by Stuart Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/5/2013 6:30:38 AM     Post Reply
The president calls income inequality the ‘defining issue of our time.’ So it seems fair to grade him on his success at addressing it. By any measure, he has failed spectacularly. Maybe it’s the Christmas season. But when December rolls around, President Obama’s thoughts seem to turn to income inequality. On December 6, 2011, he gave what the White House billed as a “defining” speech on the subject in Osawatomie, Kansas, site of a historic address by Teddy Roosevelt on “New Nationalism.” In the 2011 speech, Obama began by painting a portrait of the 1950s and 1960s as an ideal period in American

In Obama’s Book List,
Glimpses of His Journey
New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2013 6:30:00 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Obama has never visited the rugged mountains of Chechnya, but if he digs into one of the novels he bought last weekend, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” he will be transported to a land of unremitting violence and tragedy, where the innocent are caught up in war as often as the guilty. Perhaps Mr. Obama is seeking a deeper understanding of the roots of the ethnic bloodletting after Chechnya vaulted back to the front pages this year with the Boston Marathon bombings. Or perhaps he is thinking about his troubled relationship with Russia. Either way, the novel

´I´m sorry I broke a bauble and
here is the money to pay for it´:
Girl, five, sends cute letter to
JohnLewis as she confesses to
breaking Christmas decoration
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/5/2013 6:24:03 AM     Post Reply
It is a story as heart-warming of one of their Christmas adverts. John Lewis has launched an appeal to find the five-year-old girl who wrote them a letter saying sorry for breaking a bauble. Known only as Faith, the girl sent a handwritten apology to her local store after she said she accidentally broke the decoration on a visit to the shop. Faith even attached two pound coins to the note, apologising for the damage she caused at the Cambridge branch of the department store. The letter arrived there after being posted to the ‘Christmas Department’ soon after her visit.

IRS lawyer at the center of
tea-party targeting scandal told
Congress ´I don´t recall´ –
a whopping 80 times!
Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2013 6:23:34 AM     Post Reply
A top lawyer at the Internal Revenue Service told congressmen quizzing him over the tea party targeting scandal ´I don´t recall´ a ´staggering 80 times in fill or partial response to the committees questions´, a letter revealed today. The letter was sent to Chief counsel William Wilkins by two powerful House Republicans who gave him until December 10 to ´amend´ his statements. The stinging letter from House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Darrell Issa and regulatory subcommittee chair Rep. Jim Jordan, read: ´Your memory consistently failed when you were asked about information you shared with the Treasury Department´, adding his testimony



Why is Obama Disowning His Relatives?
American Thinker, by Jack Cashill    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2013 6:10:41 AM     Post Reply
The headline of the Boston Globe story reads, "Judge says Obama´s uncle can stay in US." Although the uncle in question, Onyango Obama (Onyango going forward), is the second illegal alien in the Obama family to get his green card, there is a more interesting story buried in the text than the likely political favoritism shown these law-breaking Obama kin. Onyango claimed that Obama lived with him for three weeks at his Cambridge apartment when he attended Harvard Law School. A friend of Onyango´s verified the claim. Last year, however, the White House claimed that Barack Obama had never met

Politico Under Fire Over
Alleged Payola Scandal
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2013 6:06:31 AM     Post Reply
Late last month Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple pretty much caught Politico reporter Mike Allen in what is known as "payola" or "pay-for-play" or, if you want to be generous, "native advertising." Either way, Wemple made a very convincing case that in his widely disseminated Politico Playbook email newsletter, Allen is allegedly giving paying advertisers the additional bonus of positive coverage and publicity boosts disguised as news. If true, this would of course be highly unethical. New York Magazine´s Jonathan Chait believes Wemple´s report should have been a "career-ending revelation" for Allen. Andrew Sullivan described it as "whoredom."

Britain battered by 114mph Arctic storms: Lorry
driver killed and 20,000 homes left without
power as hurricane-force gusts cause
worst coastal surges for SIXTY YEARS
Daily Mail [UK], by Mark Duell, Sam Webb    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/5/2013 6:00:10 AM     Post Reply
The most serious coastal tidal surge for 60 years was predicted today as 114mph winds battered Britain, 20,000 homes were left without power and meteorologists warned lives were at risk. Forecasters fear the worst is yet to come during tonight’s high tide at around 10pm as the strong winds and high volumes of water combine to form a ‘tidal surge’ towards the north east coast. Sea levels could be as high as those during the floods of 1953 that left 307 dead. A lorry driver died today and four other people were injured after an HGV was blown over in

The Impenetrable Beltway Bubble
American Spectator, by G. Tracy Mehan, III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2013 5:45:10 AM     Post Reply
I do my fair share of carping about Washington’s “elites,” say, for their free-spending ways or their reckless adventurism abroad. That said, when I speak to family and friends back in the Heartland, I usually dissent from at least some of the common epithets thrown at the inhabitants of the Beltway who claim to govern America. “Stupid,” “dumb,” “idiots,” and sometimes “clueless” are the typical pejoratives used. From my perspective only the last one is accurate. The denizens of Washington may live in an impenetrable bubble, but they are actually quite smart, well educated, top of their class, and… clueless

Britain´s baby boomer generation
suffering ill-effects of years of hard living
Telegraph [UK], by Laura Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/5/2013 5:41:04 AM     Post Reply
Britain´s baby boomer generation is suffering the toll of decades of high-living, according to official figures which show alcohol-related hospital admissions among those in their 60s have tripled in a decade. The statistics show that among those aged 45 and above, the numbers admitted to hospital as a result of drinking have more than doubled in a decade. [Snip] The figures, from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, disclose a dramatic increase in liver disease and drunkenness among the middle aged over the last decade. Last night, liver experts said older generations were suffering “frightening” consequences of an era


Travelers left $500,000 in spare change
in airport security bins in 2012
New York Daily News, by Adam Edelman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2013 5:33:39 AM     Post Reply
Frequent flyers left behind more than $500,000 at airport security checkpoints in 2012 — and now that huge chunk of money could find its way to deserving troops’ wallets. The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to pass a bill that donates to the United Service Organizations the combined loose change that travelers across the country forget to retrieve from airport security bins. The USO is a nonprofit benefitting members of the U.S. military and their families. While flyers usually remember to retrieve their computers, belts and other items required to be placed in bins before going through metal detectors at

Extremists in our midst
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/5/2013 5:33:07 AM     Post Reply
Days after the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby this year, the Prime Minister established an Extremism Task Force to advise on how best to stop the spread of terrorist ideology. The recommendations contained in its report, published yesterday, were a mix of the familiar and the obvious, though none would appear to address the biggest problem of all--what to do about the hundreds of jihadists who have fought in Syria and who will be returning to the UK if they survive the conflict. The security agencies think that as many as 300 British passport holders have joined the array of

Alison Lundergan Grimes Stole
Her Family’s ‘Favorite Recipes’
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/5/2013 5:23:29 AM     Post Reply
Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes appears to have stolen her family’s “favorite recipes” she posted on her campaign website, when commemorating Thanksgiving last week. The Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) displayed recipes for a “cranberry-pineapple salad” and a “sweet potato casserole,” both of which were “near-exact copies” of recipes online. The Hill reports: Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’s family recipes, posted on her website on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday, appear to be lifted from other websites. One, for cranberry-pineapple salad, is a near-exact copy of a Kraft recipe for “Festive Cranberry-Pineapple Salad,” as posted to

George H.W. Bush Wore Socks With His
Face On Them and It was Glorious
Atlantic, by Alexander Abad-Santos    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/5/2013 5:16:39 AM     Post Reply
George H.W. Bush´s legacy and greatest contribution to the American people may be his socks. And years from now, when the human race is enslaved by an alien race and hope dims, someone will look back on December 3, 2013 — the day the 41st president of the United States of America wore socks with his face emblazoned on them. Bush donned these magic socks on Tuesday when he accepted the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation award in Houston for his public service and government career. Bush´s sartorial sock choice have been an object of fascination for the media. They´re some

Global-warming ‘proof’ is evaporating
New York Post, by Michael Fumento    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/5/2013 5:11:10 AM     Post Reply
The 2013 hurricane season just ended as one of the five quietest years since 1960. But don’t expect anyone who pointed to last year’s hurricanes as “proof” of the need to act against global warming to apologize; the warmists don’t work that way. Warmist claims of a severe increase in hurricane activity go back to 2005 and Hurricane Katrina. The cover of Al Gore’s 2009 book, “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis,” even features a satellite image of the globe with four major hurricanes superimposed. Yet the evidence to the contrary was there all along. Back in 2005 I

HuffPo Doubles Down on a Hoax
National Review Online, by David French    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/5/2013 5:06:26 AM     Post Reply
The proper thing to do after inadvertently publishing a hoax is to apologize. These things happen, after all. Publishers are not omniscient and mistakes can be made. Apologize, seek forgiveness, and then take steps to prevent future mistakes. It’s simple, really. But — apparently — not simple enough for the Huffington Post. As I pointed out yesterday, HuffPo published an essay entitled “Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, Poverty Thoughts” — an essay that purports to describe one woman’s experience with poverty. The essay went viral, and the response was so overwhelming that the author set up a gofundme page and raised

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