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Administration close to finalizing rule
to give wind farms a pass on killing eagles
for decades
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: charliecoconut- 12/6/2013 5:41:40 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is moving toward finalizing a rule that would give alternative energy farms a pass for killing bald and golden eagles for decades, just weeks after it took legal action for the first time against a company for doing so. The rule by the Interior Department extends the length of the permits that allow farms to unintentionally kill the eagles without penalty from five to 30 years, according to department records. The rule authorizes the “non-purposeful” killing of eagles, but also will require farms to implement certain guidelines to help with eagle conservation.

Can Obama unilaterally ban deportations?
Los Angeles Times, by Karthick Ramakrishnan*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 5:41:07 AM     Post Reply
Last month in San Francisco, President Obama called on Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. His speech was novel in many respects: The president used the backdrop of a community center in Chinatown to remind voters that immigrants are racially diverse. Also, for the first time in prepared remarks, the president signaled that he would consider a piecemeal approach to immigration reform long favored by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. What got the most attention, however, was an unscripted exchange between Obama and Ju Hong, an undocumented UC Berkeley graduate who interrupted the president, calling on him to use

It´s a winter mess from the
Southwest to the Northeast
CNN, by Ed Payne    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 5:31:22 AM     Post Reply
No matter how you spell it, ice is a four letter word Friday. Just ask folks living anywhere from Texas to Tennessee. Those areas are in the bulls eye of a treacherous ice storm, threatening to coat everything in its path with up to an inch of frozen water. Ice is slippery, but also heavy. It tends to bring down tree limbs and power lines when accumulations get thick. In Tennessee, Memphis Light, Gas and Water has 426,000 customers and is ready for the worst. "MLGW employees have been monitoring this winter storm situation and we have all of our



Dirty Pool
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/6/2013 5:25:51 AM     Post Reply
It was a sunny day in Beijing on Thursday—refreshingly sunny, to be more precise—when Vice President Joe Biden met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. I know this because I have read the pool report of the occasion, a pithy and practically content-free piece of journalism that is nevertheless one of the more entertaining things to enter my inbox in recent days. The pool report confirms the lingering suspicion—if it hasn’t been confirmed a million times already—that the line between journalism and Democratic Party cheerleading has more than faded. It has become invisible. Pool reports are summaries of official events distributed to reporters,

Dozens of Russian Diplomats Charged
With Defrauding Medicaid
Atlantic Wire, by Danielle Weiner Bronner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 5:18:03 AM     Post Reply
U.S. authorities have charged 49 Russian diplomats and their spouses with conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, alleging that they stole $1.5 million from the American government via a years-long Medicaid scam. According to a criminal complaint made public today, the former and current diplomats lied about their income and citizenship status in order to qualify for the health benefits, which they used towards pregnancy care, births, and post-natal medical needs. They were also charged with conspiracy to steal government funds and make false statements relating to health care matters, reports the Associated Press. The complaint notes that medical costs associated with

Dear Barack
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 5:14:32 AM     Post Reply
Seduced and then disappointed by a hipster who turned out just to be another solipsistic boomer, now chastened yet still hopeful for change (if no longer swept away by the promise of Hope and Change), young Americans are ready to ditch Barack Obama. Things had been getting rocky for a while, but seeing the dawning of the Age of Obamacare in its full glory seems to have been the final indignity. The young will of course never acknowledge that maybe their old-fogey parents were right all along, but they do understand that what they thought was going to be a

Prisoner No. 46664 & The
Power Of Forgiveness
American Conservative, by Rod Dreher    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 5:11:00 AM     Post Reply
John Dramani Mahama, who was in the African National Congress with Nelson Mandela, remembers what it was like when Prisoner No. 46664 came out of jail: Freedom on the African continent was a reality for which we were willing to fight. Nevertheless, I think we’d resigned ourselves to the likelihood that Mandela would remain a prisoner until his death, and South Africans would not experience equality until well after our lifetimes. Then on Feb. 11, 1990, the miraculous happened; Mandela was released. The world was spellbound. We wondered what we would do if we were in his shoes. We all waited for



Can a Minimum-Wage Hike
Really Motivate Voters?
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 5:08:26 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s message for the coming year is going to be a renewed focus on “income inequality.” Or as Bloomberg News puts it: Obama Decries Income Gap That Has Widened on His Watch. One of the president’s agenda items on this is raising the minimum wage. President Obama backs a proposal from Democratic members of Congress to raise it to $10.10 per hour. On that front, fast-food workers around the country are walking out on the job and holding protests today, with one Detroit fast-food employee arguing his $7.40 per hour constituted “slave wages.” Rallies and protests are scheduled in

Obamacare Is Costing Democrats
the White Women They´ll
Need at the Ballot Box
National Journal, by Alex Roarty    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 4:58:17 AM     Post Reply
It’s not the voters who hate Obamacare the most who are going to matter in next year’s elections. It’s the independents who frequently side with Democrats but could, if propelled by a distaste for the health care law, take a serious look at the GOP in 2014. And on this front, Democrats have a big problem with one of their most crucial constituencies—white women. Polling provided to National Journal by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that white women have soured considerably on the law, especially in the month since its botched rollout. The skepticism runs especially deep among blue-collar women,

The logic behind the world´s
4 weirdest strategic reserves
The Week, by John Aziz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/6/2013 4:49:07 AM     Post Reply
W hen unexpected events happen — be they natural disasters or terrorist attacks — the consequences can be dire. As a result, governments have gone to great lengths to prepare for the unexpected as best they can, stockpiling scarce resources in case supplies get cut off. The most famous example is the United States’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). With a capacity of 727 million barrels of oil, the SPR is the largest stockpile of government-owned emergency crude oil in the world. Established in the aftermath of the 1973-74 oil embargo, the SPR is meant to offset a potential disruption in commercial oil

ObamaCare’s millennial disaster
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/6/2013 4:43:35 AM     Post Reply
When Barack Obama was catapulted into the Oval Office in 2008, it was with the help of millennials who turned out in record numbers and voted for him two-to-one over the GOP’s John McCain. Now his signature issue — ObamaCare — is in deep trouble. Once again, he is looking to America’s young to come through for him. Once again too, he’s relying on a campaign of speeches and public appearances to get them to do so. But in sharp contrast to 2008, he’s making his new appeal to a much more jaded demographic. According to a Harvard University poll released this



Comprehensively Yours
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 4:40:43 AM     Post Reply
Some years back, I was having a discussion with several of my liberal friends, who asked what my objection to their ideology was. My answer was simple: because liberalism (or “progressivism,” as they now prefer), when taken to its nth degree, must and does end in fascism.(Snip)Now, five years later, we’re getting a pretty good idea of what that “fundamental transformation” entails: the remaking of the U.S. into a nation of billionaires and beggars, of “public servants” and supplicants, of an imperial capital in the reign of the Emperor Hussein and a threadbare, exploited heartland, which exists at the sufferance

Wow: Obama down 23 points
among Latinos in 2013
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 4:34:48 AM     Post Reply
Not the only interesting result here — Gallup’s also picking up the trend of millennials abandoning The One — but after so much post-election heavy breathing about his advantage with Latinos and how the GOP can win them back, it’s obviously the showstopper. (Snip for graphic)The glass-half-full read: This is proof positive that Democrats do not, in fact, own the Latino vote. They can blow it, and to some extent may already have. But then, we already knew that from previous Gallup polls. Back in August, they noted that O’s job approval among Latinos was conspicuously volatile, soaring to 80

Israel´s Kill List
Foreign Policy Magazine, by Ronen Bergman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/6/2013 4:29:48 AM     Post Reply
"There´ll be a summit conference in the sky," smiled an Israeli intelligence official Wednesday morning when he learned of the assassination of Hassan Lakkis, the Hezbollah commander in charge of weapons development and advanced technological warfare, in a Beirut suburb around midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The killing of Lakkis is yet another in the latest in a long series of assassinations of leading figures in what Israeli intelligence calls the "Radical Front," which comprises two countries -- Syria and Iran -- and three organizations: Hezbollah, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Hamas. "We´re talking about a number of organizations and people

Team Obama´s ´quiet diplomacy´ efforts =
public betrayal of Pastor Saeed Abedini
Fox News, by Jay Sekulow    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/6/2013 4:26:59 AM     Post Reply
Amid growing outrage at the Obama administration’s determination to strike a deal with jihadist Iran that not only allows Iran to enrich uranium but also permits it to continue imprisoning and torturing American citizens, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke up to defend his State Department’s diplomacy. During a press availability at NATO headquarters, Secretary Kerry said this regarding Obama administration efforts to free Americans held captive overseas, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen held in Iran simply because of his Christian faith: One day is too long to be in captivity, and one day for any American citizen is more



Cold, Cold War: Putin Talks
Tough Over US Arctic Rivalry
ABC News, by Rebecca Bluitt    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/6/2013 4:22:09 AM     Post Reply
Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week that U.S. military capabilities in the Arctic Circle leave his government little choice but to maintain a strong foothold in the frigid north, where tensions between the former Cold War adversaries in recent years have heated up as the polar ice thawed. During a meeting with students in Moscow on Tuesday, Putin was asked whether Russia and other countries might loosen their grip on Arctic territory for military exercises and exploitation of natural resources in favor of environmental preservation. The Russian leader replied that the United States hasn´t slipped off the ice shelf and implied

Turning the Dead Into Diamonds
ABC News, by Sunaina Rajani    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/6/2013 4:19:52 AM     Post Reply
It may sound a bit dark, but it’s now possible to transform the ashes of the cremated deceased into a diamond–a jewel truly to remember. Using “Russian technology,” Algordanza Memorial Diamonds are created in a similar fashion to the way natural diamonds are formed. Here’s how it works: a diamond is composed of pressurized carbons. Conveniently enough, human bodies are about 18 percent carbon. Using about a pound of ashes, the firm is able to distill out the carbon and use it to form a man-made diamond in a mold under high pressure in about a week. The diamonds created this

Solid November jobs report could
give economy jolt
Associated Press, by Josh Boak    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 12/6/2013 3:57:32 AM     Post Reply
A fourth straight month of solid hiring in November could give the U.S. economy a jolt and signal that the job market may finally be gathering momentum. Economists are forecasting that employers added 180,000 jobs last month, according to a survey by FactSet. That would follow October´s robust gain of 204,000. And it would keep the average monthly gain for the past four months at around 200,000. The unemployment rate is expected to fall back to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent. That would match a five-year low reached in September. Still, the rate remains above historically healthy levels of between

Activists encourage Obama
to circumvent Congress,
use more executive authority
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/5/2013 11:12:16 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s repeated use of presidential powers is causing a tough problem — his own supporters now expect him to use it to achieve everything they want. From immigration to the minimum wage, congressional Democrats and liberal activists this week urged Mr. Obama to declare an end run around Capitol Hill, assert executive authority and make as much progress as he can on the expansive agenda he laid out for his second term. A day after Mr. Obama denounced income inequality, progressive lawmakers said he should take the lead by issuing an executive order requiring all federal contractors to pay

Woe to U.S. allies
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/5/2013 11:08:28 PM     Post Reply
Three crises, one president, many bewildered friends. The first crisis, barely noticed here, is Ukraine’s sudden turn away from Europe and back to the Russian embrace. After years of negotiations for a major trading agreement with the European Union, Ukraine succumbed to characteristically blunt and brutal economic threats from Russia and abruptly walked away. Ukraine is instead considering joining the Moscow-centered Customs Union with Russia’s fellow dictatorships Belarus and Kazakhstan. This is no trivial matter. Ukraine is not just the largest European country, it’s the linchpin for Vladimir Putin’s dream of a renewed imperial Russia, hegemonic in its neighborhood and


Why Hillary Will Lose Again
FrontPage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 12/5/2013 11:06:49 PM     Post Reply
Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with

Mandela’s cause shaped
Obama’s political awakening
Washington Post, by Scott Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/5/2013 11:06:27 PM     Post Reply
Entering his sophomore year at Occidental College, Barack Obama sought a political movement to match his personal awakening, which he signaled to friends and family at the time by reclaiming his African first name. Barry became Barack that year. He had read Du Bois, Fanon, Malcolm X — an array of authors writing about the black struggle for liberation in his country and in others shaking off the legacy of colonial rule around the world. That is where he looked for — and found — a figure and a cause to channel his rising political enthusiasm: Nelson Mandela, then imprisoned

Growth and Jobs Emerge As the
Defining Challenge Facing President Obama
New York Sun, by Larry Kudlow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/5/2013 11:06:06 PM     Post Reply
Either President Obama needs a new speechwriter, or he needs a new set of economic policies. Actually, he needs both. Can anyone think of a more boring, banal, irrelevant, or stale speech than the one he gave this Thursday in Washington DC? The speech was allegedly on the economy, but more likely it was to divert attention from the Obamacare catastrophe. Whatever the motive, his idea that the defining challenge of our time is to reduce income inequality is completely wrong. In truth, the defining challenge is to restore more rapid economic growth, create substantially more jobs, and significantly reduce

Elizabeth Warren threatens companies she
suspects of funding public criticism of her
Washington Examiner [DC], by Timothy P. Carney    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/5/2013 10:56:15 PM     Post Reply
I´m generally for more disclosure in campaign finance, but the best argument against requiring full disclosure by groups engaged in political speech is that politicians sometimes retaliate against their critics. Sen. Elizabeth Warren inadvertently made that very argument this week. As told by Ben White at Politico, a group called "Third Way" criticized Warren. Warren apparently suspected that Third Way´s criticism of her was funded by banks. So she wrote a letter to bank CEOs demanding they disclose which political groups they´re funding. Warren sits on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. She´s basically telling the entities

Flashback: Obama Praises 3 ´Coequal
Branches´ of Gov’t, Preventing Tyranny
Cybercast News Service, by Penny Starr    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/5/2013 10:55:59 PM     Post Reply
In his book “The Audacity of Hope,” President Barack Obama praised the Constitution and the federalism it enshrines, including the “three coequal” branches of government and checks on power that “prevent tyranny by either the few or the many." “The outlines of Madison’s constitutional architecture are so familiar that even schoolchildren can recite them: not only rule of law and representative government, not just a bill of rights, but also the separation of the national government into three coequal branches, a bicameral Congress, and a concept of federalism that preserved authority in state governments, all of it designed to diffuse

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