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Uh oh: House Democrats
ready to blow up Obama’s
nuclear deal with Iran?
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 4:57:08 AM     Post Reply
The problem with O asking them to eat one crap sandwich after another on ObamaCare is that eventually there’s no room for dessert. They abandoned him when he asked for congressional approval to bomb Assad. They’re not going to abandon him on this too. Are they? The worry is that Dem Rep. Steny Hoyer, the number two House Dem, may join with GOP Rep. Eric Cantor on a resolution or bill that will either criticize the current temporary deal with Iran, or call for a new round of sanctions, or set as U.S. policy some strict parameters on a final deal with

7 Nelson Mandela Quotes You
Probably Won’t See In The U.S. Media
Buzzfeed, by Andrew Kaczynski    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/7/2013 4:56:06 AM     Post Reply
7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a

Can Democrats Recover From
the Obamacare Catastrophe?
National Journal, by Charlie Cook    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 4:51:40 AM     Post Reply
Most graphs of polling data show shifts that are very gradual. (Tracking real-time changes in poll results often is about as exciting as watching paint dry.) Recently, however, the HuffPost Pollster website produced a graph of national polling on Congress that showed one of the most dramatic shifts I´ve ever seen in 40 years of involvement in politics. It charts responses to the question of whether voters would like Republicans or Democrats to control the House. The year began with Democrats 8 points ahead of Republicans on the generic congressional ballot test, 46 percent to 38 percent. The GOP had come

  


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Football: A Waste of Taxpayers’ Money
Time, by Nick Gillespie    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 4:48:54 AM     Post Reply
As we enter the drama-filled final week of the regular college football season and the final month of the National Football League’s schedule, forget about GM and Chrysler, Solyndra, or even cowboy poetry readings. Fact is, nothing is more profitable, more popular, and more on the public teat than good old American football. That’s right. You, dear taxpayer, are footing the bill for football through an outrageous series of giveaways to billionaire team owners and public universities that put pigskin before sheepskin. It’s just not right when governments shovel tax dollars at favored companies or special interests, even when those firms

Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett
worth $12 million, appraiser says
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/7/2013 4:46:32 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES – An Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett currently held by actor Ryan O´Neal is worth an estimated $12 million, an appraiser told a jury Friday. New York art appraiser Lee Drexler testified in a lawsuit by the University of Texas at Austin against the actor in which the school is seeking to gain possession of the Fawcett portrait for its art museum. O´Neal contends the artwork was given to him as a gift by Warhol and did not belong to Fawcett when she died in 2009. The "Charlie´s Angels" star left all her artwork to the university; her gift

DC Mayor Compares Lack
of Autonomy to
Struggles of Nelson Mandela
ABC News, by Shushannah Walshe    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/7/2013 4:43:25 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON–D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray compared the District of Columbia’s lack of autonomy and voting rights to the struggles Nelson Mandela endured, explaining Friday that residents connect so much with the South African leader because “we have not achieved full equality in this city.” “When we can’t have the authority to be able to spend our own money, and all our local laws need to go to the national legislative body in order to be approved, when we experience taxation without representation every day, when we don’t have a voting member of the national legislative body, I think the people can

Rappelling Elves Delight
Patients in Indiana Hospital
ABC News, by Sidney Lupkin    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/7/2013 4:38:24 AM     Post Reply
Christmastime can still be magical in the hospital, which the patients of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health learned this week when elves rappelled down the side of the 10-story building. Dressed in pointy shoes and hats and decked out in red and green, the elves suddenly appeared outside patients´ windows to wave and smile. Meanwhile, Santa himself made his way through the inside of the hospital to visit with patients and their families and give out gifts. "Many of our patients can´t be home for the holidays," Melissa Sexton, the hospital´s special events coordinator, said in a statement. "Our

  


  

Dangerous Times: Inspector
Clouseau Brings Peace
American Thinker, by James Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 12/7/2013 3:35:55 AM     Post Reply
A nuclear arms race is now arising in the Middle East, starting with an Iranian nuke, then a Saudi and Egyptian one. Nobody knows the end game. Obama´s biggest legacy may be worldwide instability for years to come. This administration is coming to an end. If you take away its corruption and thuggery, its constant scapegoating, its weird cast of characters, its astronomical spending, its drone killings of terrorists who were supposed to be dead last year, and its healthcare debacle -- everything comes down to imperial overreach.

House to Grill Sebelius on Lack
of Meetings with Obama
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/7/2013 12:08:36 AM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to testify before Congress next Wednesday and will likely be grilled about a shocking Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report that found President Barack Obama has not had a one-on-one meeting with her since Obamacare passed over three years ago. On Friday, the White House and the Health and Human Services Department said Obama and Sebelius meet "regularly," but the only firm date that was given was an alleged meeting between Obama and Sebelius on Thursday, a day after the GAI report was released. Sebelius is scheduled to testify before the House

Mark Levin Unloads on ‘Sick S.O.B.,’
‘Pathetic’ Matthews: ‘He Is
Truly a Deranged Moron!’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/6/2013 10:53:55 PM     Post Reply
Following his lengthy interview with President Obama, Chris Matthews attacked his GOP opponents as less patriotic than Nelson Mandela‘s opponents. Mark Levin took Matthews to the woodshed on Friday for this rather strenuous comparison. Levin said at the outset that Matthews is most assuredly “off his rocker,” and took a shot at the “conga line of freaks” at MSNBC before playing the audio of Matthews attacking Obama’s opponents. Levin called him “one sick S.O.B.” and a “little puke” for having the gall to attack any critics of the president when he and his “left-wing kooks” did everything in their power to

Chinese firm deemed espionage threat
paid U.S. intelligence adviser
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 10:16:05 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- A longtime adviser to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has resigned after the government learned he has worked since 2010 as a paid consultant for Huawei Technologies Ltd., the Chinese technology company the U.S. has condemned as an espionage threat, The Associated Press has learned. Theodore H. Moran, a respected expert on China´s international investment and professor at Georgetown University, had served since 2007 as adviser to the intelligence director´s advisory panel on foreign investment in the United States. Moran also was an adviser to the National Intelligence Council,

  


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North Korea says it has deported
American citizen Merrill Newman
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 10:05:50 PM     Post Reply
DEVELOPING: – An elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month for alleged hostile acts against North Korea has been deported from that country. North Korean state media said Saturday 85-year-old Merrill Newman was released because he had apologized for his alleged crimes during the Korean War and because of his age and medical condition. It was not clear if his confession was coerced. He was taken off a plane Oct. 26 by North Korean authorities while preparing to leave the country after a 10-day tour. Vice President Joe Biden is currently in South Korea on

Rep. Ellison: ´We Demand´ Obama Raise
Minimum Wage by Executive Order
Cybercast News Service, by Craig Bannister    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 10:00:30 PM     Post Reply
At the "Fast Food Forward" protest on Thursday, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) demanded that Pres. Obama sign an executive order bypassing Congress and unilaterally raising the federal minimum wage. Rep. Ellison told the crowd that they should join him in demanding that Pres. Obama skip seeking Congressional approval and raise the minimum wage on his own - and that he sent the president a letter on Wednesday presenting his demand: "We in Congress will try to raise the minimum wage. We got opponents on the other side of the aisle who say that there shouldn´t be no minimum wage. So, we

Peggy Noonan Wants to See ‘Embarrassed’ Obama
Show ‘Humility’ Over Obamacare Failures
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 9:54:43 PM     Post Reply
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan joined WSJ Live host Mary Kissel on Friday where they discussed the ongoing issues associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Noonan said she found the way in which this administration has handled this crisis has been among the “oddest” she’s seen. Noonan added that she would like to see “humility” from President Barack Obama rather than combativeness. Kissel began by asking about the “puzzle” of the president’s response to the crisis surrounding the ACA’s faltering website. “I look at the White House the past two months, I think the president and

State Dept on back foot over
$1 mln sculpture
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/6/2013 9:41:53 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The US State Department on Friday fended off criticism for commissioning a $1 million sculpture for its London embassy, saying it was "a good use of our limited resources." The piece by Irish-born artist Sean Scully was purchased as part of the department´s Art in Embassies program and will be reportedly installed at the new mission due to open in 2017. "This piece was purchased under the market price after considerable negotiation with both the artist and the gallery. This is an important part of our diplomatic presence overseas," deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. Abstract

  


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Jonathan Alter: Let’s Honor Mandela
by Releasing Hundreds of Thousands
of Criminals from Prison
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 9:39:46 PM     Post Reply
Another leftist lets the mask slip. Jonathan Alter believes that violent criminals imprisoned for their crimes are political prisoners. He and Al Sharpton talked to themselves on MSNBC today. Sharpton asked Alter what America might learn from the example of Nelson Mandela. Reasonable answers to this question include but are not limited to: Don’t abuse political power to punish your enemies; don’t hold on to political power forever; choose your wife or husband a bit more carefully; don’t seek to divide when unity serves the nation better. Alter wants America to learn a different lesson. None of the above. Alter

Department of Homeland Security
Stacked With Pro-Amnesty Attorneys
Ahead of Illegal Immigration Fight
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/6/2013 9:32:53 PM     Post Reply
As Congress gets ready to battle on immigration reform next year, it´s important to take a look at who will help enforce and shape any kind of immigration overhaul. Former Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General and radical open borders attorney Tom Perez was safely put into the position of Labor Secretary by President Obama and the Senate earlier this year, knowing the Department of Justice is safely locked down as pro-amnesty. Perez has a long history of advocating not for American workers, but for illegal alien workers and made sure the Department of Justice was stacked with pro-amnesty attorneys

Thousands seek refuge at
Central African airport
Associated Press, by Krista Larson, Lori Hinnant    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/6/2013 9:27:37 PM     Post Reply
BANGUI, Central African Republic — Thousands of Christian civilians sought refuge at an airport guarded by French soldiers Friday, fleeing from the mostly Muslim ex-rebels with machetes and guns who rule the country a day after the worst violence to hit the chaotic capital in nine months. When several French helicopters landed at the airport, people sang with joy as they banged on plastic buckets and waved rags into the air in celebration. Outside the barbed wire fences of the airport, bodies lay decomposing along the roads in a capital too dangerous for many to collect the corpses. Thursday´s clashes

With great power comes
great responsibility
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/6/2013 9:17:50 PM     Post Reply
Charles Krauthammer reminds a dazed American public that the Obama administration is facing not just one, but three simultaneous foreign policy challenges. (Snip) Part of the problem with the administration is that it can’t clear a backlog. Past crises don’t get solved. They get forgotten. Overwritten by the fresh news cycle. The Washington Post reminds its readers that, as we near 2014, the capture of the 2012 Benghazi consulate attackers has stalled. "U.S. officials say efforts have stalled to capture about a dozen people secretly charged in the 2012 attack on the American compound in Benghazi that claimed the lives

For thousands in New Jersey,
still no policy-renewal answers
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Michael Phillis and Lindy Washburn    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/6/2013 9:15:38 PM     Post Reply
Despite the reprieve granted by President Obama, most of the 800,000 people in New Jersey who have been told their health policies can´t be renewed next year still don´t know whether they´ll get to keep their plans when it comes time to renew them in 2014. Insurance Commissioner Kenneth Kobylowski told a state Senate Commerce Committee hearing Thursday that not a single company has committed to renewing the old plans yet. He was invited to testify by state Sen. Nia Gill, the chairwoman of the committee and an Essex Democrat, about his decision last week to let insurance companies decide

  



HHS: Obama, Sebelius Met...
After GAI Report Released
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/6/2013 8:52:48 PM     Post Reply
The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department on Friday claimed that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius meets frequently with President Barack Obama and just had a meeting with him on Thursday, one day after a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Institute revealed that Obama and Sebelius have not had a one-on-one meeting since Obamacare passed. That was the only specific date that either HHS or the White House mentioned while claiming Sebelius and Obama "regularly" meet. The Health and Human Services Department released a statement indicating that Sebelius "has been to the

With nearly a ton of butter,
Texas gingerbread house sets record
Reuters, by Jon Herskovitz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/6/2013 8:33:37 PM     Post Reply
BRYAN, Texas- Holiday cheer in Texas has become even sweeter thanks to a giant gingerbread house that has broken a world record for confectionary construction. Coming in at 35.8 million calories and covering an area of 2520 square feet, or nearly the size of a tennis court, the 21-foot high gingerbread house in Bryan, Texas, 90 miles northwest of Houston, has been declared the biggest ever by Guinness World Records. The house, with an edible exterior mounted over a wooden frame, was built by the Traditions Club near Texas A&M University to help raise money for a trauma center at the regional

Obamas will travel to South Africa
for Mandela´s memorial service
but the White House has not
said if they will attend the state
funeral with other dignitaries
Daily Mail [UK], by Snejana Farberov, Meghan Keneally    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 8:20:23 PM     Post Reply
The White House has announced that the President and First Lady will be traveling to South Africa next week to pay respects to Nelson Mandela. Mr Obama and his wife Michelle will be attending memorial events for the fallen South African leader but the specific details of when they will arrive or what events they will be attending have not been disclosed. The South African government announced that the formal state funeral will take place on December 15, capping off a 10-day mourning period. The Obamas are just two of a long list of international dignitaries who are expected to

President Obama joined by wife
and their daughters as they light
the National Christmas Tree
Daily Mail [UK], by Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 8:06:42 PM     Post Reply
Sasha and Malia Obama helped their dad ring in the holiday season tonight by attending the 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony outside the White House. President Obama joked that he would only count down from five to light the tree, since he didn´t want to keep anyone waiting in the rainy weather. ´It´s a little wet out there, so we shouldn´t start at 10,´ the president said. The president then flipped the switch and the tree sprung into multicolored life. The dramatic lighting was followed by performances from Aretha Franklin, who sang ´Joy to the World´, and Mariah Carey.

Half of GPs don´t refer cancer patients
urgently, first league tables show
Telegraph [UK], by Laura Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/6/2013 7:53:40 PM     Post Reply
Family doctors have been accused of failing cancer sufferers after the first ever GP league tables found more than half are not referring such patients to specialists quickly enough. [Snip] Experts said the failure to refer patients quickly explained Britain’s place at the bottom of European league tables, with worse survival rates for major cancers than many countries in Eastern Europe. The national performance data--which covers all 8,000 GP practices in England--enables patients to look up their own surgery, and see how it performs against dozens of indicators about diagnosis and treatment of most of the common diseases and

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