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A Year After Newtown,
Rift Over Guns Deepens
Associated Press, by Adam Geller    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 12/7/2013 12:50:32 PM     Post Reply
In the moment, Newtown´s children became our own. Staring at photographs of their freckled faces, hair tucked into barrettes and baseball caps, a country divided by politics, geography, race, class and belief was united in mourning. And as their deaths confronted Americans with vexing questions about guns and violence, there were calls to turn that shared grief into a collective search for answers."These tragedies must end," President Barack Obama said, two nights after the mass shooting left 20 first-graders and six educators dead. "And to end them, we must change." Now, a year has passed. But the unity born of tragedy has

Agreeing with Pope Francis
National Review, by Michael Novak    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/7/2013 12:32:48 PM     Post Reply
Reading the new exhortation by Pope Francis after the wildly misleading presentations of it by the Guardian and Reuters (both from the left side of the U.K. press), and reading it with an American ear for language, I was at first amazed at how partisan and empirically unfounded were five or six of its sentences. But reading the exhortation in full in its English translation, and reading it through the eyes of a professor-bishop-pope who grew up in Argentina, I began to have more sympathy for the phrases used by Pope Francis. For one thing, I have closely studied the

Obama boosts healthcare law
with selective release of data
The Hill (Washington DC), by Elise Viebeck & Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 12:14:09 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is selectively releasing data and metrics on ObamaCare to bolster its case that the rollout is going better in the month of December. Tidbits of information from federal health officials — especially figures that show improvements at HealthCare.gov — have become a key tool in the effort to “reboot” the law in the eyes of the public. But the limited nature of the releases has created conflict with the media and put the spotlight on outstanding areas of concern for the rollout, such as the enrollment site´s back end. It’s not unusual for politicians to put out

  


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Krauthammer: Obama Acts Like
He Wandered Into White House on
aTour and Discovered He Was President
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/7/2013 12:08:05 PM     Post Reply
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer had some harsh words for Barack Obama Friday. Appearing on Fox News’s Special Report, Krauthammer said, “It´s as if this guy discovers everything late, as if he wandered into the White House on a White House tour and discovered himself in the Oval Office as president.” (Video) BRET BAIER, HOST: What about this whole thing that his take, Charles, that government is not good at certain things, and we´re looking to consolidate some agencies, and yet his administration, when describing the success that they´re having now, says that the website is operating at private sector velocity?

America the Vulgar
Wall Street Journal, by Lee Siegel    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/7/2013 11:48:18 AM     Post Reply
"What´s celebrity sex, Dad?" It was my 7-year-old son, who had been looking over my shoulder at my computer screen. He mispronounced "celebrity" but spoke the word "sex" as if he had been using it all his life. "Celebrity six," I said, abruptly closing my AOL screen. "It´s a game famous people play in teams of three," I said, as I ushered him out of my office and downstairs into what I assumed was the safety of the living room. No such luck. His 3-year-old sister had gotten her precocious little hands on my wife´s iPhone as it was charging

Obama has shown how a future
GOP president can gut Obamacare
Washington Examiner, by Philip Klein    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/7/2013 11:28:50 AM     Post Reply
I owe Mitt Romney an apology. During the 2012 Republican presidential primary season, I repeatedly criticized Romney — and personally challenged him during his editorial board meeting with the Washington Examiner — for promising that if elected, on day one of his presidency, he would grant Obamacare waivers to all 50 states. As I reported, under the text of the law, the ability to offer waivers to states was subject to many restrictions and wouldn’t even be an option until 2017, four years after his hypothetical swearing in. Though I still believe I was right about what the statute said,

Republicans on 2010 pace in House
generic vote -- at least momentarily
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/7/2013 11:16:47 AM     Post Reply
One interesting, but not always precisely reliable, measure of partisan preference is what pollsters call the generic vote -- which party´s candidates people would vote for in elections to the House of Representatives. Over the past two decades, responses have tended to underpredict Republicans´ performance in subsequent elections, though that was the case more in 1992-2002 than recently. The last two months have seen sharp shifts in the generic vote, as National Journal´s Charlie Cook notes, with Democrats peaking during the government shutdown in the first half of October and then a sharp swing to Republicans after the spotlight shifted

  


  

Ted Cruz and Mike Lee
being vindicated on shutdown
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/7/2013 11:10:12 AM     Post Reply
The GOP establishment is loath to admit it, but the government shutdown is turning out to be a brilliant political chess move on the part of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. The Obamacare disaster, fully predictable by anyone who understands the effect of incentives and the fundamental incompetence of academic theorists and left wing ideologues, has made the go-for-broke attempt to stop it an obvious profile in courage. (snip) The budget and debt limit fights lie ahead. Cruz and Lee have laid out the path for us. The GOP can now say that that because the Democrats have shown

Obama´s inequality speech
shows his focus on change
New York Times, by Paul Krugman    Original Article
Posted By: scott5js- 12/7/2013 10:52:03 AM     Post Reply
Much of the media commentary on President Barack Obama´s big inequality speech was cynical. You know the drill: It´s yet another "reboot" that will go nowhere; none of it will have any effect on policy, and so on. But before we talk about the speech´s possible political impact or lack thereof, shouldn´t we look at the substance? Was what the president said true? Was it new? If the answer to these questions is yes - and it is - then what he said deserves a serious hearing. And once you realize that, you also realize that the speech may matter a lot more

GOP: Healthcare law
is a ´war on women´
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/7/2013 10:51:20 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The Affordable Care Act is a "war on women" that denies mothers the ability to make choices for their families, U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., said Saturday. The ACA, beginning Aug. 12, 2012, requires insurance plans to provide new preventive benefits including contraceptives, breastfeeding supplies and gestational diabetes screening for pregnant women, prenatal care, routine breast and pelvic exams and pap tests used to detect potentially precancerous and cancerous processes in the cervix. Delivering the GOP´s weekly address, Ellmers called on President Barack Obama to get rid of the law or at least delay its implementation. Ellmers, a nurse and mother

Total number of one-on-one meetings
between Obama and Sebelius since
ObamaCare was passed: One
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/7/2013 10:39:21 AM     Post Reply
Actually, says Peter Schweizer, the number is zero, but he’s crediting O for having once met with Sebelius and a single other cabinet member. More than three and a half years ago. Remember, this is the same guy who said recently of the website, “We’re evaluating why it is exactly that I didn’t know soon enough that it wasn’t going to work the way it needed to.” A possible clue: [Snip] Schweizer wonders whether O and his deputies deliberately kept Sebelius away just in case the project went to hell, so that Obama could plead ignorance later as a defense to the charge of gross incomptence. That was my first hunch too,

  


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Obama Warns Millennials
of Bar-Related Injuries
American Thinker, by Jeannie DeAngelis    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/7/2013 10:26:48 AM     Post Reply
Something is up! The "young invincibles" who were largely responsible for catapulting Barack Obama into the seat of power appear to be spurning ObamaCare and its joke of a website. (Snip) In hopes of driving home his point, rather than sports, split lips, and stitches, the president, well-acquainted with the subject, chose to discuss substance abuse dangers. Let's remember, Barack Obama, Sr. was an alcoholic who lost his legs and later his life in two separate drunk-driving accidents; the president's illegal Uncle Omar manages a liquor store and, before getting a green card, was arrested for drunken driving.

Comrade Mandela’s Secret Life
Accuracy in Media, by Cliff Kincaid    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/7/2013 10:23:19 AM     Post Reply
The South African Communist Party is admitting Nelson Mandela was a high-ranking member. Will the media report these facts? Or will the “myth” continue to prevail? My friend Victor Lasky used to write books about liberal or left-wing figures that carried the name of the person and the subtitle, “The Man and the Myth.” He would compare the coverage of a political figure with the truth. The coverage of the death of Nelson Mandela has focused mostly on the myth. Key facts are being omitted, including Mandela’s secret membership in the South African Communist Party (SACP), which may shed light on

Waitress in anti-gay receipt flap
reportedly issuing refunds to donors
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 10:14:27 AM     Post Reply
A New Jersey waitress who received thousands of dollars in gratuities after claiming she received an anti-gay note in lieu of a tip is reportedly issuing refunds to those who gave donations. Dayna Morales, a 22-year-old former Marine, claimed last month that a family of four who racked up a $93.55 bill at the Gallop Asian Bistro in Branchburg, N.J., left her no tip, only a note saying they couldn’t leave any extra cash for her service because they “do not agree with your lifestyle.” Morales quickly emailed the story to a gay advocacy website and later posted a photograph of the

Rep. Tom Cotton Made an Offer to
Obama That He Should Accept, But
Won´t Because It Will Hurt His Image
Independent Journal Review, by Michael Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/7/2013 10:12:06 AM     Post Reply
As the White House launches a three-week public-relations blitz to try and sell ObamaCare to the American people, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is inviting Barack Obama to bring his “road show” road show” to Arkansas to see the troubled healthcare law’s effect on the people of his state. “This week, President Obama announced a 23-day PR blitz to tout his signature program, ObamaCare. I’d like to invite the President to bring his ObamaCare roadshow to Arkansas, so he can see firsthand the devastating effects the law is having on Americans who live outside Washington DC.” Well played, Congressman, but don’t hold your

  


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All too soon, ObamaCare
will give us ´Standing´
American Thinker, by Deane Waldman    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/7/2013 9:55:54 AM     Post Reply
Among the many blessings granted us by ObamaCare (PPAHCA), a new one will be coming soon, starting in January 2014. We will acquire "standing." Legally, the word standing refers to the "ability to initiate a lawsuit." (snip) Those treatments deemed "Not Cost Effective" will become unavailable, even when that care is what you need to stay alive. Thus, insured or uninsured, as a direct result of government action, you are less able or unable to get the care you need in 2014 after ObamaCare implementation. You now have legal standing.

S.C. sheriff refuses to
lower flag for Mandela
USA Today, by Eric Connor    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/7/2013 9:54:43 AM     Post Reply
In South Carolina, the American flag that flies over the Pickens County Sheriff´s Office will be raised high over the weekend despite an order by President Obama that flags be lowered to half-staff to honor the death of iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela. Sheriff Rick Clark told GreenvilleOnline.com that he is ordering the flag be raised on Sunday because the honor of lowering flags to half-staff should be reserved for Americans. "The flag at half-staff is for Americans´ ultimate sacrifice for our country," Clark said. "We should never stray away from that." The flag is currently flying at half-staff in honor of

Conservative Grassroots Challenge
Chamber of Commerce in Idaho Race
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/7/2013 9:53:55 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is getting more brazen in its fight to control the Republican Party, as the primary in Idaho between Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Tea Party challenger Bryan Smith shapes up to be a major front in the war. Beginning Friday, the Associated Press reports, the Chamber will run an ad in Idaho supporting Simpson. "Mike Simpson, conservative, Idaho strong," the ad’s announcer says, according to early copies reviewed by the AP. The ad states that “the nation's free enterprise system is under attack” and shows Nancy Pelosi holding a gavel like one used by the Speaker of the House.

The Major Problem With Electric Cars
Time Magazine, by Brad Tuttle    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/7/2013 9:41:06 AM     Post Reply
Mitsubishi is the latest in a long line of automakers to slash prices on an electric car, the unpronounceable, unfortunately named i-MiEV. The model is now the cheapest EV on the market, yet it’s still hard to imagine many drivers excitedly running out to buy one. Overall, American consumers are paying more for cars. The average price paid for a new light vehicle in November was $32,769, up 3% compared to October, and 1.1% year over year, according to Kelley Blue Book. Yet as average prices rise, one segment of the new car market has gotten markedly cheaper. “Electric vehicles had

Politico Destroys White House Claim
of Secret Obama-Sebelius Meetings
Breitbart's Big Journalism, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 12/7/2013 9:37:57 AM     Post Reply
Late Friday afternoon, Politico Magazine published an update dismantling White House claims that President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held “dozens” of unrecorded one-on-one working meetings over the last three-and-a-half years leading up to Obamacare´s unveiling. The update, written by Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer, refuted Friday comments by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. In a telling exchange between Carney and NBC News reporter Peter Alexander and ABC News reporter

  



Judging blogs by their comment threads
Telegraph [UK], by Daniel Hannan    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/7/2013 9:37:42 AM     Post Reply
The FT’s former correspondent at the European Parliament used to ask me the same question at every press conference. “So does this mean you voted the same way as Jean-Marie Le Pen?” It’s amazing how many people want to judge a proposal, not by its merits, but by its incidental supporters. We need only state their implication openly – that you should drop an otherwise sensible idea because someone you don’t like agrees with you – to see how absurd it is. Yet people carry on doing it. It’s the phenomenon that lies behind Godwin’s Law, the observation that all Internet discussions,

GOP on ObamaCare: It´s time Obama
delayed the law for all Americans
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/7/2013 9:36:06 AM     Post Reply
Merry Christmas, everyone, and hello, my name is Renee Ellmers, and I represent North Carolina’s Second Congressional District. Like many of you, I’m frustrated with the president’s health care law, especially where jobs and working families are concerned. I say this not only as a congresswoman and chair of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee; I say it as a nurse and the mother of a son in college. After all, it’s often women who make the health care decisions for our families. We put a lot of time and thought into these choices and how they’ll affect our budgets. So by canceling your insurance — despite a promise

15 Of Nelson Mandela’s
Most Inspiring Quotes
Buzzfeed, by Jessica Testa & John Gara    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 12/7/2013 9:35:05 AM     Post Reply
The former South African president died Thursday at age 95. Remember him through his uplifting and revolutionary words. 1. "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." 2. "Never, never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. " 3. "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." (Snip) 12. "It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person

Obama Recalls an Aide to
Guide Health Care Law
New York Times, by Jackie Calmes    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/7/2013 9:31:26 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration continues the aggressive public defense of the Affordable Care Act it began this week, the president will get some help from his former chief congressional lobbyist, Phil Schiliro, who is returning temporarily to the White House almost exactly two years after he left. Mr. Schiliro’s job, which is expected to last a few months, is to help protect the health care law from legislative attacks by repeal-minded Republicans in Congress, and to quiet dissent from politically vulnerable Democrats seeking to distance themselves from the law and the president ahead of the midterm congressional elections.

Why Nelson Mandela was on
a terrorism watch list in 2008
Washington Post, by Caitlin Dewey    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/7/2013 9:29:26 AM     Post Reply
Nelson Mandela is being remembered across the world (and political spectrum) for his heroic, life-long battle against apartheid and injustice in South Africa. But with all the accolades being thrown around, it’s easy to forget that the U.S., in particular, hasn’t always had such a friendly relationship with Mandela -- and that in fact, as late as 2008, the Nobel Prize winner and former president was still on the U.S. terrorism watch list.(snip)Eventually, of course, the U.S. did pass economic sanctions, which are widely credited for helping topple -- at least in part -- the apartheid regime. Mandela went on

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