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´Alarming´ figures as patients forced
to wait hours in ambulances
Telegraph [UK], by News Agencies    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/9/2013 6:30:22 AM     Post Reply
Some patients are being forced to wait in ambulances outside hospitals for hours because accident and emergency departments are too busy to take them, according to research. In one case, a patient in Wales was made to wait more than six hours before being admitted, while another in England was delayed for more than five hours, the BBC found. NHS guidance recommends that patients should wait in ambulances for no longer than 15 minutes and delays of more than 30 minutes in England can lead to fines. Paramedics are only allowed to hand patients over to hospitals when staff there

Cellphone data spying:
It´s not just the NSA
USA Today, by John Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/9/2013 5:20:09 AM     Post Reply
The National Security Agency isn´t the only government entity secretly collecting data from people´s cellphones. Local police are increasingly scooping it up, too. Armed with new technologies, including mobile devices that tap into cellphone data in real time, dozens of local and state police agencies are capturing information about thousands of cellphone users at a time, whether they are targets of an investigation or not, according to public records obtained by USA TODAY and Gannett newspapers and TV stations. The records, from more than 125 police agencies in 33 states, reveal: • About one in four law-enforcement agencies have used a tactic known

The Latest IRS Power Grab
Wall Street Journal, by Bradley A. Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/9/2013 5:17:33 AM     Post Reply
Six months after the Internal Revenue Service´s inspector general revealed that the tax-collection agency had been targeting conservative organizations for added scrutiny and delaying their applications for tax-exempt status, the IRS has proposed new rules for handling political activity by nonprofits. The proposed rules would plunge the agency deeper into political regulation. The rules would upset more than 50 years of settled law and practice by limiting the ability of certain tax-exempt nonprofits, organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, to conduct nonpartisan voter registration and voter education. Such organizations would be forbidden to leave records of officeholder votes



Ed Gillespie´s bid to unseat Va. Sen.
Warner gives GOP best chance to win Senate
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/9/2013 5:13:38 AM     Post Reply
Ed Gillespie, a former top aide to President George W. Bush who chaired both the Republican National Committee and Virginia GOP, said he is considering a bid against Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, automatically putting Virginia in play and giving the Republicans their best chance to take back control of the Senate. Gillespie was in Hot Springs, Va., over the weekend talking with state GOP officials who were beginning the planning for the next party convention, where Warner´s opponent will be selected. Two other candidates with ties to the Tea Party are also planning to run. Party officials, seeing that no major Republican

Live by the Poorly Informed,
Die by the Poorly Informed
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/9/2013 5:09:07 AM     Post Reply
Democrats are happy, no doubt, to have the overwhelming support of young, “low information” voters. And, presumably, they have little desire to see this constituency become better informed as a general matter. But relying on the votes of young, low information voters is one thing; relying on their behavior is another. And the Democrats are relying on their behavior. Obamacare, the signature accomplishment of the Democratic Party, depends on young, healthy individuals to buy health insurance. Without their widespread participation in the online insurance exchanges as a means of subsidizing the cost of treating older, sicker Americans, insurance premiums will sky-rocket, thereby

Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/9/2013 4:56:57 AM     Post Reply
Fact: The IRS targeted conservative and tea party groups requesting tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 presidential election. That’s a fact. Congress held hearings — embarrassing hearings. Three top Internal Revenue Service officials resigned. No heads rolled, but for the Obama administration, and the lawless Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., that amounted to a major scandal. Even White House spokesman Jay “Circus” Carney called the IRS’ actions “inappropriate.” Fact. But President Obama, in an interview last week with sycophant Chris Matthews, now says the entire scandal was made up by the media. “When we do things right, they don’t get

Newt Is Right About Mandela
American Conservative, by W. James Antle, III    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/9/2013 4:54:14 AM     Post Reply
Bob Dole once made a droll crack to the New York Times about Newt Gingrich, then the speaker of the House. “Gingrich’s staff has these five file cabinets, four big ones and this little tiny one,” Dole said. “Number one is ‘Newt’s ideas.’ Number two, ‘Newt’s ideas.’ Number three, number four, ‘Newt’s ideas.’ The little one is ‘Newt’s Good Ideas.’” Here’s one from Gingrich’s little file: he has been pushing back against some of the more thoughtless conservative reactions to the death of Nelson Mandela. The backlash has ranged from the merely tone-deaf—think of Rick Santorum drawing comparisons between Obamacare and



MSNBC’s Alternative Universe
National Review Online, by Charles C.W. Cooke    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/9/2013 4:51:44 AM     Post Reply
More than any other subject, apolitical sorts will ask me about Fox News. “Is it really crazy?” my British friends inquire, flashing the sort of smile that a botanist might exhibit while examining a newly discovered species of moss. “Is it, like, really right wing?” The question has always slightly irritated me, showing as it does that the considerable success that the Left has had in demonizing its opposition extends even across the Atlantic. Certainly, both Fox’s commentary and its ostensibly straight reporting are marked by the right-leaning proclivities of its owners. But the notion that the network is unique in

Where’s Vice President
Joe? Ditched by B.O.
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/9/2013 4:48:37 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is flying to South Africa Monday morning to join the emotional extravaganza around the graveside of former president Nelson Mandela, leaving Vice President Joe Biden on his lonesome to attend meetings in the empty White House. The president will board U.S. Air Force One to jet around the world to Johannesburg, the capital of South Africa, while Joe stays behind to keep the lights on at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Obama is flying away from supposedly high-priority negotiations to prevent another budget shutdown of Uncle Sam’s federal government, and also from the top-priority effort to rebuild his crashed Obamacare program. He’s

ObamaCare created a
Medicaid time bomb
New York Post, by Michael D. Tanner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/9/2013 4:42:04 AM     Post Reply
The good news, if you want to call it that, is that roughly 1.6 million Americans have enrolled in ObamaCare so far. The not-so-good news is that 1.46 million of them actually signed up for Medicaid. If that trend continues, it could bankrupt both federal and state governments. Medicaid is already America’s third-largest government program, trailing only Social Security and Medicare, as a proportion of the federal budget. Almost 8 cents out of every dollar that the federal government spends goes to Medicaid. That’s more than $265 billion per year. Indeed, already Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid account for 48% of federal spending.

Obamacare, where the liberal
dream crashes and burns
Globe and Mail [Canada], by Margaret Wente    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/9/2013 4:35:06 AM     Post Reply
On Wednesday afternoon, a bunch of twentysomethings were summoned to the White House to hear an infomercial from Barack Obama himself. He was pitching health insurance. “The product is good. It’s affordable,” the President told them. “… We’re going to keep working through any glitches, problems that may come up.” He urged them to spread the word. “So if you’re a student body president, set up a conference on campus … If you’re a bartender, have a happy hour … Post something on your Facebook or Instagram.”Mr. Obama desperately needs healthy young people to sign on to Obamacare in order



Worries about Hillary Clinton
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/9/2013 4:32:29 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton may be the overwhelming front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, but she’s going to have to deal with some knotty problems sooner or later. She can’t ignore forever either her party or the media’s entreaties to talk on important subjects. The first problem surely is health care. President Obama won’t allow it to be repealed, so the Affordable Care Act will be hanging there, damaged and disliked for Clinton to address. Will she throw it and her former boss overboard, call for a single-payer plan as a sop to the left and risk scaring off the

Learning through Pain
Tribune Media Services, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/9/2013 4:28:43 AM     Post Reply
What will history make so far of our five-year voyage with Barack Obama? What will it make of hope and change — other than a sort of hysteria of 2008 that was a political version of the Pet Rock or the Cabbage Patch Doll derangement? Did we really experience faux-Greek columns and Latin mottoes (vero possumus) as Obama props to usher in the new order of the ages? What exactly made David Brooks focus on trouser creases, or Chris Matthews on involuntary leg tickles? How could any serious person believe a candidate who promised to change the very terrain of the

Republicans tout campaign to blunt
Obama´s executive powers
The Hill [DC], by Ben Goad & Julian Hattern    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/9/2013 4:19:54 AM     Post Reply
House Republicans say they’re proud of their 2013 campaign to stymie President Obama’s regulatory agenda, even as Congress comes under fire for one of its least productive years. The bitterly divided Congress will pass fewer laws in 2013 than any year in modern history. As a result of the gridlock, President Obama has turned to his administration’s regulatory authority in pursuit of key policy goals, including efforts to tackle gun violence and climate change. While House Republicans have pinned the blame for Congress’ anemic legislative output on Senate Democrats, they make no bones about their efforts to blunt Obama’s rulemaking power. “We’re left

Andrew Cuomo facing court
battle with energy company
over fracking moratorium
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/9/2013 4:16:53 AM     Post Reply
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been in the news fairly often of late, and not just in his home state. The Democrat has been the frequent subject of some admittedly long-shot speculation over a 2016 presidential run if Hillary passes on the ticket. (Personally, I would find a Cuomo candidacy hilarious, not to mention good news for the GOP, when he tried to explain to the rest of the nation how he signed the NY Safe Act, one of the most restrictive and odious gun control laws in the nation.) When he was elected Governor of New York, he



The Strange Politics of
Google Autocomplete
Politico Magazine, by Megan Garber    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/9/2013 4:13:43 AM     Post Reply
In the late 1930s, as humans managed to launch yet another war that would fail to end all wars, H.G. Wells wrote a series of essays laying out a plan for a better world. Wells, a novelist, reformer and sometime historian, believed that technology could connect people in ways that had never before been possible, joining them in a network and uniting their wisdom into a kind of synaptic and singular mind. The structure Wells imagined would be, he declared, “a sort of mental clearinghouse for the mind, a depot where knowledge and ideas are received, sorted, summarized, digested, clarified,

The Soldiers Who Saved
Europe´s Art From Hitler
Der Spiegel [Germany], by Yvonne Schymura    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/9/2013 4:04:40 AM     Post Reply
The story of a special Allied unit dubbed the "Monuments Men" has inspired a Hollywood film set to premier early next year. But who were these men who saved countless European cultural treasures from being lost or destroyed by Nazi forces? It was May 17, 1945, not long after Nazi forces had surrendered, ending Word War II in Europe, when miners dug through the wall of rubble with picks and shovels in Altaussee, Austria. There was a 12-meter thick layer of debris blocking the entrance to the salt mine, and though no one knew what was inside, they all hoped they

Ex-San Diego Mayor to be
Sentenced for Harrassment
Associated Press, by Elliot Spagat    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/9/2013 4:01:28 AM     Post Reply
SAN DIEGO -- Bob Filner has almost vanished from public view since a defiant resignation speech as San Diego mayor amid widespread allegations that he sexually harassed women. He returns to the spotlight at least once more. The former 10-term congressman will be sentenced Monday for one felony and two misdemeanors for placing a woman in a headlock, kissing another woman and grabbing the buttocks of a third. He pleaded guilty in October in an agreement with prosecutors, who will recommend that he get three months of home confinement and three years of probation. Filner, 71, has avoided even close supporters since

Cash-strapped Iranian students
in U.S. hope nuclear deal
will ease tuition woes
Reuters, by Jonathan Kaminsky    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 1:54:51 AM     Post Reply
When Mohammad Hamedi Rad arrived in the United States last year, he carried his Iranian passport, a hard-won student visa and a backpack containing $14,000 in hundred dollar bills, because there was no simpler way of getting money into the country. "It was scary," Hamedi Rad, a chemical engineering graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said of his late-night arrival in Chicago, where he declared the funds to airport customs officials. "I´ve never carried that much money before. I was extremely nervous." Hamedi Rad´s experience is by no means unheard of among many of the thousands of

Kennedy Center Honors gala
had rapport, repartee and an
unusual mix of collaborators
Washington Post, by Katherine Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 1:49:00 AM     Post Reply
This spectacle had to have the white-hot spotlight, front page, bold type (whoa-oh!) — to quote one of the evening’s celebrated songwriters — because this Kennedy Center Honors gala was a talker. The night might have begun as the latest parade of cultural icons seated in an opera box with their president, but when a rapper and a Supreme Court justice take the same stage, it isn’t your standard lifetime achievement fete. (Snip) The show — hosted by actress Glenn Close — began with a resounding rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” played by Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Should anyone


HIV-positive porn performer
seeks privacy amid investigation
Los Angeles Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/8/2013 11:23:52 PM     Post Reply
A porn performer who tested positive for HIV in Los Angeles is asking for privacy as the industry tries to determine the scope of the problem. "The performer deserves privacy and dignity at this difficult time, and we ask that our colleagues and the media respect the performer’s wishes for privacy unless he or she wishes to speak," the Free Speech Coalition, a porn industry trade group, said in a statement. The Free Speech Coalition said it was working to identify anyone who had sex with the infected performer. “We take the health of our performers very seriously and felt

Where Freedom of the Press Is Muffled
New York Times, by David Carr    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/8/2013 10:52:06 PM     Post Reply
In China on Thursday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke plainly about the role of a free press in a democratic society. “Innovation thrives where people breathe freely, speak freely, are able to challenge orthodoxy, where newspapers can report the truth without fear of consequences,” he said in an address to American businesspeople living and working there. He was speaking against the backdrop of China’s restrictive policies on reporting by foreign news organizations; the Chinese government has so far declined to renew the visas of nearly two dozen reporters from The New York Times and Bloomberg News as a consequence

Budget deal expected this week
amounts to a cease-fire as sides
move to avert a standoff
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/8/2013 10:49:00 PM     Post Reply
House and Senate negotiators were putting the finishing touches Sunday on what would be the first successful budget accord since 2011, when the battle over a soaring national debt first paralyzed Washington. The deal expected to be sealed this week on Capitol Hill would not significantly reduce the debt, now $17.3 trillion and rising. It would not close corporate tax loopholes or reform expensive health-care and retirement programs. It would not even fully replace sharp spending cuts known as the sequester, the negotiators’ primary target. After more than two years of constant crisis, the emerging agreement amounts to little more

Netanyahu missing Mandela
memorial for cost reasons: Report
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/8/2013 10:40:52 PM     Post Reply
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela this week because it is too expensive to travel to South Africa, Israeli media reported on Sunday. Netanyahu had notified the South African authorities that he would fly in but cancelled his plans at the last minute due to the costs involved -- around 7.0 million shekels ($2 million) for his transport and security alone, pubic radio and the Haaretz daily reported. "The decision was made in light of the high transportation costs resulting from the short notice of the trip and the security required for the prime minister

New Affordable Care US health
plans will exclude top hospitals
- Thread Closed
Financial Times, by Stephanie Kirchgaessner    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/8/2013 10:34:26 PM     Post Reply
High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. Americans who are buying insurance plans over online exchanges, under what is known as Obamacare, will have limited access to some of the nation’s leading hospitals, including two world-renowned cancer centres. Amid a drive by insurers to limit costs, the majority of insurance plans being sold on the new healthcare exchanges in New York, Texas, and California, for example, will not offer patients’ access to Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan or MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston,

Three Senators Try to
Hold Off G.O.P. in South
New York Times, by Campbell Robertson & Jeremy W. Peters    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/8/2013 10:02:45 PM     Post Reply
New Orleans - Things traditionally get started a little late down here, an inclination that runs from mealtimes to political races. But with nearly a year to go before the 2014 election, it is already open season on Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana. (Snip) As Democrats look across the rest of the South, the outlook does not get much better. Ms. Landrieu, along with Senators Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Kay Hagan of North Carolina, is pretty much all that is left of Southern Democrats in the Senate. All three are up for re-election next year. And the outcome of their races could determine whether the Southern Democrat,

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