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Races to watch: Will Obamacare
sink Democrats in 2014?
NBC News, by Jessica Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:16:35 AM     Post Reply
Three years after President Barack Obama admitted that his party took a “shellacking” in the midterm elections, Republicans are setting their sights on another political wave in 2014. It’s a new battle, but the GOP is using the same weapon: public skepticism over Obamacare. In 2010, Republicans rode a wave of frustration over the economy and health-care overhaul, recapturing control of the House of Representatives. This time around, they’re focused on keeping that majority and looking toward gains in the Senate – and they’ll rely on the bungled HealthCare.gov rollout to fuel voter support. As the hobbled website becomes more functional, the

America’s clash of
generations is inevitable
Washington Post, by Robert J. Samuelson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/10/2013 4:08:38 AM     Post Reply
We are locked in a generational war, which will get worse before it gets better. Indeed, it may not get better for a long time. No one wants to admit this, because it’s ugly and unwelcome. Parents are supposed to care for their children, and children are supposed to care for their aging parents. For families, these collective obligations may work. But what makes sense for families doesn’t always succeed for society as a whole. The clash of generations is intensifying. Last week, a federal judge ruled that Detroit qualifies for municipal bankruptcy. This almost certainly means that pensions and health

Ted Cruz, Newt Gingrich Defend
Mandela Against GOP Critics
ABC News, by Nicki Rossoll    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/10/2013 4:05:01 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz defied critics angry that he eulogized Nelson Mandela and left for South Africa today as part of a 23 member congressional delegation going to honor the former South African president and anti-apartheid hero. “He endured decades of imprisonment and steadfastly continued his fight for equality. And, when justice prevailed in his battle against apartheid, and Mandela was elected president of his nation, he nobly chose reconciliation instead of retribution — a legacy for which he will be remembered forever,” Cruz, R-Texas, said. Cruz’s press secretary, Catherine Frazier, also rejected the arguments of those who criticized Cruz for lauding Mandela. “Mr.

  


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Food Stamp Nation: Child
Homelessness Spikes in NYC
Breitbart Big Government, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 3:59:33 AM     Post Reply
Andrea Elliott, in her NY Times article "Invisible Child," articulates the disheartening existence of a family living on the meager support of government welfare. She invites her readers to look through the eyes of Dasani, the family´s 11-year-old girl. The family has a complex relationship with the welfare programs that both keep them afloat and keep their situation hopeless. Liberals advocate that welfare programs are designed to help the least fortunate and that they demonstrate a society’s compassion. However, sometimes too much compassion by the state can devolve into what recovering drug addicts would call "enabling." Moreover, the "compassionate environment"

Hero Bin Laden doctor decries
treatment in letter smuggled
out of Pakistani prison
Fox News, by Sib Kaifee    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/10/2013 3:59:32 AM     Post Reply
The hero doctor jailed in Pakistan for helping the U.S. kill Usama bin Laden bared his frustration with the country’s tribal court system in a letter smuggled out by a supporter last week. “My legal right to consult with my lawyers is being denied,” wrote Dr. Shakil Afridi, who worked with the CIA on a vaccination ruse that helped confirm the Al Qaeda leader’s presence in an Abbottabad compound, paving the way for the May 2011 SEAL mission in which he was killed. The one-and-a half page letter, handwritten in Urdu and smuggled out of the Peshawar Central Jail, comes as Afridi

Tech Firms Vie to Protect
Personal Data, Profits
Associated Press, by Michael Liedtke & Marcy Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/10/2013 3:53:58 AM     Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government´s surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people´s online habits. The industry´s profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency trolls deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers. As a result, companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are becoming more aggressive in their attempts to counter any perception that they voluntarily give the government access to users´ email and other sensitive information. Microsoft´s general counsel, Brad Smith, warned in a blog post last

Police: ‘Knockout game’ type
crimes hit Richmond streets
WTVR-TV [Richmond, VA], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/10/2013 12:01:11 AM     Post Reply
Richmond, Va. – There is a group of teenagers going around Richmond and knocking out people on the streets, Richmond Police Det. W. Cutshall said. The teens then steal whatever they want from the victim. “It’s two to three, sometimes four male juveniles knocking pedestrians or bicyclists to the ground,” Det. Cutshall said. “When they knock them to the ground, they begin punching them and kicking them and taking whatever they have in their possession.” (Snip) The victims’ injuries in the attacks have grown more serious recently, he added. In some instances victims have been knocked unconscious or lost teeth in the

  


  

MSNBC Anchor: Obamacare = N-Word
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 11:35:17 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry evidently exists to say ridiculous things. The same radical who declared that all children belong to the state said Sunday that “Obamacare” is the new “n-word.” (Video) “Good morning, I’m Melissa Harris-Perry. I want to talk today about a controversial word,” the Tulane professor began Sunday’s show. “It’s a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it’s indelibly printed in the pages of American history. A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame, and divide, and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of

Twitter, Facebook and more demand
sweeping changes to US surveillance
Guardian [UK], by Dan Roberts & Jemima Kiss    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 11:29:28 PM     Post Reply
The world´s leading technology companies have united to demand sweeping changes to US surveillance laws, urging an international ban on bulk collection of data to help preserve the public´s “trust in the internet”. In their most concerted response yet to disclosures by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter and AOL have published an open letter to Barack Obama and Congress on Monday, throwing their weight behind radical reforms already proposed by Washington politicians. “The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favour of the state and away from the rights of

Stockman not running for reelection;
will challenge Cornyn
Houston Chronicle, by Gary Martin & Will Tucker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 11:20:52 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Steve Stockman, a conservative firebrand who has been dogged by ethical questions and campaign debt, withdrew as a candidate for re-election Monday and instead filed as a Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. The filing gives Cornyn the Tea Party challenge in the Texas Republican primary that he long sought to avoid in a state where the GOP electorate has moved increasingly to the right. Stockman has prided himself on being one of the most conservative members of Congress. Soon after arriving, he refused to suport Rep. John Boehner for Speaker of the House, voting only “present.” He

HealthCare.gov’s problems don’t
mean Obamacare will fail
Washington Post, by Ezra Klein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 10:43:45 PM     Post Reply
he first two months of Obamacare created a rare convergence between supporters and opponents of the law: Everyone agreed that the rollout was a disaster. The consensus reached all the way up to President Obama himself, who went so far as to list the "poor execution on my administration’s part" alongside the GOP´s "reckless shutdown" as reasons that "frustrations with Washington are at an all-time high." It was like an Obamacare miracle. But with HealthCare.gov improving, the convergence is ending. For Obamacare´s supporters, the IT problems really were IT problems. Now that the Web site is working the law will

  


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18 Los Angeles sheriff´s deputies
arrested in federal jail investigation
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/9/2013 10:41:09 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES – Federal officials on Monday unsealed five criminal cases filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff´s deputies as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation´s largest jail system. The charges were announced at a press conference after 16 of 18 defendants were arrested earlier in the day. They were expected to be arraigned later in U.S. District Court. (Snip) One federal indictment filed Nov. 20 named seven deputies charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice. It is unclear from the indictment whether they are currently employed

No tailgating at Super Bowl
ESPN, by Jane McManus    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/9/2013 10:24:17 PM     Post Reply
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Forget about setting up those kegs or buffet tables in the parking lot before this season´s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. There will be no tailgating, according to the game´s committee CEO, Al Kelly. "You will be allowed to have food in your car and have drink in your car," Kelly said. "And provided you´re in the boundaries of a single parking space, you´ll be able to eat or drink right next to your car. However, you´re not going to be able to take out a lounge chair, you´re not going to be able to take out

"I´m Putting My Life At Risk, Literally!":
Kanye West Compares Dancing on Stage
to Being a Cop or Soldier
Breitbart TV, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 10:19:09 PM     Post Reply
Kanye West speaking with SaturdayNightOnline.com host Garrett, West Saturday night “Like, I’m just giving of my body on the stage; I’m putting my life at risk, literally!” “When I think about when I’m on the ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing,’ and ‘Coldest Winter’ moment, like that mountain goes really, really high. And if I slipped… You never know. And I think about it. I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.”

Ted Cruz sees legal landmines
ahead for Obamacare
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/9/2013 10:17:09 PM     Post Reply
One of Congress‘ staunchest critics of Obamacare released a report Monday that cheers on legal challenges to the overhaul and says the White House overstepped its authority by delaying aspects of the law. Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican who helped engineer a lengthy government funding stalemate earlier this year in a bid to block money for the new health care law, said many aspects of the Affordable Care Act are “constitutionally or statutorily suspect” and that the entire law should be repealed. While a repeal is unlikely so long as Democrats control the Senate and White House, Mr. Cruz said

  


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Next Obama Witch Hunt:
Racism In Auto Lending
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 10:15:55 PM     Post Reply
Power Abuse: Emboldened by its shakedown of mortgage lenders, the administration is now accusing car lenders of racism. On what grounds? It refuses to say, raising suspicion of another witch hunt. Some of the nation´s largest auto lenders, including Ally Bank, are now under federal investigation for allegedly discriminating against black and Latino borrowers — a deplorable crime, if true. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is heading the new crusade with help from the Justice Department. It claims it has "statistical evidence" showing car lenders and dealers marking up loan prices for minorities vs. whites.

AIDS advocates say drug
coverage in some marketplace
plans is inadequate
Washington Post, by Ariana Eunjung Cha    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/9/2013 10:14:44 PM     Post Reply
The nation’s new health-care law says insurers can’t turn anyone away, even people who are sick. But some companies, patient advocates say, have found a way to discourage the chronically ill from enrolling in their plans: offer drug coverage too skimpy for those with expensive conditions. Some plans sold on the online insurance exchanges, for instance, don’t cover key medications for HIV, or they require patients to pay as much as 50 percent of the cost per prescription in co-insurance — sometimes more than $1,000 a month. “The fear is that they are putting discriminatory plan designs into place to

Lead FBI Benghazi Investigator Has
Never Testified Before Congress
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 10:10:45 PM     Post Reply
Kevin Kolbye, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Dallas, served as the on-scene commander for the Benghazi investigation but has not yet testified before Congress about what he knows. Republican Congressman Frank Wolf wants to know why. Kolbye addressed the GovSec West Conference in Dallas in late November and discussed various aspects of the Benghazi investigation with attendees. During his presentation, Kolbye noted that, contrary to initial reports, FBI assets were on the scene in Benghazi within a few days after the attack. Breitbart News reported that story when it broke.

Government sells remaining stake in GM
Associated Press, by Tom Krisher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 10:05:00 PM     Post Reply
DETROIT- The U.S. government ended up losing $10.5 billion on the General Motors bailout, but it says the alternative would have been far worse. The Treasury Department sold its final shares of the Detroit auto giant on Monday, recovering $39 billion of the $49.5 billion it spent to save the dying automaker at the height of the financial crisis five years ago. Without the bailout, the country would have lost more than a million jobs, and the economy could have slipped from recession into a depression, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said on a conference call with reporters. Now, the American

WaPo Reporter: Bashir ´Fired´
over Palin Remarks Because
Outrage Never Abated
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 9:59:49 PM     Post Reply
On Sunday, a media reporter for the Washington Post said he believed that MSNBC had fired host Martin Bashir because conservatives were relentless and did not quit in hammering Bashir and MSNBC for Bashir´s suggestion that someone should urinate and defecate in the mouth of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Bashir resigned from MSNBC last week, nearly a month after he made his scripted remarks on his MSNBC program. Appearing on CNN´s Reliable Sources with host Brian Stelter, the Post´s Paul Farhi said "the outrage was from the right, the idea that Sarah Palin and, by the way, a woman, obviously was

  



In surprise, Steve Stockman
challenges John Cornyn
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 9:53:15 PM     Post Reply
Firebrand Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman on Monday mounted a surprise primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), setting the stage for the latest potentially explosive battle between a tea party darling and an incumbent firmly backed by the GOP establishment. Stockman, a far-right conservative who has called for the president’s impeachment, filed for the seat minutes before the 6 p.m. local deadline, confirmed Spencer Yeldell, a spokesman for the Republican Party of Texas. Cornyn — with cash-on-hand clocking in at nearly $7 million — is still the heavy favorite, but Stockman’s entry into the race could force

´Sound of Music´ actress
Eleanor Parker dies at 91
Associated Press, by Jessica Herndon    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 9:51:58 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES— Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in "The Sound of Music," has died at 91. Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. "She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs," Gale added. Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951 and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965´s "The Sound of Music," in which

Report: Unions Funding GOP Super
PAC That Targets Tea Party
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/9/2013 9:47:09 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, the National Journal reported that "documents filed by other groups show that two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers´ International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group [the Defending Main Street super PAC] in September and October." The Defending Main Street super PAC was organized at the end of 2012 by former Congressman Steve LaTourette (R-OH), and has very publicly declared war on the Tea Party. It is affiliated with and has offices at the same location as the Republican Main Street Project, which LaTourette currently

Bush Spends 90 Minutes
with Reporters on Air Force
One, Obama Avoids Them
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/9/2013 9:46:33 PM     Post Reply
There’s nothing like a communal flight with the current president of the United States and his predecessor to make the press miss the days of a communicative commander in chief. George W. and Laura Bush joined the Obamas on Air Force One en route to Johannesburg, South Africa, for a Nelson Mandela memorial service. Hillary Clinton was also on board, with Bill and Chelsea coming to the service from a Clinton Global Initiative event in Rio. The Obamas have stayed in their cabin for the flight, according to the White House pool report from the refueling stop in Senegal, while

Obama Becomes First President to
Acknowledge Existence of Area 51
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/9/2013 9:39:06 PM     Post Reply
“I think I just became the first president to ever publicly mention Area 51,” President Barack Obama joked at Sunday night’s Kennedy Center Honors event at The White House. The line got a big laugh from the audience in attendance, but he may have been telling the truth. This year’s honorees included Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, and Billy Joel. But it was during his remarks about actress Shirley MacLaine, who wrote about her own UFO sightings in her memoir Sage-ing While Age-ing that the president brought up the top secret military base in southern Nevada. “Now, when you first become

Xbox Live among game services
targeted by US and UK spy agencies
Guardian (UK), by James Ball    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 12/9/2013 9:35:24 PM     Post Reply
To the National Security Agency analyst writing a briefing to his superiors, the situation was clear: their current surveillance efforts were lacking something. The agency´s impressive arsenal of cable taps and sophisticated hacking attacks was not enough. What it really needed was a horde of undercover Orcs. That vision of spycraft sparked a concerted drive by the NSA and its UK sister agency GCHQ to infiltrate the massive communities playing online games, according to secret documents disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The files were obtained by the Guardian and are being published on Monday in partnership with the

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