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President Obama Takes
‘Funeral Selfie,’ Internet Goes
Wild Over Michelle’s Expression
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/10/2013 12:09:42 PM     Post Reply
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.

Meeting with Newtown families, Joe
Biden to announce mental health push
Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 12:08:01 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday will announce $100 million in government spending on mental health services, trumpeting the investment during a meeting with family members of victims from the massacre in Newtown, Conn. The Department of Health and Human Services will spend $50 million to “establish or expand behavioral health services for people living with mental illness or addiction” and the Department of Agriculture will finance another $50 million “for the construction, expansion or improvement of mental health facilities in rural areas over the next three years,” according to a White House official. The HHS funding is being made available

D.C. Circuit Court has Democratic
majority bench for first time since
Reagan administration
Washington Examiner, by Sean Lengell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 12:03:46 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, considered the nation´s second-most influential court behind the Supreme Court, now tilts Democratic, thanks to the Senate´s new filibuster rules. The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Obama nominee Patricia Ann Millett to the appeals court, a long-delayed move that bring the bench´s judicial lineup to nine — with five judges appointed by Democratic presidents and four by Republicans. Millett, who was confirmed by a vote of 56-38, will be just the sixth woman ever to serve on the court in its 120-year history. "Patricia Millett has risen through the ranks of government



GM Taps Mary Barra Next CEO;
Will Be First Woman Car Chief
Forbes, by Dale Buss    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 12:02:40 PM     Post Reply
General Motors GM -0.22% CEO Dan Akerson and the GM board have selected product chief Mary Barra to succeed him, the company said today, and Akerson is retiring in January. The move will make 33-year GM veteran Barra the first woman to lead a global automaker. Arguably, it will make her the highest-profile female CEO in the world. It also set in motion a cascade of other management changes in the biggest re-set of the automaker’s leadership since the 2009 U.S.-government bailout. But all the moves were internal. Akerson accelerated the timing of his exit by several months because of

Harry Reid Urges Republicans to
Fix a Law They Opposed All Along
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 11:55:08 AM     Post Reply
Not a single Republican voted for the Affordable Care Act, but they must now help Democrats make the law work, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. Although the rollout of the Obamacare website was "rocky," many of the major problems have been fixed, he said. "There are still problems with the Affordable Care Act and ways we can make it better. But we can´t improve the law without help from reasonable Republicans. It´s time for my Republican colleagues to give up their fantasy of repealing a law that´s already benefiting tens of millions of Americans and start

More Physicians Are Refusing to
Accept Any Third Party Insurance
Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Hollingsworth    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 11:50:22 AM     Post Reply
A small but growing number of physicians are not accepting government insurance, such as Medicare and Medicaid, and are even refusing to accept patients’ private insurance, according to Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). Orient says the transition to a business model in which patients agree to pay doctors directly for the health care services they provide started before Obamacare was passed, but that the new law has accelerated the trend, especially among AAPS’ 4,000 or so members. AAPS is the conservative alternative to the much larger American Medical Association (AMA), which endorsed Obamacare

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer:
No extremists on our side of the aisle
Washington Times (D.C), by Seth McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 11:39:33 AM     Post Reply
Democrats have blamed much of the gridlock on Capitol Hill on a number of GOP extremists who won’t accept legislation that is not perfect in their minds. Asked by Kenneth G. Langone, the co-founder of Home Depot, whether there are any extremists in the Democratic ranks, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said no. “I don’t think there are any extremists in my party,” the Maryland Democrat said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” Mr. Langone expressed disbelief at the comment. “What more can I say,” he said. “The other guys are the bad guys, you are the good guys.” Mr. Hoyer said



Netflix Acquires Documentary
on Romney´s Two Campaigns for President
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 11:32:52 AM     Post Reply
“Netflix is casting its vote for Mitt Romney,” quipped The Hollywood Reporter. The video streaming service has acquired a Greg Whiteley documentary titled “Mitt” that will debut January 24. The behind-the-scenes documentary on Romney’s campaigns for president from 2006 to 2012 with a “surprising level of access” to the candidate will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 17. Lisa Nishimura, Netflix vice president of original documentary and comedy, declared "This rare inside look at Mitt Romney and his family as he runs for president showcases a unique kind of storytelling, one which takes the viewer well beyond the

Obama, Cameron take a selfie
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 11:29:08 AM     Post Reply
Everybody is taking selfies these days, it seems. Even President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron got into the self-portrait act Tuesday at Nelson Mandela´s memorial service. We´re not sure whose smart phone was used, though Obama has said he doesn´t have an iPhone because of security concerns. We´re also not positive who the other person in the snap is -- the AFP photo caption didn´t identify her -- but it looks an awful lot like Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, appears to be paying attention to the program. "Selfie," which is the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year

NBC´s Williams: Obama Shaking
Hands With Raul Castro ´One of
the Better Moments´ at Mandela Memorial
Newsbusters, by Kyle Drennen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 11:28:02 AM     Post Reply
Reporting from South Africa on Tuesday´s NBC Today about the memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela, Nightly News anchor Brian Williams noted how the "dignitary section has some criminals, some thieves, some kings, some presidents" and that "Several have been life-long sworn enemies." He then proclaimed that President Obama´s "handshake with [Cuban leader] Raul Castro was one of the better moments." [View video after the jump] Williams gushed that oppressive dictators sitting side by side with democratically elected leaders of the free world was somehow part of Mandela´s legacy: "What would Nelson Mandela say to all of them and say to

How Presidents Lie
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 11:14:12 AM     Post Reply
In the past there have been all sorts of presidential fibbing. Some chief executives make promises that they know they probably cannot or will not keep. Before his reelection for his third term in the midst of a world war, Franklin Roosevelt swore that he would never send American boys to fight in a foreign war. In just a little over a year, he did just that. Lyndon Johnson likewise before the 1964 election said he would not send troops to Vietnam. But once reelected, he sent nearly 200,000 troops to fight the North Vietnamese; by the time he left



Polls Find Big Trouble
Ahead for Democrats
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 11:06:01 AM     Post Reply
Colorado has been taken over by Democrats over the past few election cycles. But left-leaning PPP’s latest poll suggests that the Democrats are losing their grip on the state. The recalls of two Democratic State Senators in September weren’t an anomaly when it comes to how Colorado voters are feeling about the state legislature. Republicans lead the statewide generic legislative ballot by a 47/42 margin, including a 41/30 advantage with independents. Those numbers are perhaps also indicative of how much trouble Democrats would be in at the top of the ticket next year if the GOP candidate fields were a little

Club for Growth won´t help Stockman
The Hill (Washington DC), by Cameron Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 11:00:38 AM     Post Reply
The Club for Growth said Tuesday it won´t help Rep. Steve Stockman´s (R-Texas) primary challenge against Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). The conservative group said it has no problem with Cornyn and won´t spend the millions of dollars necessary to help the cash-strapped Stockman in the race. “While Congressman Stockman has a pro-economic growth record, so does Senator Cornyn, as witnessed by his 87 percent lifetime Club for Growth score,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a statement. Chocola said the Club´s PAC looks at the strength of the incumbent´s record, the degree of difference between the candidates and

Festivus pole to go up in
Florida Capitol rotunda
Sun-Sentinel [Ft. Lauderdale, FL], by Jim Turner    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/10/2013 11:00:25 AM     Post Reply
TALLAHASSEE —A nearly 6-foot-tall "Festivus" pole made from empty beer cans will be put up in the Florida Capitol this week as a not-so-subtle protest to the recent placement of a Christmas nativity scene. The mock monument will be erected most likely on Wednesday in the same first-floor rotunda as a nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ put up last week by the Florida Prayer Network. "I still chuckle, I literally can´t believe there will be a pile of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans in the state rotunda," said Chaz Stevens, a Deerfield Beach resident who applied to the

Christiane Amanpour Gushes as
Obama Shakes Hands with Castro
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 10:56:20 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama declined even to attend the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Instead of attending, he dispatched a pair of former secretaries of state to attend. Obama attended the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa and addressed the service. He also mixed and mingled, and CNN had its cameras trained on his every move, capturing this revealing moment. “Castro! He’s shaking hands with Raul Castro!” Amanpour shouts as Obama seeks Castro out, bows to the Cuban dictator and takes his hand. After Amanpour gushed over Obama’s shaking hands with the head of a brutal communist regime



Federal exchange sends
unqualified people to Medicaid
USA Today, by Jayne O´Donnell    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/10/2013 10:53:33 AM     Post Reply
The federal health care exchange is incorrectly determining that some people are eligible for Medicaid when they clearly are not, leaving them with little chance to get the subsidized insurance they are entitled to as the Dec. 23 deadline for enrollment approaches. State and industry officials haven´t quantified the problem yet, but the National Association of State Medicaid Directors may release information next week after following up on reports from around the country, says Executive Director Matt Salo. Here´s what happens: When consumers applying for insurance put their income information into subsidy calculators on HealthCare.gov — the exchange handling insurance sales for

Dem Pollster Shocked to Find
No Racism in Tea Partiers, So
They Invent Some
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 10:51:32 AM     Post Reply
The Democratic pollster Democracy Corps, commissioning research from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, recently dug into that foreign species commonly referred to as “the conservative voter.” In a dispatch that reads like the curious field notes Charles Darwin scribbled while observing the natural wonders of the Galapagos, the Democratic pollsters have found that the family Republican is made up of a variety of genera, including moderates, tea partiers and socially conservative evangelicals. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pollsters discovered that these factions are distinct and not especially friendly towards one another; but the report is not without surprising findings. The top of that list is the

Elian Gonzalez Makes 1st
Trip Abroad Since 2000
Associated Press, by Peter Orsi    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/10/2013 10:51:08 AM     Post Reply
HAVANA — Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban boy who survived a boat sinking and became a political football during the 2000 U.S. presidential campaign as the subject of an international custody fight, is on his first trip overseas since being reunited with his father. Cuban state-run media say Gonzalez is in Ecuador this week as part of a 200-strong delegation to the 23rd World Festival of Youth and Students, which runs through Friday. In a recent interview published on the official website Cubadebate, Gonzalez said living in Cuba afforded him more privacy than if he had stayed in the United

Court Rules Fox’s Jana Winter
Doesn’t Have to Reveal Sources
in James Holmes Case
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 10:49:45 AM     Post Reply
On Tuesday morning, New York’s top court ruled that FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter cannot be forced by a Colorado court to reveal her sources regarding a major story about the Aurora movie theater shooter. Voting 4-3 in favor of Winter, the New York State Court of Appeals reversed a lower court order and effectively prevented Winter from having to be subpoenaed by the Colorado court. “[A]n order from a New York court directing a reporter to appear in another state where, as here, there is a substantial likelihood that she will be compelled to identify sources who have been promised

Megyn Kelly to Leno: Ask
Karl Rove if I’m ‘This
Conservative Operative’
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 10:45:04 AM     Post Reply
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly made her inaugural appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Monday night and discussed how she went from practicing law to hosting a primetime show on Fox, how much fun she has catching politicians in their dissembling, and why she so dislikes Anthony Weiner (aside from the obvious). “I’m a straight news anchor, I’m not one of the opinion hosts at Fox,” Kelly said. “But I always laugh, because I’ll have a conservative pull me aside and say, ‘I love your conservative principles,’ and I’ll say, ‘You assume too much.’ And then the liberals


´Dovekeepers´ miniseries is in
the works at CBS
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 10:40:40 AM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES- CBS says it is adapting U.S. author Alice Hoffman´s 2011 historical novel "The Dovekeepers" as a miniseries to air in 2015. Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are executive producing the project, which is about four extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada in 70 C.E. "After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert," CBS said in a synopsis. "Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman

IRS intimidating health
insurance broker helping
people who lose policies
Washington Times, by Sara Marie Brenner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 10:36:58 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — C. Steven Tucker,the man who helped cancer patientBill Elliott regain his health insurance policy, now believes that he is purposefully being intimidated by the IRS. The Washington Times reported on Thursday that Tucker and Elliott received notices from the IRS on the same day, but for different matters. Since receiving his first notice, Tucker has experienced a series of events that have left him feeling targeted, but very determined. In a follow-up interview with Tucker on Dec. 8, more was learned about the specifics surrounding the IRS actions being taken against him. The Washington Times has also confirmed

Underwood Fires Back at Critics:
´Mean People Need Jesus´
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 10:34:15 AM     Post Reply
Here´s the tweet from Carrie Underwood that has everyone talking... [Tweet] She was responding to some harsh criticism of the "The Sound of Music Live!" which aired on NBC last week, starring Underwood as Maria von Trapp. The show, which still garnered huge ratings, ended up being parodied by "Saturday Night Live" and was even criticized by some of the original "Sound of Music" stars. Actress Kym Karath tweeted that some of the show was "painful to watch." "X Factor" host Mario Lopez joined Fox and Friends this morning to discuss Underwood´s performance and the response. Elisabeth Hasselbeck believes that

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