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Democrats use new power
to tilt appeals court
Associated Press, by Henry C. Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 4:21:16 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Majority Democrats in the Senate won approval Tuesday for one of President Barack Obama´s key judicial nominees, the first of his picks to win confirmation since they weakened the chamber´s filibuster rules. Senators voted 56-38 to approve Washington lawyer Patricia Millett to join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the nation´s second most powerful court. Both sides saw Millett´s appointment as pivotal. It will give Democratic-appointed judges a 5-4 majority over those chosen by Republican presidents for that court, which rules on the legality of White House actions and federal agency regulations. Obama praised

The Damage of a Handshake
National Review Online, by Otto J. Reich    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:13:55 PM     Post Reply
American presidents should avoid shaking the hand of dictators, especially those that have American blood on theirs. One example of many: Raul Castro was Minister of Defense in 1996 when Cuban Air Force MiGs, cold-bloodedly and over international airspace, destroyed two civilian U.S. airplanes with four American rescue workers on board. President Clinton rightly condemned the attack as cowardly, while Raul Castro decorated his pilots for bravery. That incident alone illustrates the difference between the two systems that are embodied in the two leaders. President Obama seems unaware of the importance of his office or of the mantle of honor

Left Hook
Slate, by David Weigel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:12:04 PM     Post Reply
Before we all forget about the latest spat between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the banks, before it’s downgraded to an anecdote in Game Change III: The Changeling, let’s reflect on how the media got dragged into it and covered the story on Warren’s terms. Short version: Two honchos at the center-left think tank Third Way wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed warning that a proposal to expand Social Security was foolishness and “economic populism is a dead end for Democrats.” A clutch of progressives—or, if you prefer, economic populists—demanded that elected Democrats distance themselves from the op-ed. The senior senator

  


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Jobs doctor’s house
deal raises eyebrows
New York Post, by Kaja Whitehouse    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:07:40 PM     Post Reply
Fresh questions about Steve Jobs’ liver transplant have been raised after it emerged that the doctor who performed the surgery spent two years in the Memphis, Tenn., house Jobs bought for his recovery. Dr. James Eason, who performed the March 2009 liver transplant, moved into the palatial house Jobs bought for his recovery just a few months after the operation, according to a report. It isn’t the first time questions have been raised over whether Jobs, a California resident, received an unfair advantage in landing the Memphis transplant. Eason lived in the house in midtown Memphis for two years before

Obamacare´s next threat:
Inertia among the uninsured
CNBC, by Dan Mangan    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/10/2013 4:05:44 PM     Post Reply
There´s knowing what you have to do and then there´s actually doing it. And the results of a new survey suggest the health-care reform law may be falling short on both accounts among the uninsured—the group Obamacare is designed to help the most. The findings of the survey by the Transamerica Center for Health Studies suggest that Obamacare´s goal of providing affordable health insurance to millions of Americans faces widespread inertia. Although more of the survey´s respondents knew about components of the law compared with a prior survey over the summer, not many of those polled are enrolling for coverage

‘Because’ Is the New ‘Whatever’
American Magazine, by Robert McHenry    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/10/2013 4:01:17 PM     Post Reply
A minor eruption of articles and blog posts has noted the emergence of a new grammatical entity, the “prepositional because.” That’s the label for this construction: “Let´s start with the dull stuff, because pragmatism.” That’s how one of the articles, in The Atlantic, cleverly begins. “Because,” up to now one of the popular subordinating conjunctions, here is dubbed a preposition because, well, nothing else even remotely fits. Much discussion has ensued about the linguistic versatility of the construction. It turns out, upon examination, that “because” can be followed not just by a noun but by a verb, an adjective, or

Dan Rather’s Obsession
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/10/2013 4:00:56 PM     Post Reply
Dan Rather was once among the most powerful figures in American media. Which is why watching him today is a particularly poignant and painful thing. Consider Mr. Rather’s appearance with CNN’s Piers Morgan Monday night. When asked about the recent, erroneous Benghazi report on 60 Minutes that led to a leave of absence for reporter Lara Logan, Rather compared that story to the one that ruined his career: “With our story, the one that led to our difficulty, no question the story was true. What the complaint… was ‘Okay, your story was true, but the way you got to the truth was

  


  

Praising MSNBC with faint damn
Breitbart the Conversation, by John Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 3:31:46 PM     Post Reply
In response to Dylan Byers: MSNBC Is Everything the Left Accuses Fox News of Being: The Byers criticism of MSNBC was interesting and significant because it exists at all, but he´s still praising them with faint damn. He goes out of his way to drag Fox down to their level over and over again; he´s willing to concede that MSNBC might be as bad as Fox, when to any objective observer, there is simply no comparison. MSNBC is a gutter-dwelling performance-art interpretation of a shrieking-loon far left website, not a news channel with a high percentage of left-leaning opinion.

BBC sends 100 staff to South Africa
for Nelson Mandela memorial
Telegraph (UK), by Claire Carter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2013 3:25:44 PM     Post Reply
More than 100 members of the BBC have been deployed to South Africa to cover Nelson Mandela’s death and memorial service. Staff were flown out to cover the story in the week the corporation received more than 1,000 complaints from viewers about local news and the storms being ignored to cover his death. (Snip) Far fewer staff were dedicated to the coverage on other channels, with nine people including a presenter, correspondents and camera operator from ITV sent out to South Africa. A spokeswoman for the BBC said: “Over a ten-day period we expect to have deployed around 120 journalists, technicians and support

Obama-Castro Handshake: MSNBC´s Chuck
Todd Rips Fox News for ´Pandering´
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 3:15:32 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC anchor and NBC News political director and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd lashed out at Fox News for what he described as "pandering to an audience" over their coverage of President Obama´s enthusiastic handshake with Cuban dictator Raul Castro at Tuesday´s memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Chuck Todd ? @chucktodd Follow Really? An entire segment on a handshake? Good grief; pandering to an audience 10:37 AM - 10 Dec 2013 The irony of an MSNBC anchor accusing another network of pandering to their audience requires no explanation. Todd joins CNN, Politico´s Dylan Byers, and a number of other

Antarctica recently experienced
the coldest day in recorded history
The Week, by Chris Gayomali    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/10/2013 3:14:35 PM     Post Reply
A mild snow dusted New York City this morning, transforming ordinarily grumpy commuters into grumpy commuters who were also cold and wet. And while frigid winter weather continues to batter most corners of the country, it´s still a distant cry from just-in temperature readings from Eastern Antarctica, which recently experienced the coldest day in recorded history. Just how cold is cold? According to new NASA satellite data, the region hit a bone-chilling -135.7 degrees Fahrenheit (-93.2 degrees Celsius) back in August 2010, shattering the previous world record set at the Russian research station in Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983

  


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Mandela´s final act of peace:
Obama shakes hands with Fidel
Castro´s brother (before selfies with
David Cameron and Danish PM)
Associated Press, by Louise Boyle*    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/10/2013 3:12:38 PM     Post Reply
President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro today, an unprecedented gesture of friendship which occurred, fittingly, at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. [Snip] Obama greeted a long line of world leaders and heads of state attending the memorial service in Johannesburg after flying to South Africa with a U.S. delegation which included former presidents Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Jimmy Carter along with their families. Obama also shook hands with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who has clashed with the U.S. President over alleged National Security Agency spying. He was later spotted in the VIP stands posing

Gawker, Huffington Post, Politico,
Soros Slime Fox News Boss Ailes
with Coordinated Attack
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 3:12:06 PM     Post Reply
Another week, another flimsy attack in Gawker´s years-long crusade against Fox News and its CEO, Roger Ailes. This time, Gawker excited liberal mass media with a scandalized report on legal minutiae related to a settlement between Fox News and a former executive, Brian Lewis, who headed up public relations for the channel. Ailes fired Lewis last July "for cause," the story lending itself to media suggesting the departure exclusively resulted from communications with Soros-backed Ailes biographer Gabriel Sherman. In fact, a Breitbart News report cites a source close to the story then saying

IG Report: EPA Employees Get Slaps
on the Wrist for Integrity Violations
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Lachlan Markay    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 3:09:56 PM     Post Reply
Environmental Protection Agency employees received light punishments for “employee integrity” violations and avoided prosecution when crimes allegedly occurred, according to the agency’s inspector general. The IG revealed a list of employee integrity violations that included assault, illegal possession of a weapon, and efforts to solicit improper personal payments from agency contractors, among other violations. Many received light punishments for the offenses, including ethics counseling, short leaves of absence, and informal discussions with supervisors. One employee was sentenced to 18 months of probation for attempting to carry a knife, stashed in one of his shoes, onto a plane. Despite the criminal prosecution, the

Exclusive: Amnesty for Military Members´
Illegal Relatives Full of Loopholes
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 3:07:05 PM     Post Reply
A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) provided to Breitbart News exclusively ahead of its public release shows that President Barack Obama’s new amnesty for illegal aliens related to members of the U.S. military is a system full of loopholes. On Nov. 15, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new memo detailing a new policy through which the Obama administration planned to exempt a new category of illegal aliens from deportation and other forms of enforcement of immigration law. CIS’s John Feere, in his report on the topic, detailed what the administration tried to make it

  


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HHS Spending $55.5 Million to
‘Bolster’ Healthcare Workforce as
Obamacare Causes Doctor Shortages
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 3:07:01 PM     Post Reply
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is spending an additional $55 million to “bolster” the healthcare workforce, as Obamacare contributes to shortages in the industry. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last week that her agency will provide over 270 grants “from diversity to dentistry” to address worker shortages in the healthcare industry. The funding includes $45.4 million to support the nursing workforce, $5.2 million of which will go towards “improving nursing diversity.” The grants also provide $2.4 million for training of doctoral-level psychologists to “address the behavioral health needs of vulnerable and underserved populations,” and $3 million to support

Office Depot picks Florida over
Illinois for new headquarters
Chicago Tribune, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 3:00:23 PM     Post Reply
Office Depot said Tuesday it has chosen Boca Raton, Fla. for its new headquarters over Naperville. Office Depot completed its merger with Naperville-based OfficeMax last month, but the pair hadn´t yet announced where the combined company would be based. The companies asked for tax breaks from both states. Illinois lawmakers adjourned last week before making a decision. Last month, the company named Roland Smith, the former head of the U.S. unit of supermarkets operator Delhaize Group, as its new CEO, hoping to tap into his turnaround and integration background. The company said the evaluation of its headquarters selection was based

Center for American Progress
is moving its headquarters
into the White House
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 2:56:24 PM     Post Reply
The most influential think tank in Washington is getting a new address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Metaphorically speaking, of course. But The Center for American Progress has so many contributors, fellows, and staffers who already work there they may as well make it offical and change the address on their business cards. This is especially true now that the founder and chairman of the board of CAP, John Podesta, is going to work for Obama. New York Times: President Obama, after a rocky year that leaves him at the lowest ebb of his presidency, is bringing into his White House circle the longtime

Michelle Obama Is Not
Amused at Mandela Memorial
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 2:50:24 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama may be recalling the lessons and story of Nelson Mandela at a memorial in South Africa today, but a series of photographs on the internet suggest another story may be being told. A series of pictures posted on the twitter account of ‘Stun’ show President Obama chatting with the prime minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, as Michelle Obama looks on in a not-so-pleased manner.

Former WH Speechwriter:
Records Would Exist if
Obama Met with Sebelius
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/10/2013 2:49:18 PM     Post Reply
Addressing a Government Accountability Institute report that found that President Barack Obama has not had a single one-on-one meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius since Obamacare passed over three years ago, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush said that if Obama and Sebelius met as regularly as they claimed, the White House would have the records to prove it. Appearing on Fox News´s The Kelly File on Monday, Marc Thiessen, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said that "every single meeting the president has" is

  



Wasserman Schultz on Not Yet
Enrolling in Obamacare: ‘I’m
a Little Busy, So’
Cybercast News Service, by Barbara Boland    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 2:46:40 PM     Post Reply
Four days before the legal deadline, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said she had not yet signed up for Obamacare, but was still mulling over the plans and what might work best for her family. As of Dec. 9, the deadline for members of Congress, Wasserman’s office had not responded to CNSNews.com’s inquiry on whether the lawmaker had enrolled. In a CNN interview on Dec. 5, host Wolf Blitzer asked Rep. Wasserman Schultz, “Because you’re a member of Congress, you have to go to the healthcare.gov website. Have you done that already?” The congresswoman said, “Yes, I’m in the middle

Uruguay set to become first
country to legalize marijuana trade
Reuters, by Malena Castaldi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/10/2013 2:05:15 PM     Post Reply
Montevideo - Uruguay´s Senate is expected to pass a law on Tuesday making the small South American nation the world´s first to allow its citizens to grow, buy and smoke marijuana. The pioneering government-sponsored bill establishes state regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana and is aimed at wresting the business from criminals. Cannabis consumers would be allowed to buy a maximum of 40 grams (1.4 ounces) each month from state-regulated pharmacies as long as they are over the age of 18 and registered on a government database that will monitor their monthly purchases.

Did Obama know date of
Mandela’s death was June 26, 2013?
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 12/10/2013 1:59:59 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama may have already known the real date of Nelson Mandela’s death and studiously planned funeral when he made his June 2013 African trip—and was even able to take the photo he would later Tweet on the day of Mandela’s officially announced death while he was still in South Africa. Claiming to defer to Mandela family members on visiting the ailing Mandela during his June 28-30 whistle-stop trip through Johannesburg, Obama instead met with South African President Jacob Zuma. Zuma was one of the key figures who kept the news that doctors had been keeping Mandela alive in a vegetative

Russia to boost military presence in
Arctic as Canada plots north pole claim
Guardian [US] & Agencies, by Luke Harding    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/10/2013 1:53:26 PM     Post Reply
The political temperature in the Arctic rose on Tuesday when Vladimir Putin vowed to step up Russia´s military presence in the region in response to a claim by Canada to the north pole. In typically trenchant style, Putin told his defence chiefs to concentrate on building up infrastructure and military units in the Arctic. He said the region was again key to Russia´s national and strategic interests, following a retreat in the post-Soviet period. His comments were a direct and rapid riposte to Canada, a rival Arctic power. John Baird, said his government had asked scientists to work on a submission to the UN arguing

Jimmy Carter: Obama-Castro
Handshake ‘Was Something Significant’
CBS News [DC] & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/10/2013 1:35:22 PM     Post Reply
JOHANNESBURG — World leaders and joyous, singing South Africans honored Nelson Mandela on Tuesday at a Soweto soccer stadium that was two-thirds full amid cold, driving rain. The crowds booed South African President Jacob Zuma, who was to give the keynote address at the service, which started an hour late. Many South Africans are unhappy with Zuma because of state corruption scandals, though his ruling African National Congress, once led by Mandela, remains the front-runner ahead of elections next year. (Snip) Former President Jimmy Carter, who was at the memorial, called the handshake “significant.”

Meet the Robot Telemarketer
Who Denies She’s A Robot
Time Magazine, by Zeke Miller & Denver Nicks    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/10/2013 1:32:58 PM     Post Reply
The phone call came from a charming woman with a bright, engaging voice to the cell phone of a TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer. She wanted to offer a deal on health insurance, but something was fishy. When Scherer asked point blank if she was a real person, or a computer-operated robot voice, she replied enthusiastically that she was real, with a charming laugh. But then she failed several other tests. When asked “What vegetable is found in tomato soup?” she said she did not understand the question. When asked multiple times what day of the week it was yesterday, she complained repeatedly of a bad connection.

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