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Air Force Base Takes Down Nativity
Scene Following Complaint
CBS Charlotte/Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/10/2013 8:52:36 PM     Post Reply
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -Officials at Shaw Air Force Base are trying to determine what to do about a holiday display after a Nativity scene was taken down last week. Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Keavy Rake said Tuesday a Nativity display was set up Friday by a group of volunteers from the base chapel at a small lake on the installation. The site was near where a tree lighting ceremony was scheduled Friday evening. Rake says the Military Religious Freedom Foundation lodged a complaint about the display through the Air Force in Washington. Paul Loebe, spokesman for the foundation, said

Obama Is Laying the Groundwork
to Move Without, Around, and
Outside Congress
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 8:38:25 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has recalled John Podesta to work at the White House as a “counselor.” Podesta is the Clinton hand who founded the far-left Center for American Progress (home of the clownish Think Progress blog). Podesta’s appointment, which needs no congressional approval, comes at a time when Obama is already making moves to do without Congress. He has used executive actions to re-write Obamacare, and to recalibrate immigration law, both in ways that just happen to favor either himself or the Democrats. The New York Times reports that Podesta will work on executive actions when he returns to the White

NPR TV Critic Says MSNBC´s a ´Great
Place´ for Obama to Launch Attacks
on Divisive News Networks
NewsBusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 8:28:33 PM     Post Reply
On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, new host Brian Stelter turned to President Obama the press critic. At the end of his cakewalk “Hardball” interview last week, Obama called out the media for being divisive. “The American people are good and they are decent. And yes, we get very divided partly because our politics and our media specifically tries to divide them and splinter them.” Stelter asked a decent question about whether that was an odd statement to make on divisive MSNBC. NPR television critic Eric Deggans shot that down, insisting MSNBC was a “great place” to attack cable news

  


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Today’s Budget Agreement:
Good Politics, Maybe,
But Not Good Policy
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/10/2013 8:20:16 PM     Post Reply
The current continuing resolution on federal spending expires in January, and Paul Ryan (on behalf of the Republican House) has been negotiating with Patty Murray (on behalf of the Democratic Senate) for an agreement to set spending levels for the remainder of FY 2014. It is not hard to understand the political considerations that drive House Republicans: the Democrats have been threatening to shut down the government again, as a means of diverting attention from the Obamacare fiasco. Republican understandably don’t want that to happen. But in policy terms, today’s agreement, while not terrible, represents a step backward. Spending levels

Panetta Revealed Classified Info
to Zero Dark Thirty Filmmaker
Washington Free Beacon, by CJ Ciaramella    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 8:16:48 PM     Post Reply
Former CIA Director Leon Panetta revealed classified information at a 2011 awards ceremony attended by Zero Dark Thirty filmmaker Mark Boal, according to documents obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch. The CIA allowed Boal, the screenwriter of Zero Dark Thirty, to attend a June 24, 2011 award ceremony celebrating the successful raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan that May. A transcript of Panetta’s speech that night obtained by Judicial Watch is labeled “top secret,” and significant portions of it are redacted. At the conclusion his speech, Panetta told the audience, “You have made me proud

How the budget deal could
sink — or make — the tea
party’s No. 1 accomplishment
Daily Caller, by Christopher Bedford    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 8:01:34 PM     Post Reply
UPDATE: Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray unveiled a budget proposal Tuesday night. The proposal, which has yet to be voted on, busts through sequester caps, setting FY 2014 spending at $1.014 trillion — billions beyond the levels mandated by sequester. The proposal contains no mention of pension reform. Conservatives had better start paying attention to the budget battle raging in Washington: If things go south — and they are poised to do just that — the tea party’s single greatest policy victory, the sequester, could be destroyed. And worse yet, it could be destroyed in exchange for nothing. The sequester

Horizon BCBS won´t renew
health plans cancelled
under Obamacare
Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), by Ed Beeson    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/10/2013 7:58:01 PM     Post Reply
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield said it will not renew any small group or individual health plans that were set to expire after this year, despite receiving permission to do so by New Jersey’s insurance regulator. In a statement, Horizon said it was impossible to issue new health plans under a tight time frame before the end of the year. "Horizon BCBSNJ has been working to implement the Affordable Care Act for the past three and a half years, and undoing our work and essentially creating new plans in three weeks has proven to be impossible," said Thomas Rubino, the insurer’s director

  


  

Madagascar village ´hit by bubonic plague´
BBC World News [Africa], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/10/2013 7:49:26 PM     Post Reply
A village in Madagascar has been hit by a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague, medical experts on the island have confirmed. Test were carried out after at least 20 people in the village, near the north-western town of Mandritsara, were reported to have died last week. The International Committee of the Red Cross warned in October that Madagascar was at risk of a plague epidemic. The disease is transmitted to humans via fleas, usually from rats. Bubonic plague, known as the Black Death when it killed an estimated 25 million people in Europe during the Middle Ages, is now

Poll: Views of ObamaCare improve
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 7:44:52 PM     Post Reply
Approval of ObamaCare in the United States has risen eight percentage points in the last month, according to a new poll. Thirty-nine percent of people now approve of the law, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll released Tuesday evening. Half of the public, by contrast, disapproves of ObamaCare, the poll found. Nearly 60 percent say they don’t think the sign-up process for ObamaCare is going well, but more than one-third say it’s improving. These figures come in just ten days after the administration touted the repaired federal portal for the insurance, HealthCare.gov. Obama’s general job approval rating has increased to 42 percent,

Lululemon founder Chip Wilson
resigns in body size row
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/10/2013 7:43:51 PM     Post Reply
Chip Wilson, the billionaire founder of yoga clothing retailer Lululemon, has resigned as chairman over controversial statements about body size. Mr Wilson told Bloomberg TV in November that complaints over "see-through pants" were due to overweight women. Some women´s bodies "just don´t actually work´´ for Lululemon trousers, he said. In March, Lululemon had to withdraw one of its yoga trousers from shops after complaints about the sheer fabric. The company blamed the problems on style changes and production issues, but the complaints continued.

´Compromise has been a dirty word´:
Congressional negotiators reach two-year
budget deal, but House conservatives could
still scuttle it
Daily Mail (U.K.), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/10/2013 7:41:53 PM     Post Reply
The last time a divided U.S. Congress passed a budget deal, President Ronald Reagan was denying he traded arms for Iranian hostages and the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion was fresh in Americans´ minds. But a House Republican and a Democratic senator hope they´ve found a compromise that federal legislators can live with. Washington state Democrat Patty Murray and Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan announced a proposal late on Tuesday that Ryan said focuses ´on where the common ground is´ between America´s two political parties, a deal that would balance the federal budget ten years from now and sidestep the threat of government

  


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Rubio Opposes Budget Deal
National Review Online, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/10/2013 7:39:39 PM     Post Reply
Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) was quick to announce his opposition to the Murray-Ryan budget deal: We need a government with less debt and an economy with more good paying jobs, and this budget fails to accomplish both goals, making it harder for more Americans to achieve the American Dream. Instead, this budget continues Washington’s irresponsible budgeting decisions by spending more money than the government takes in and placing additional financial burdens on everyday Americans. In the short run, this budget also cancels earlier spending reductions, instead of making some tough decisions about how to tackle our long-term fiscal challenges

Rep. Bass: Mandela´s Fight
Against Apartheid Similar
to ´Struggle for Health Care´
Cybercast News Service, by Melanie Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 7:38:07 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), in an appearance on MSNBC´s "PoliticsNation" on Friday, condemned former Sen. Rick Santorum´s comments comparing Nelson Mandela´s fight against apartheid to the fight against Obamacare as "shameful." "And actually if I was going to make a comparison, I would make the opposite comparison, because I think the struggle for justice, which Nelson Mandela led for so many years is similar as the struggle for the health care as a right for people in the richest country in the world, and so the idea that they would make that comparison in the opposite way is just tragic,"

Cruz Walks Out on Castro Speech
at Memorial Service for Mandela
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/10/2013 7:36:58 PM     Post Reply
Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) walked out of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela when Cuban “president” Raúl Castro began speaking. “Senator Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” said Sean Rushton, Cruz’s communications director. “For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents. Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners; he should hold free elections, and once and for all set the Cuban people free.” Earlier in the day, President Obama shook hands with Castro.

Barack Obama takes selfie at
Nelson Mandela memorial
Sydney Morning Herald [AU]*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/10/2013 7:35:41 PM     Post Reply
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place

  


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Active Volcanoes, Not CO2, Are
Melting West Antarctic Ice Sheet
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/10/2013 7:21:36 PM     Post Reply
Junk Science: Researchers have discovered a chain of smoldering active volcanoes under the West Antarctic ice sheet — which happens to be the ice sheet that climate hysterics say is proof of man-caused global warming. The 2004 science fiction movie "The Day After Tomorrow" — and the operative word here is "fiction" — opened with a portion of the West Antarctic ice sheet shearing off as a prelude to planetary doom. But if the researchers depicted in the film had looked deep into the widening crevice, they might have noticed a string of active volcanoes lurking under nearly a mile of Antarctic

End Of Filibuster Brings First
Of Many Radical Judges
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/10/2013 7:17:30 PM     Post Reply
Nuclear Option: The first spoil of Harry Reid´s shredding of the Senate´s historic filibuster rules has been confirmed to the D.C. Circuit. Patricia Millett is another radical activist masquerading as judge. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1990, now-Vice President Joseph Biden threw a fit after it was clear David Souter was going to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, warning the first Bush administration that no more "stealth" nominees would be getting through. Liberals threw an even bigger fit the next year when Clarence Thomas told Biden´s committee he had no "personal opinion on the outcome in Roe v.

How Much Redistribution Is Enough?
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/10/2013 7:14:27 PM     Post Reply
Income Gap: As President Obama laments America´s growing income inequality, a new government report shows the futility of his calls for ever-more wealth redistribution. To deflect attention from ObamaCare´s failures, the president this month trotted out his income inequality chestnut. "A dangerous and growing inequality," he intoned, "has jeopardized middle-class America´s basic bargain." He argued, "as a trickle-down ideology became more prominent, taxes were slashed for the wealthiest, while investments in things that make us all richer, like schools and infrastructure, were allowed to wither." Apparently, nobody bothered to brief the president before he delivered this speech. Fact is, federal transportation spending has

Majority of Americans Believe
Deportation of Illegal Immigrants
Not Agressive Enough
Townhall, by Katie Pavlich    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 7:14:05 PM     Post Reply
According to a new Rasmussen Report, the majority of Americans do not believe the deportation of illegal immigrants living in the United States is aggressive enough. More than 20 House Democrats last week urged President Obama to halt the deportation of illegal immigrants until Congress passes a comprehensive immigration reform plan, but voters by a two-to-one margin oppose that idea. Most already think the federal government is not vigilant enough in deporting those who are in this country illegally. Only 29% of Likely U.S. Voters think the government should stop deporting illegal immigrants until Congress passes an immigration reform plan.

Twitchy Sold To Owners
Of Townhall And Hotair
BuzzFeed.com, by Benny Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 7:08:35 PM     Post Reply
Twitchy, the conservative Twitter aggregation site, has been sold for an undisclosed amount to Salem Communications, the Christian radio conglomerate and owners of Hotair.com and Townhall.com. Jonathan Garthwaite, general manager and editor-in-chief of Townhall.com, confirmed the news to BuzzFeed Tuesday, saying he was “excited” to be folding Twitchy into existing Salem news properties. “Media Matters types would like to paint conservatives as boring, old white guys,” Garthwaite said. “Twitchy adds more fun and humor to our platform, which will appeal to totally different generation and break that stereotype.” Launched in March 2012, Twitchy was the brainchild of conservative author and

  



House, Senate negotiators
reach budget deal
Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 12/10/2013 6:49:16 PM     Post Reply
House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on an $85 billion package to fund the government past Jan. 15, avoid another federal shutdown and end the cycle of budget crises that have dominated Washington for much of the past three years. The deal did not include a key priority of House Democrats who wanted an extension of long-term benefits for the unemployed. But Democrats said they would continue to press Republicans on the issue in hopes of preventing more than 1 million people from losing their unemployment checks at the end of the month.

Ron Johnson on Obamacare:
‘We’ve Got to Start Talking
about Transitioning’
National Review Online, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 6:46:40 PM     Post Reply
In a visit to NR’s New York office, Senator Ron Johnson said the fight against Obamacare is entering a new phase: “We’ve got to start talking about transitioning.” Johnson won his Senate seat in 2010 based in large part on his fierce opposition to Obamacare, which he still adamantly opposes as an assault on Americans’ liberty and criticizes in the harshest terms (look no further than his recent weekly radio address). But simple repeal is no longer enough, he believes. He says that Republicans have to acknowledge that the law now exists. “How do you repeal?” he asks. “Yeah, you

No Love for Obama as Approval
Ratings Hit Record Low in New Poll
Time Magazine, by Eliana Dockterman    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/10/2013 6:40:19 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s job approval among American voters has dropped to negative territory with just 38 percent voicing their approval versus the 58 who says they disapprove, according to a national poll released Tuesday by the independent Quinnipiac University. That is one percent less than the 39% who said they approved of him in last month’s poll. The majority of the 2,692 registered voters the University in early December said that the president is not honest and trustworthy. When asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?,” respondents gave Obama lackluster ratings

Obama´s appointment of Keystone XL
opponent John Podesta to White House
could mean pipeline rejection
Washington Examiner, by Zack Colman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 6:37:33 PM     Post Reply
President Obama´s appointment of Democratic adviser John Podesta, an opponent of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, to the White House could foretell a rejection of the controversial Canada-to-Texas pipeline, environmental groups said Tuesday. Podesta, former President Bill Clinton´s chief of staff and the man who headed Obama´s transition team, is leaving the top post of the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, for a new White House role focusing on climate change. Obama has vowed to lead an active White House on the issue — the president said in June he would rely on his executive authority to

GOP sens. praise Obama´s decision
to tap Podesta, Schiliro
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/10/2013 6:28:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is still holding back on firing anyone for the disastrous first two months of the Obamacare roll-out and instead is adding key staff to help steer a smoother course next year. While critics are still calling for heads to roll, some Republicans say Obama´s decision to bring in two well-known Washington players to help right the ship shows he´s serious about shaking up his second-term strategy and execution. Senators on both sides of the aisle are praising the prospect of Obama tapping veteran Democratic strategist John Podesta, a former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton. This week,

South Africans Are
Indoctrinated to
Hate Bush, Republicans
Breitbart, by Joel B. Pollack    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 12/10/2013 6:15:45 PM     Post Reply
Former President George W. Bush, as the American left gleefully observed, was booed by some in the audience at the memorial for Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank in Soweto, Johannesburg on Tuesday. President Barack Obama, in contrast, received a standing ovation--in which, Twitchy notes, Bush joined enthusiastically. Set aside for the moment the fact that Bush has always comported himself with poise and character regarding his successor--a respect that has rarely been reciprocated by Democrats, before or since.

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