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Republican establishment bites back
Yahoo News, by Chris Moody    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 6:13:32 PM     Post Reply
Walking out of a private conference room beneath the Capitol Building on Tuesday, Republican House members looked tired. Not the typical "I-had-a-bad-night’s-sleep" tired but something deeper — a look of battle exhaustion. Unlike past meetings in the same place during periods of fever-pitched warfare with Democrats, it appeared — for the first time in a long time — the fire in their bellies that drove them to shut down the government and risk federal default, was, for now, no longer evident. These Republicans had just been briefed on a new, bipartisan budget blueprint that would establish long-term federal government spending

Prosecutor: no domestic
charges against Zimmerman
Associated Press, by Curt Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 6:10:25 PM     Post Reply
MIAMI- George Zimmerman will not face domestic violence charges because his girlfriend did not wish to pursue the case and there was scant evidence of a crime, a state prosecutor said Wednesday. Samantha Scheibe´s decision not to cooperate and the lack of other corroborating evidence would have made the case difficult to prove, State Attorney Phil Archer in Seminole County said in a statement. "There is no reasonable likelihood of a successful prosecution," Archer said. Zimmerman, 30, had faced charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief following a Nov. 18 confrontation at the central Florida house he shared with

Shimkus on Sebelius: ‘It’s Like
Talking to the Republic of Korea’
Cybercast News Service., by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 6:05:36 PM     Post Reply
In a contentious exchange with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over her repeated claims that mandated health services do not raise costs for consumers in the form of higher insurance premiums, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) waved his hand in apparent surrender and said to her, “It’s like talking to the Republic of Korea or something.” Shimkus apparently was referring to North Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, where the Communist rulers there spout pro-government propaganda that is then glowingly reported by state-run media.(Video)



Rachel Maddow to Write Monthly
Column for the Washington Post
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 6:00:51 PM     Post Reply
"The journalistic bond between The Post and MSNBC just grew a bit stronger, as the paper’s opinion section announced that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow will be writing a monthly column." So began Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple´s announcement Wednesday concerning the addition of the perilously liberal Maddow to the Post opinion page.Honestly, if you were the Post, would you want your relationship with the so-called "news network" considered by most to be the biggest farce in journalism to grow stronger? After the high profile dismissal of Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir, is this really the time to be adding

The story behind "that selfie"
Agence France Presse, by Roberto Schmidt    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:57:31 PM     Post Reply
So here’s the photo, my photo, which quickly lit up the world’s social networks and news websites. The “selfie” of three world leaders who, during South Africa’s farewell to Nelson Mandela, were messing about like kids instead of behaving with the mournful gravitas one might expect. In general on this blog, photojournalists tell the story behind a picture they’ve taken. I’ve done this for images from Pakistan, and India, where I am based. And here I am again, but this time the picture comes from a stadium in Soweto, and shows people taking a photo of themselves. I guess it’s a

Guy Who Took Photo of Obama
Selfie Tells Internet to Get a Life
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:55:56 PM     Post Reply
Roberto Schmidt, a German-Colombian photojournalist based in India, saw a moment worth capturing at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Soweto, South Africa on Tuesday, and capture it he did: the ‘selfie’ taken by President Barack Obama along with two other world leaders and next to a p1$$3d-off seeming Michelle Obama, immediately went viral. Mediaite sure covered it, as did most internet publications, and by early afternoon it was gristle for cable news commentators on both the left and the right—much to Schmidt’s dismay. “It’s a sign of our times that somehow this image seemed to get more attention than the event

More Hidden Taxes Funding ObamaCare
MY9NJ.com, by Ronica Cleary    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:46:59 PM     Post Reply
Oakridge, New Jersey - There have been many taxes put in place to help fund Obamacare that are rarely discussed in the media. Michael Studnick, a certified public accountant with Studnick & Associates in Oakridge, New Jersey explained some of the new taxes placed on earned and unearned income. The new earned income tax to help fund Obamacare is 0.9%. "Earned income is compensation from participation in a business, including wages, salary, tips, commissions and bonuses," Studnick explained. This tax will be placed on any income earned over $250K for those who are married and filing jointly. The new unearned income tax is more



White House: Iranian Ballistic
Missile Test Not a Deal Killer
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:44:58 PM     Post Reply
The White House says that an Iranian ballistic missile test would not invalidate a recently signed nuclear accord meant to temporarily halt some of Iran’s most controversial nuclear work. The White House clarified its stance just days before Iran is scheduled to launch another ballistic missile some 75 miles into the atmosphere. The statement contradicts recent remarks indicating that such a test would in fact violate and nullify the weeks-old agreement, which provides Iran with some $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions in exchange for a partial six-month freeze of its uranium enrichment program. A White House National Security

Experts snap at memorial selfies
Politico, by Lucy McCalmont    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:40:14 PM     Post Reply
Nothing good can come of bringing an iPhone to a memorial service. That’s the consensus of etiquette experts who said Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was no time for a picture-perfect moment, but differed over whether it amounted to a serious protocol violation. “I don’t think this was the best time and place, but I also don’t think it was a horrible error in judgment,” Lizzie Post, co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette, told Politico. During Tuesday’s service in Johannesburg, a wire service photo of Obama posing alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister

Hack Podesta Hired
to Shred Constitution
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:32:01 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: John Podesta again has been brought in by Obama to fix this mess, the mess being Obama´s plummeting approval numbers. Now, there is nothing that Podesta can do to repair the damage that´s been done in terms of Obama´s honesty, the perception of his trustworthiness, there´s nothing he can do. So what do liberals do in this case? Now, there´s a truism, folks, gosh, I wish everybody understood this. Liberalism is, no matter what you think, still the minority viewpoint in this country. Among informed people, it is the minority viewpoint. There are a lot of people that vote Democrat and support liberals that have no idea

RSC fires executive director
Politico, by Jake Sherman*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:31:09 PM     Post Reply
The conservative Republican Study Committee, the bastion of right-wing strategy on Capitol Hill, has fired its longtime executive director Paul Teller, accusing him of leaking conversations with lawmakers. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the chairman of the RSC, asked for his resignation, according to a senior Republican aide. Scalise announced the move at a Wednesday RSC meeting on Capitol Hill, a lawmaker present told Politico. “Paul was divulging private, member level conversations and actively working against strategies developed by RSC members,” said the senior GOP aide familiar with the group.



The Match.com Theory
of GOP Marketing
National Review Online, by Fred Schwarz    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:29:13 PM     Post Reply
We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how Republicans need to improve their appeal to women, especially unmarried ones. Commentators offer various advice; a longtime Republican strategist says “GOP congressional leaders should unveil a comprehensive women’s agenda” and “legislation that has a positive [message] that will help female voters in an attempt to soften their image.” The RNC’s much-hyped Growth and Opportunity Project cautions that: Republicans need to talk about people and families, not just numbers and statistics. . . . Women need to hear what our motive is . . . Those are things that cannot be

"Why is Our Government
Doing This to Us?"
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:22:27 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I´m looking at the latest Obama polling data. Folks, there´s a crack in the dike, and I don´t think there´s anything to fix it. A hole in the dike, a crack in the dike, or something. It is bad. And I don´t think that there´s anything they can do about it. They brought in John Podesta, they brought him in from his think tank that George Soros buys, Clinton´s former chief of staff, and all Podesta is is a hack. Podesta is a tactician, and he comes up with strategies and tactics to hopefully destroy conservatives and Republicans. That's not gonna save Obama. The conservatives and Republicans don't have anything to do with this.

GOP Suffers Shutdown Shell Shock
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:08:36 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: I had a number of e-mails from people who thought that I dropped the ball yesterday because I didn´t mention the upcoming budget deal. People thought... The Stick-to-the-Issues Crowd thought that I had dropped the ball. I was spending too much time on jocularity and frivolous, fun things, when the Republicans were about to give away the bank in budget negotiations with Patty Murray and the Democrats. I didn´t drop the ball; I just didn´t discuss it for a very simple reason: There´s nothing I could have done. There´s nothing I could have said on the radio yesterday. There's no interview I could've conducted that was going to

The Biggest Selfie
Boo-Boo Since Weiner
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 5:00:37 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Are you aware of the controversy over that selfie Obama took of himself and the prime minister of Denmark and David Cameron? And there´s more than one photo. I mean, this guy, folks, we gotta be up front here. There is no question Obama was enjoying whatever was going on between the two of them. He took a selfie in the middle of the ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and in all of the pictures Michelle is not looking pleased, not involved, not engaged, not looking happy. In fact, in the series of photos that have been taken, Obama gets up to leave to go make his speech, and when he comes back, Michelle has taken his seat



Book on ´submissive wives´
becomes hit in Spain
Telegraph [UK], by Fiona Govan    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/11/2013 4:46:16 PM     Post Reply
A book advising newly-wed women on how to be "submissive" has become a publishing phenomenon in Spain while outraging feminists who have called for it to be banned. The polemic book by married Italian author Costanza Miriano titled ´Cásate y sé sumisa – Get Married and Be Submissive – was published by the Catholic Arbishopric of the southern city of Granada in November and soared up the bestseller list. The book, which was a bestseller in Italy, preaches a message of "loyal obedience, generosity and submission" on the part of the new wife and offers nuggets of advice for the newly-wed on how to please one's husband.

Mumia supporters liken his
imprisonment to Mandela´s
Philadelphia Weekly, (PA), by Randy LoBasso    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/11/2013 4:37:07 PM     Post Reply
Temple student Walter Smolarek remembers feeling energized when he heard Mumia Abu-Jamal’s voice directed at him. “People, especially young people, can and must build movements that can force politicians to address issues of social justice,” Abu-Jamal, a radical who was convicted of the 1982 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, said in a taped recording played at the Asian Arts Initiative on Saturday. (Snip) Tauheedah Shukriyyah Asad, 29, agrees—and believes Abu-Jamal may be this generation’s Nelson Mandela. “Mumia is doing more in jail than most people are doing out in the world,” she says. “He’s still writing,

Google wants to move into your Home:
Giant plans to fit microphones in ceilings -
and it could happen as soon as 2018
Daily Mail [UK], by Victoria Woollaston    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 4:34:22 PM     Post Reply
Google is already heavily criticised for trying to know almost everything about us, and now the firm wants to get inside our homes, literally. Engineering director Scott Huffman told The Independent that in his vision of the future Google users would have microphones fitted inside their homes. Huffman envisages houses with microphones fitted to the ceiling that act like personal assistants; responding to voice queries and connecting to phones, tablets and other smart devices. He said: ‘Imagine I say ‘Can you bring up a video of the highlights of yesterday’s Pittsburgh Steelers game and play it on a TV in the living room?’ and it works

Canada wants to own the Arctic:
Country lays claim to region
that could hold up to 15% of
the world´s undiscovered oil
Daily Mail [UK], by Ellie Zolfagharifard, Victoria Woolla    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 4:27:32 PM     Post Reply
Canada has made a claim on the North Pole in an effort to assert its sovereignty in the resource-rich Arctic. [Snip] Canada filed the preliminary submission last week based on rules laid out in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which regulates international law for the oceans. If successful, the country will have rights to the polar region´s resources, which is estimated to contain 30 percent of the world´s undiscovered natural gas and 15 percent of oil. While Canada´s Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird announced that the country’s final claim would include the North Pole, he added scientific evidence to back the claim isn't yet ready.

Ryan budget deal gets positive review
at closed-door Republican conference
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Erik Wasson & Russell Berman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/11/2013 4:23:54 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) won positive reviews from skeptical House Republicans on Wednesday morning for the budget deal he negotiated with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), as senior lawmakers predicted a strong vote as early as Thursday. While some conservatives criticized the deal, lawmakers said there was little sign of the kind of revolt that has derailed Republican fiscal plans in the past. The House is likely to vote on the plan Thursday, and because party leaders expect significant support from Democrats, they are not sweating defections from the right flank. “We feel very good about where we are with our members,”


WH: No comment on Obama´s
sign language interpreter
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/11/2013 4:20:38 PM     Post Reply
The White House is declining to comment on reports in South Africa that the man who provided alleged sign interpretation of President Obama´s tribute to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday is a fake. (Snip) White House spokesman Josh Earnest referred questions to the South African government. It would be "a shame" if this incident became "a distraction" from the many tributes to Mandela, including the one from Obama, Earnest said. "This was an historic event," Earnest said. Loening added: "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." At times he looked like

Rep. Steve Stockman Exempts
His Staff from Obamacare
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/11/2013 3:49:56 PM     Post Reply
Like Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), the GOP primary challenger to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), has exempted his staff from Obamacare. In late October, the Washington Times reported that Stockman “said his staff unanimously voted to reject Obamacare enrollment, saying the law subsidizes abortion and is a ‘Ponzi scheme’ that forces young people to pay more for health care.” “Mr. Stockman´s spokesman, Donny Ferguson, said the staff will be designated as ‘not official’ and keep the federal plan,” the Times reported before quoting Ferguson: “I hope Obama will appreciate us doing our part to

Congressman Accuses Agency
of Blocking Obamacare Probe
Bloomberg News, by Kathleen Miller    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/11/2013 3:32:54 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told contractors not to cooperate with Congress’s efforts to investigate work related to the Obamacare website, a top Republican lawmaker said. (snip)The department may have sent similar letters to other contractors working on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, wrote Issa, a California Republican and chairman of the House oversight committee. The department’s actions constitute “criminal obstruction of a congressional investigation,” he said in the letter. Joanne Peters, a health agency spokeswoman, didn’t provide immediate comment on Issa’s accusations.

A Least Bad Budget Deal
Wall Street Journal, by Editors    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 12/11/2013 3:21:08 PM     Post Reply
The best that can be said about the House-Senate budget deal announced late Tuesday is that it includes no tax increases, no new incentives for not working, and some modest entitlement reforms. Oh, and it will avoid another shutdown fiasco, assuming enough Republicans refuse to attempt suicide a second time. The worst part of the two-year deal is that it breaks the 2011 Budget Control Act´s discretionary spending caps for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. The deal breaks the caps by some $63 billion over the two years and then re-establishes the caps starting in 2016 where they are in current

Africa’s militant threat
Telegraph [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 3:12:13 PM     Post Reply
The deaths of two French soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have reminded the world of the deadly seriousness of France’s latest foreign foray to confront Islamists in their former colonies. Hundreds of troops are still in Mali, where they have helped force insurgents out of their northern city strongholds and into the desert. [Snip] While Britain and America continue their disengagement from overseas incursions in Afghanistan and Iraq, it has fallen to the French to take up the challenge posed by the spread of militant Islam in Africa. Long the region’s self-styled policeman, France has experience restoring regimes

Group linked to Hillary Clinton
attacks Chris Christie over
Port Authority lane closure flap
Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), by Jenna Portnoy    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/11/2013 3:03:19 PM     Post Reply
TRENTON — The George Washington Bridge flap just went national. A Democratic group connected to Hillary Clinton is launching an attack against Gov. Chris Christie based on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s closure of lanes to the nation’s busiest bridge, according to a report on CNN.com. (snip)“Correct the Record, formed in part to defend Hillary Clinton, is an arm of American Bridge, an pro-Democratic group that specializes in opposition research. The group launched a graphic Tuesday showing the Republican Garden State leader in front of the George Washington Bridge with a traffic sign that says ‘political retribution’ and

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