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NBC Quietly Deletes Mugabe from
Obama-Castro Handshake Story
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 10:34:07 PM     Post Reply
Earlier Tuesday, NBC News reported that President Barack Obama had shaken hands with Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe. However, the UK Telegraph´s Josie Ensor reported that Obama "was asked to take his seat just before reaching Mugabe." Complicating matters, another article in the UK Telegraph also claimed that Obama had shaken hands with Mugabe--in very similar terms to those used in the NBC article. Breitbart News caught the discrepancy--and suddenly the NBC News article was corrected, with no notice. Before: On his way to the rostrum, Obama also shook the hand of Robert Mugabe, the strongman ruler of Zimbabwe, and hugged Dilma Rousseff, the

Half of Ryan-Murray Budget
Cuts Don´t Happen Until 2022
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 10:24:13 PM     Post Reply
The budget deal announced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would boost federal spending by around $65 billion over the next two years. This new spending is offset by increasing user fees, boosting pension contributions by federal employees and the military, and other minor changes. Ryan and Murray also say that the deal will reduce the deficit by $23 billion over the next 10 years. This reduction, however, doesn´t start until 2022. According to a 4-page summary document of the deal obtained by Breitbart News, "[t]he budget proposal saves $28 billion over ten years by requiring

Obama will extend amnesty for young
illegals, says top White House aide
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 10:19:08 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will extend his mini-amnesty for young illegals, said Cecilia Muñoz, White House director of domestic policy. “As long as this president” is in power, “you will be able to renew your deferred action,” Muñoz told one questioner during an online question-and-answer session on immigration conducted via Skype. So far, Obama’s deputies have granted the two-year “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” amnesty to at least 567,563 illegals, giving them the right to get jobs in every state, get drivers’ licenses in some states, to enroll in school and to receive government aid. Only 21,162 illegals have been rejected. Roughly 11 million

  


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White House: Obamacare hasn´t
damaged president´s credibility
Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 10:17:54 PM     Post Reply
The White House insisted Wednesday that President Obama’s credibility had not been damaged by the botched rollout of Obamacare, despite a series of recent polls showing his diminished standing with the American public. "I don´t think I agree with that conclusion,” White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said of the assertion that fewer Americans trust the president because of broken promises over his signature domestic achievement. However, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 54 percent of respondents disapproved of the president’s job performance, driven mainly by the problem-plagued rollout of Obamacare. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed said Obamacare was

Nelson Mandela and
the Dangers of Deification
Townhall, by Ben Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 10:16:42 PM     Post Reply
The death of iconic South African leader Nelson Mandela prompted torrents of gushing praise from world leaders and media this week. Mandela was widely depicted as a near-flawless human being. BBC presenter Evan Davis said Mandela ranked near Jesus in the "pantheon of virtue"; Bono said Mandela was "stubborn ´til the end for all the right reasons, it felt like he very nearly outstared his maker." But the truth about Mandela is somewhat more shaded. He will be remembered for his magnificent legacy of racial unification in the aftermath of his release from prison in 1990. Mandela´s critics worried, not unreasonably,

Stockman: Budget deal a ´joke and betrayal´
CNBC, by Jeff Morganteen    Original Article
Posted By: trapper- 12/11/2013 9:53:15 PM     Post Reply
House Republicans "capitulated" in agreeing to the two-year budget deal reached last night and left the country to deal with an unsustainable fiscal situation until the peak of the presidential primaries in 2015, when nothing will get done, former federal budget director David Stockman told CNBC on Wednesday. "First, let´s be clear—it´s a joke and betrayal," Stockman, who served under President Ronald Reagan, said on "Squawk on the Street." "It´s the final surrender of the House Republican leadership to Beltway politics and kicking the can and ignoring the budget monster that´s hurtling down the road."

George W. Bush sends Alabama
kicker encouraging letter after
loss to Auburn
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 9:18:43 PM     Post Reply
Alabama kicker Cade Foster has received a lot of hate since missing three field goal attempts in his team’s stunning loss to Auburn, but he has at least one fan: former President George W. Bush. The 43rd president reportedly sent Foster a personalized letter encouraging him to press on through life’s challenges. “Dear Cade (#43), life has its setbacks. I know! However, you will be a stronger human with time. I wish you all the best. Sincerely, another 43, George Bush,” the letter reads. Foster posted a picture of the letter to his Twitter account Wednesday. Foster was inundated with

  


  

Ryan Deal Limits Senate GOP’s
Power to Block Tax Increases
National Review Online, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: JimR3- 12/11/2013 8:59:25 PM     Post Reply
Senate Republicans scrubbing the Ryan-Murray budget deal have come across a little-noticed provision that will limit the GOP’s ability to block tax increases in future years. The bill includes language from the Senate Democrats’ budget to void a budget “point of order” against replacing the sequester cuts with tax increases. (Snip) “This is an appalling power grab that should never have been allowed to be in a final agreement. It’s essentially the ‘nuclear option’ part two, eroding minority rights in the Senate even further. Harry Reid must be very happy,” a Senate GOP aide says.

Cable News Spent Way More
Time on Obama’s Handshake, Selfie
Than It Did on Nelson Mandela
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/11/2013 8:28:04 PM     Post Reply
If it seemed like cable news spent more time covering President Barack Obama’s handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro and “selfie” with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt than they did on the substance of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, that’s because they did. An analysis put together by Media Matters reveals that on Tuesday night, December 10th the big three cable news networks spent an average 62% of their Mandela-themed segments focusing on either the handshake or the selfie, with 38% of that time spent discussing Mandela’s legacy and the rest of the memorial service. CNN appeared to be the worst offender, dedicating

´Some may have paid. Some may not´:
Sebelius gets fuzzy on Obamacare
enrollment numbers as government
falls 70 per cent SHORT of its target
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 8:16:45 PM     Post Reply
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius struggled to fend off the latest round of barbs in a Capitol Hill hearing on Wednesday, following revelations that fewer than 365,000 Americans have enrolled for medical insurance through government-run marketplaces--including a federal website that will ultimate cost $677 million. [Snip] But as of Nov. 30, just over 137,200 Americans had chosen insurance policies through the perennially afflicted healthcare.gov. And nearly another 227,500 enrolled through the 14 state-run insurance exchanges, whose websites have experienced fewer problems. That puts the government about 835,000 enrollments--or 70 percent--behind its intermediate target.

This ´Doc Fix´ Would
Be Bad for Your Health
Wall Street Journal, by Scott Gottlieb    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 8:11:53 PM     Post Reply
Imagine if a provision in ObamaCare allowed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to dictate directly to doctors which services they could and could not provide their patients—what individual tests they could conduct, which treatments they could offer, and medicines they could prescribe. Americans would be outraged. Yet some Republicans on Capitol Hill are about to help Democrats pass such a provision for Medicare patients. The Senate Finance Committee is set to vote on permanent "doc-fix" legislation Thursday that grants the federal government broad new authority to determine "applicable appropriate use criteria" for the full range of outpatient medical

  


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Juking the ObamaCare Stats
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 8:04:23 PM     Post Reply
Most of Washington seems to have bought the White House claim that the 36 federal exchanges are finally working, and glory, glory, hallelujah. But if that´s really true, then what explains the ongoing secrecy and evasion? On Wednesday the Health and Human Services Department continued its Victorian-era strip tease and allowed a glimpse into the Affordable Care Act´s "enrollment" for November. Out of respect for a free press, reporters ought to boycott these releases because they´re so selective that they reveal little about real enrollment. But we´ll try to parse the data as best we can without the White House high

Sexiest Man Alive Embraces
Obamacare to Boost Enrollment
Bloomberg News, by Mike Dorning    Original Article
Posted By: scottyboy- 12/11/2013 7:55:14 PM     Post Reply
The Sexiest Man Alive is being enlisted to spice up Obamacare. Pop singer Adam Levine, who won the designation from People magazine last month, is among the celebrities who’ll be promoting enrollment in online health insurance exchanges as part of a social media campaign kicking off tomorrow. With enrollment totals behind administration projections after the botched start-up of the federal exchange, 17 state exchanges joined by an advocacy group are drawing on Obama administration allies in entertainment and sports to promote sign-ups, using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Reprising a tactic President Barack Obama successfully employed in his 2012 re-election, organizers

´Urgent situation´ on International Space Station
as cooling system fails with six astronauts aboard
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2013 7:31:05 PM     Post Reply
NASA ground control is scrambling to fix an ´urgent situation´ on the International Space Station after a cooling system failed with six astronauts aboard. NASA reported the problem about 5.45pm EST after the integral system stopped working. Initial reports indicate the crew of the $150billion space lab are safe. However, an emergency space walk may be necessary to repair the coolant leak, NBC News reports. Two Americans are among the six crew members. They are Rick Mastraccio, a 53-year-old mission specialist with a background in engineering, and Mike Hopkins, a 44-year-old U.S. Air Force Colonel. Also aboard are Russians Mikhail Tyurin, Oleg Kotov and

Budget Fight Masks the Real Threat
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 7:26:29 PM     Post Reply
Federal Spending: The hue and cry over the two-year budget deal masks the real threat facing the country — the vast and potentially permanent expansion of government by President Obama during his first five years in office. Michael Needham, who heads Heritage Action for America, called the budget deal put together by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a "step backward." He´s right. The plan relies on some of the worst budget gimmicks around. It boosts spending in the next two years by $63 billion, for example, while spreading the promised $85 billion in cuts over 10 years. But it is,

  


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Colin Powell, Once GOP
Dream President, Is Socialist
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 7:22:10 PM     Post Reply
Revelation: Colin Powell, George W. Bush´s secretary of state, has confirmed the suspicion that derailed his plan to run for president: He´s not just a liberal, but a socialist. It´s been a long time ago now, but Powell was once the dream Republican presidential candidate for a lot of pundits, campaign experts and ordinary Americans who appreciated his outstanding military service and pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps success story. Now we find that Powell is with the extreme left of the Democratic Party on health care, supporting European-style single-payer socialized medicine. "I don´t see why we can´t do what Europe is doing, what Canada is doing, what

Obama´s Handshake With
Castro A Deal With The Devil
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/11/2013 7:17:14 PM     Post Reply
Diplomacy: President Obama extended a hearty handshake to Cuba´s iron-fisted dictator Raul Castro just as the latter was beating up dissidents back home on the eve of Human Rights Day. No good will come of this. After six months of secret talks through Cuban emissaries — secrets kept from the American people, not Cuba´s dictatorship — the time seemed right for a flailing U.S. president and a dictator on the skids to shake hands and make nice at Nelson Mandela´s funeral in South Africa. For some shallow observers, it was all about Mandela´s legacy of everyone getting along. But it´s bad for the

Hollywood Reporter´s Women
Breakfast: Oprah Winfrey, Maria
Shriver, Sherry Lansing Bring
Star-Packed Room to Tears
Hollywood Reporter, by Rebecca Ford    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 6:52:26 PM     Post Reply
The Hollywood Reporter gathered some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry Wednesday morning at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the 22nd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast to honor the Power 100 and present Oprah Winfrey with a leadership award named for former Paramount and 20th Century Fox exec Sherry Lansing. Lansing took the stage at the packed event, sponsored by Lifetime, Gucci, Samsung Galaxy, Audi, Roberto Coin, Guggenheim, City National Bank, the Gersh Agency, Loyola Marymount University and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, to speak about Winfrey, whom she called one of her personal idols. "You conduct your life in

76-Year Old Burglary Victim Thwarts Theft
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/11/2013 6:23:47 PM     Post Reply
On December 10th, 76-year old Leon Winder found a burglar hiding in his closet. He opened fire and later told reporters, "I was firing on him and he couldn´t say nothing." According to WVEC of Norfolk, Virginia, Winder called 911 after hearing strange noises in his home. When Winder went into a barbershop attached to his house he found a coat on the floor. As he bent down to pick it up, he saw 37-year old John Buck Fields hiding in the closet and shot at him twice. Said Winder, "He didn´t say nothing. I was firing on him and he couldn't say nothing." The wounded burglar fled the house and was later captured by police.

Stanley Fischer Reportedly Tapped
To Be Next Fed Vice Chairman
Forbes, by Samantha Sharf    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2013 6:19:50 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama reportedly plans to nominate Stanley Fischer to be the next vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. The former Bank of Israel Chief would take over for Janet Yellen when she leaves the post to become Fed chairwoman. Fischer, a dual-citizen of the U.S. and Israel, served as the head of Israel’s central bank for eight-years before stepping down on June 30 of this year. Later this summer, the economist sung the Fed’s praises on the Charlie Rose Show. “The United States managed — although it is hard for Americans to believe — managed the crisis better than

  



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

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