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Bipartisan Budget Deal
Puts Ryan Under Fire
From Fellow Conservatives
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 7:13:08 PM     Post Reply
Representative Paul D. Ryan’s eight terms in Congress have produced much political celebrity and Republican respect but just two laws bearing the Ryan name — a renamed post office and a modified excise tax on arrows like the ones he uses for bow hunting. Then on Tuesday he struck a budget deal with Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, that affixed a new label to the polished veneer of Mr. Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican: deal maker and, to some, traitor. With a modest, bipartisan blueprint on taxes and spending, Mr. Ryan is taking a risk he has previously shied away from, putting

Nuclear Proliferation Poses
Threat To Civilization Itself
Investor´s Business Daily, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 7:10:18 PM     Post Reply
The gangster state of North Korea became a nuclear power in 2006-2007, despite lots of foreign aid aimed at precluding just such proliferation — help usually not otherwise accorded such a loony dictatorship. Apparently the civilized world rightly suspected that, if nuclear, Pyongyang would either export nuclear material and expertise to other unstable countries or bully its successful but non-nuclear neighbors — or both. The United States has given billions of dollars in foreign aid to Pakistan, whose Islamist gangs have spearheaded radical anti-American terrorism. Since a corrupt Pakistan went nuclear in 1998, it has been able to extort such foreign payouts —

Lie of the Year: ´If you like your
health care plan, you can keep it´
Tampa Bay Times [FL], by Angie Drobnic Holan    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/12/2013 6:57:59 PM     Post Reply
It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to America’s health insurance system. "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," President Barack Obama said -- many times -- of his landmark new law. But the promise was impossible to keep. So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong. Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief. Obama and his team

  


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Oprah: I Always Knew
I Didn’t Want Children
Yahoo! Omg!, by Sarah Flanigan    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/12/2013 6:50:02 PM     Post Reply
Oprah Winfrey seems to have it all, but the one thing she never wanted? Kids! While the 60-year-old media mogul did have a baby when she was 14 (the child died weeks after birth), she revealed in the Hollywood Reporter´s Women in Entertainment issue that she´s actually known since she was younger that being a mom just wasn´t for her. "Gayle [King] was the kind of kid who, in seventh grade home ec class, was writing down the names of her children," Winfrey said of her bff. "While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about

House approves budget deal,
handing major victory to Boehner
The Hill (Washington DC), by Erik Wasson & Russell Berman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 6:33:57 PM     Post Reply
The House on Thursday approved a two-year budget deal that turns off $63 billion in sequester spending cuts, handing a major victory to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio.). Large majorities in both parties backed the bill in a 332-94 vote. Only 62 Republicans defected despite harsh criticism of the deal by conservative groups that said it did too little to cut spending. Heritage Action, the Club for Growth and other groups said they would negatively score votes in favor of the legislation, but those threats failed to create a stampede against the bill. Instead, members rallied around Boehner, who had strongly pushed

Missing American in Iran
Was on Unapproved Mission
Associated Press, by Matt Apuzzo & Adam Goldman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 6:20:31 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when it came to light inside the government, produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA - but all in secret, an Associated Press investigation found. The CIA paid Robert Levinson´s family $2.5 million to head off a revealing lawsuit. Three veteran analysts were forced out of the agency and seven others were disciplined. The U.S. publicly has described Levinson as a private citizen.

Stunner: Ed Schultz receiving
big bucks from unions
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/12/2013 6:20:08 PM     Post Reply
Does MSNBC know that one of its hosts is receiving large amounts of money form an interest group whose political activities he covers? Does the network have any journalistic ethics guidelines at all? Elisha Krauss of truthrevolt.org presents the results of a search of Department of Labor archives showing the amounts of money Schultz has received from politically active organizations he covers: Schultz received at least $177,000 from labor unions in 2012; the average median income for an American family is around $44,000 a year. This year alone the DOL shows Schultz has been paid $75,000 by the AFL-CIO; just yesterday AFL-CIO Richard

  


  

Gold Rush: DC Leads in Super Zips
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:41:11 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Well, we may as well stick with this silly budget stuff, ´cause there are a couple of points to be made about it. But it, too, is just part of the daily script of the daily media narrative that´s coming out of Washington. This government´s gonna run whether they get a budget done or not; everybody knows it. Government isn´t gonna shut down. There isn´t any mood to shut down the government. If it does shut down, there´s not any mood to reform it, not right now, for a whole host of reasons. I was watching CNN during the break.

Seattle Vet Offers Medical Pot For Pets
Breitbart´s The Conversation, by Jon David Kahn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:39:19 PM     Post Reply
SEATTLE - Two Seattle veterinarians are pioneering the use of medical marijuana to treat pets. Dr. Sarah Brandon, co-founder of Canna-Pet, says medical cannabis can be used for many ailments plaguing your dog or cat. "Cannibanoids control inflammation to reduce pain from arthritis," she says. "They can help reduce anxiety." Brandon and her colleague Dr. Greg Copas launched Canna-Pet two months ago because citing that traditional pet medicines can have undesirable side effects. For example, Brandon says,"Anti-inflammatories can cause vomiting and Opioids can cause decreased appetite." These are reportedly common arguments to support the use of medical marijuana for humans. However, Brandon

NKorea executes
leader´s uncle as a traitor
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:32:05 PM     Post Reply
PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea on Friday announced the execution of Kim Jong Un´s uncle, calling the leader´s former mentor a traitor who tried to overthrow the state. The announcement came only days after Pyongyang announced through state media that Jang Song Thaek — long considered the country´s No. 2 power — had been removed from all his posts because of allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and leading a "dissolute and depraved life." The state news agency KCNA said a tribunal examined Jang´s crimes, including "attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with

Obamacare: If You Like Your
Medicine, You Can Pay More to Keep It
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:29:55 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Tab in Salt Lake City, great to have you on the program. Hello. CALLER: Yes. Exponential dittos from Salt Lake City, Rush. So glad I got in. RUSH: Thank you very much. CALLER: I wanted to tell you something that has not been advertised in any of the national news in regards to Obamacare, and that is the price increase on my medications. I´m 52 and disabled. I fell 20 feet from a tree. I have no disks between my L3-4, a shattered foot into 62 pieces, a torn meniscus. Anyway, my medications went up from -- this is two months ago

  


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Mike Huckabee quits radio
show, sets sights on 2016 election
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:28:25 PM     Post Reply
Mike Huckabee today ended his daily radio show heard on 200 stations across the nation, the first obvious sign that he is considering another presidential bid in what is shaping up to be a jammed 2016 GOP primary. He has hosted the “Mike Huckabee Show” on Cumulus Media since April 2012, but said that it takes up to nine hours a day to prepare. “As for the new endeavors, at this time, it would best for me to say, ?Stay tuned!´" he wrote on his Facebook page. Supporters won´t have to wait long. On Friday, he is participating in a “Pastors and

Uncle of North Korean
leader executed as ´traitor´
USA Today, by Michael Winter    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/12/2013 5:24:19 PM     Post Reply
The powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been executed as a "traitor for all ages," the official news agency reported. Jang Song Thaek faced a special military tribunal Thursday and was convicted of "anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts" in a bid to overthrow the the communist country´s leadership, KCNA reported Friday in Pyongyang. The state news agency did not say when or how Jang was killed. North Korean media reported Monday that Jang had been purged for crimes that included faction-building, corruption, drug use and womanizing. He was considered the country´s most powerful figure after his nephew. State TV aired

Heritage Action Defends Opposing
Ryan Deal Before Details Announced
National Review Online, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:17:30 PM     Post Reply
A key outside conservative group is defending its opposition to the Ryan deal before the full details of it were known, saying officials from the group had been in frequent discussion with Republican negotiators before signaling they would oppose its general framework. “The people who were very close to the deal knew we were going to be opposed, knew when we were going to come out and be critical of the framework. And we actually talked to them ahead of time and said, ‘hey, are the press reports true? If not, tell us where they’re wrong and we’ll stand back,’” says

Nothing Works! But Secretary Sebelius
Says You´re "Thrilled" with Your Choices
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:11:29 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: "Congressional staffers were warned Wednesday not to rely on information provided by the Obamacare exchange website, in an e-mail alert informing them they might not be enrolled for coverage even if they technically signed up." Congressional staffers told not to rely on information. What about the rest of us, then? "The ´very important´ message, sent to Capitol Hill officials Wednesday afternoon, is the latest sign that the government has concerns about the reliability of the system." No kidding. They only get concerned when members of Congress can´t sign up or when they can´t rely on information provided by the exchange

  


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Country music legend Ray Price
leaving hospital for East Texas
home, leaves final message for fans
KLTV [Tyler TX], by Marshall Stephens    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 5:08:49 PM     Post Reply
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Country Music Hall of Fame member and country music legend Ray Price, 87, plans to leave East Texas Medical Center in Tyler on Thursday to go to his home in Mount Pleasant where he will be provided with hospice care. Price, who is best known for his country classics, including Release Me, Crazy Arms and For the Good Times, has been battling pancreatic cancer since 2011. Since then, the disease has spread to his liver, intestines and lungs, even with aggressive treatment. Price and his wife, Janie, who have been married for 45 years, made the

Shell-Shocked GOP
Still Fears Obama
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:08:22 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Well, this budget deal, I was just telling Mr. Snerdley, folks, I must be honest with you. I´m having trouble getting engaged in it, because I think everybody´s expectations are a bit high here when measured against reality. But I feel duty-bound to discuss this. You know, as I said yesterday, I got e-mail from people thinking that I had shirked my duties as premier talk show host by not talking about this. This is Thursday, so it must have been Monday or Tuesday. And it was clear, I talked to a bunch of people about this. The Republicans

Statistics and Other Taboos
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/12/2013 5:05:15 PM     Post Reply
When politicians and media people call for "a conversation about race," one suspects that what they have in mind is an exchange so one-sided that it would be more lecture than conversation. A detailed confirmation of that suspicion comes from Jen Eyer, who is not from Charlotte but from Michigan. She is "statewide community engagement director for MLive Media Group," which publishes a website for a consortium of midsize Wolverine State newspapers. Eyer has a post--one of a series on what are termed HOT BUTTON ISSUES--titled "How to Discuss Racial Issues on MLive Without Violating the Community Rules." It should be

Thinking Through the Ryan-Murray Deal
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 4:51:08 PM     Post Reply
I haven’t completely made up my mind about it. So I’m just going to think out-loud for a moment. As Christmas presents go, it’s certainly closer to a really sturdy pair of socks than it is to a new bike. And that raises the first point I think people should keep in mind: If you’re of a mind to oppose it, fine. If you’re inclined to support it, fine. But can we please dispense with the overheated rhetoric about it? It is neither a triumph nor an abject surrender. Attempts to turn it into the Defining Issue of Our Generation (until the next one at least), do not help the GOP or the cause in any meaningful way I can see.

Newlywed pleads guilty
to second-degree murder
Associated Press, by Matt Volz    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/12/2013 4:49:46 PM     Post Reply
MISSOULA, Mont.—A Montana newlywed pleaded guilty Thursday to killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park while they argued about her second thoughts about the marriage. The surprise plea agreement with prosecutors came just before closing arguments were set to begin in the trial of Jordan Graham, 22. In exchange for the guilty plea to second-degree murder, prosecutors agreed to drop a first-degree murder charge and a count of making a false statement to authorities. Graham could face a maximum sentence of life in prison when she is sentenced on March 27.

  



What is ´affluenza´? Sentence in Texas
teen´s fatal DWI wreck stirs ire
Associated Press, by Ramit Plushnick-Masti    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 4:49:00 PM     Post Reply
HOUSTON - "Affluenza," the term used by a psychologist to argue that a North Texas teenager from a wealthy family should not be sent to prison for killing four pedestrians while driving drunk, is not a recognized diagnosis and should not be used to justify bad behavior, psychologists said Thursday. The term was popularized in the late 1990s by Jessie O´Neill, the granddaughter of a past president of General Motors, when she wrote the book "The Golden Ghetto: The Psychology of Affluence." It has since been used to describe a condition in which children — generally from richer families —

For the Sake of Repeal,
Support the Deal
Weekly Standard, by William Kristol    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 4:47:03 PM     Post Reply
Let me add a word to my comments from Tuesday night supporting the budget deal. I continue to believe that, as a matter of policy, the defense increase—which at least begins to undo the very considerable damage from a wildly and disproportionately anti-defense sequester—swamps in importance everything else in the deal. Everything else is basically a wash. The defense increase is a real plus. I continue to believe that, as a matter of politics, the deal is very good for Republicans. If passed, it takes another government shutdown off the table, and allows Republicans to focus on fighting President Obama rather

Has John Boehner Learned His Lesson?
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 4:42:43 PM     Post Reply
It was a short sound bite but it was replayed endlessly yesterday, angering some conservatives and leaving liberals chortling. When House Speaker John Boehner was asked during a press conference with other Republican leaders about criticisms from conservative activist groups of the budget deal struck by Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan, he exploded: REPORTER: Mr. Speaking, most major conservative groups have put out statements blasting this deal. Are you – BOEHNER: You mean the groups that came out and opposed it before they ever saw it? REPORTER: Are you worried – BOEHNER: They are using our members and they are using the American people

Newlywed on trial:´I
pushed him and I took off´
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/12/2013 4:40:13 PM     Post Reply
MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana woman on trial for killing her newlywed husband at Glacier National Park told the FBI "I pushed him and I took off." The statement by 22-year-old Jordan Graham was heard on Wednesday, the third day of her trial. She is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody Johnson, 25. Flathead County Deputy Coroner Richard Sine testified that Johnson had an 8-inch fracture on his forehead and was not wearing a wedding ring when his body was found. Jordan Graham´s statement was in a recoding made by an FBI

House Set to Vote on Budget,
With the Right Still in Dissent
New York Times, by Jonathan Weisman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2013 4:37:25 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The House moved toward passage of a bipartisan budget accord on Thursday evening that is intended as a truce in the spending battles that have paralyzed Congress for nearly three years, as leaders in both parties sought to marginalize hard-line conservatives opposed to any compromise. With bipartisan support in hand, Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio declared open warfare on the outside conservative groups that have tried to scuttle the budget deal. For the second day in a row, he accused groups like Club for Growth, Heritage Action and Americans for Prosperity of reflexively opposing a reasonable plan

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