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A Lack of Selfie-Awareness
American Spectator, by Enemy Central    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/13/2013 6:13:04 AM     Post Reply
Obama, you rascal! Who knew? And he recruited his catch with no help from any state trooper, even with Bill Clinton nearby. And to think he did it all right in front of the missus. Certainly a cowering Bill never tried anything funny if Madam Hillary was in the vicinity. The rest of it was rather predictable. From David Maraniss’s biography we knew that pre-Michelle the Lothario liked his girlfriends to be composites. One look at the dirty flirty Danish PM and you have the spitting image mix of Cameron Diaz and Laura Linney. Mrs. O won’t forgive us this, but

Obama’s not finished —
but Democrats may regret it
New York Post, by John Podhoretz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 5:08:54 AM     Post Reply
When supporters of Barack Obama feel compelled to write articles hotly declaring that the president isn’t finished, as many have this week, you know one thing: The idea that he might be finished is very much on their minds. In one sense, the argument is entirely unnecessary. Of course Obama isn’t finished. He’s the president, for God’s sake. Even if his troubles persist and deepen, he still bestrides the narrow world like a Colossus. After all, George W. Bush was “finished” once Republicans lost control of the House and Senate in 2006, yet he managed to turn the Iraq War around with

Looking Back: 19 of the
Most Iconic Photos of 2013
Independent Journal Review, by Emily Hulsey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 5:01:49 AM     Post Reply
As 2013 draws to a close, let’s take a look at a few of the year’s most powerful photos… #1 – Senator Ted Cruz’s daughters watch with delight as he speaks out against Obamacare for 21 hours straight. He pauses to read them Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” just before their bedtime.(Snip for photo)#2 – Former President George W. Bush uses Instagram to show off his granddaughter, Mila, on Grandparents Day.(Snip for photo)#3 – Astronaut Karen Nyberg gets up close and personal with the International Space Station.

  


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Beneath Yellowstone, a volcano
that could wipe out U.S.
News.com.au, by James Seidel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:53:02 AM     Post Reply
It’s the awe-inspiring pride of the United States – and it harbors a deadly power that could kill us all. Yellowstone National Park is pristine wilderness, full of scenic landscape and iconic hot-pools and geysers that attract tens of thousands of visitors every year. But it’s what lies beneath that has scientists scurrying. We’ve long known that Yellowstone is merely the skin on top of a supervolcano – a giant pool of magma sitting just under the Earth’s surface. Exactly how giant has been the subject of much speculation. Until now. A team from the University of Utah have told the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Wife of Pastor Imprisoned in
Iran Says U.S. Government
Abandoned Her Husband
Washington Free Beacon, by Daniel Wiser    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:46:22 AM     Post Reply
The wife of American pastor Saeed Abedini, a religious prisoner in Iran, said the U.S. government has abandoned her husband during a congressional hearing on Thursday. Naghmeh Abedini told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that she was dismayed after learning that her husband’s imprisonment was not raised during the recent nuclear negotiations between Iran, the United States, and other world powers. Saeed Abedini was detained last year for starting Christian house churches in Iran and was later sentenced to eight years in prison for “undermining the national security of Iran.”

Obamacare Disinformation Runs Deep
Tribune Media Services, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:43:30 AM     Post Reply
‘Obamacare was sold on a trinity of lies.” That ornate phrase, more suitable for the Book of Revelations or perhaps the next installment of Game of Thrones, comes from my National Review colleague Rich Lowry. But I like it. Most people know the first deception in the triumvirate of deceit: “If you like your health insurance you can keep it, period.” The second leg in the tripod of deception was “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” But the third plank in the triad of disinformation hasn’t gotten much attention: Obamacare will save you, me, and the country a

National Health SHAMBLES: Three
damning reports describe mothers
abandoned during labour, serious
hospital blunders every day and*
Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Borland    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/13/2013 4:38:46 AM     Post Reply
Three damning reports last night laid bare the crisis in NHS hospitals, maternity units and GP surgeries. One investigation revealed that a quarter of new mothers were abandoned by their midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors. The second found that mistakes deemed so serious they should never happen are being made in hospitals five times a week. And the third survey said thousands of patients have all but given up trying to secure appointments with their family doctor. The reports come only a day after the NHS watchdog detailed a catalogue

  


  

The Left´s Reality Problem
Politico Magazine, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 4:38:19 AM     Post Reply
The “reality-based community” isn’t what it used to be. Progressives spent much of the George W. Bush years deriding the right for disdaining reality itself and waging an associated “war on science,” such was its purported hostility to evidence. The meme arose from a high-handed blind quote from a Bush senior adviser to journalist Ron Suskind; the adviser said that people in the “reality-based community” underestimated how the United States could alter the state of things through the exercise of its power. The left happily adopted the appellation “reality-based community.” (You can still find T-shirts and bumper stickers online.) It congratulated

Where Obamacare enrollment
stands in each state
Reuters, by Shane Ferro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:34:02 AM     Post Reply
As enrollment starts to increase, the government has started using manual work-arounds for the various software errors that plague HealthCare.gov. About 365,000 people have signed up for private insurance in the last two months, and 5 million visited the site in the first week of December, according to Reuters.(Snip for graph)Here’s more on what’s still missing from the site: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius described the manual procedure as a temporary measure for software applications that have not yet been built, tested and incorporated into the massive system behind the HealthCare.gov website. Still missing are an automated system for verifying

The Black Death is back
The Week, by John Aziz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:26:55 AM     Post Reply
T he Black Death is back. One of the most devastating pandemics in human history, the Black Death — also known as the plague — killed more than 25 million people in Europe, Asia, and North Africa at its peak between 1348 and 1350. And it has re-emerged in Madagascar. Last year, 60 people died there from the bubonic plague — the highest death toll in the world. And last week, 20 people from a single remote village died from it. Madagascar’s Pasteur Institute, which confirmed that the deaths had occurred due to plague, is worried that the plague may now spread to towns

The good guys have lost in Syria –
only the bad guys are left fighting
Telegraph [UK], by Shashank Joshi    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/13/2013 4:25:56 AM     Post Reply
For Syria’s beleaguered moderate rebels, 2013 has been a year of disillusionment and crushed hopes: hopes that the US would follow through on promises of arms in the spring; hopes that US, French, and British missiles would shatter Assad’s military forces in the summer; and hopes that they could survive in between Assad’s murderous forces on one side, and Islamist and jihadist rivals on the other. Syria’s moderate rebels are collapsing. Western policy, including hope for next year’s peace talks, is crumbling with them. This week, the US and Britain suspended non-lethal aid--such as communications equipment and trucks

  


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Mr. Ryan’s Dilemma
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:23:33 AM     Post Reply
Excuse me, but I’m a little confused. Just why are “movement” conservatives and libertarians so angry with Paul Ryan about the budget deal he made with Patty Murray? Now, of course, I understand why some politicians are angry, or pretending to be. They’re Ryan’s competition for POTUS in 2016, assuming the Wisconsin congressman wants to run. They’re positioning themselves for a campaign. But the rest of us? Let’s stipulate this: No conservative or libertarian is going to get what he or she wants on government spending — or even anything remotely close to it — without winning the Senate in 2014 and

Congressmen Want to Bring Obama to
Court for Not Faithfully Executing Laws
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 4:20:23 AM     Post Reply
Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina, a Republican, is sponsoring a resolution in the House of Representatives that would, if adopted, direct the legislative body "to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch." In other words, Rep. Rice wants to take President Obama to court for not faithfully executing the laws. "President Obama has adopted a practice of picking and choosing which laws he wants to enforce. In most cases, his laws of choice conveniently coincide with his Administration’s political agenda. Our Founding Fathers created the Executive

White House press corps tees
off on Jay Carney over access
Politico, by Jose Delreal    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 4:17:13 AM     Post Reply
A frustrated press corps sounded off Thursday against White House press secretary Jay Carney over lack of access to President Barack Obama. Carney said the White House “is working” to address the concerns, noting that the administration has been meeting with the White House Correspondents’ Association. He did not, however, give further details about what steps are being taken to expand access. “I can commit to you that we are working and have been working on expanding access where we can,” Carney said. “Let me be clear, that is the view from the very top.” The issue of access has long been

Congratulations, Barack Obama, on
winning PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year”!
Hot Air, by Allahpundit    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:11:55 AM     Post Reply
As my pal Nathan said, this might be the first award he’s gotten that he truly deserved. But give him time. A few more years of dithering until Iran has a nuclear weapon and he might earn that Nobel Peace Prize after all. “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

  


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A Splash Or A Wave? A First Look
At The 2014 U.S. Senate Races
The Federalist, by Brandon Finnigan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:08:26 AM     Post Reply
The GOP has been struggling to recapture the Senate majority for nearly a decade. Now, the sixth year itch, a plethora of vulnerable red-state Democrats, and Obamacare’s unpopularity appear to be forming a perfect storm – if the Republicans want it. Six years ago, the Democrats were riding high: after winning the Senate back two years prior amidst scandals and the Iraq War, they improved their gains greatly, coming within a seat of a supermajority (which then-Republican Senator Arlen Specter happily granted just a few months later). This was accomplished with a mix of reasonably close overthrows of sitting Republicans (Sununu,

For Mustang Million Competitors,
Turning Wild Horses Into Gentle
Beasts Means Big Money
ABC News, by JuJu Chang, Michael Cappetta*    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:05:29 AM     Post Reply
A wild mustang trainer from Texas, a former champion in one of the most competitive horse events in the country, faced a new challenge this year. He had to train his daughter on how to tame and prepare a wild horse for Texas´ Mustang Million competition in just 120 days, all for a chance at winning hundreds of thousands of dollars to help their family. The Mustang Million is annual event that awards $1 million in total prize money to trainers who can prove they are the best at breaking wild mustangs into trusting partners. Trainers from across the United States flock

House GOP Conservatives
Help Propel Budget Bill
Associated Press, by Andrew Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 4:01:15 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- After a sweeping vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama´s Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate, where it will encounter stronger but probably futile resistance from Republicans. The modest package passed by the House on Thursday would ease the harshest effects of another round of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies next month. Supporters of the measure easily beat back attacks on it from conservative organizations that sometimes raise money by stoking conflict within the Republican Party. At the same time, Democrats who were

Uncle Rose With NKorean
Leader Before Brutal Fall
Associated Press, by Jean H. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 3:56:53 AM     Post Reply
SEOUL, South Korea -- The execution of leader Kim Jong Un´s uncle marks the unprecedented fall from grace of one of the most powerful figures in North Korea and the most serious political upheaval in the country in decades. Jang Song Thaek rose from municipal bureaucrat to vice chairman of the National Defense Commission and member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers´ Party - posts that put him in second in power only to Kim. A well-traveled operator with a network that spread to China, Jang was considered the chief architect of economic policy that

Gus Malzahn wins Home Depot
Coach of the Year Award,
snags SEC coaching honor
Ledger-Enquirer [Columbus, Ga], by Ryan Black    Original Article
Posted By: Up2Here- 12/13/2013 1:19:14 AM     Post Reply
AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn can add another award to his mantle. Thanks to a 12-1 season and a record-tying turnaround, Malzahn was named the Home Depot Coach of the Year on Wednesday. He will receive the award during the Home Depot College Football Awards show Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. This comes two days after he was selected as the SEC´s coach of the year by the Associated Press. And it could keep getting better, as Auburn´s first-year coach is up for four more national coaching awards: the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year (one of 10 finalists), the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (one of eight finalists),

  



Boeing says machinists union rejected
´best and final´ 777X contract
Los Angeles Times, by W.J. Hennigan    Original Article
Posted By: Up2Here- 12/13/2013 12:56:58 AM     Post Reply
Boeing Co. said the machinists union in Washington has rejected a “best and final” contract proposal that would ensure the aerospace giant would build its next-generation 777X airliner in the state. The announcement came after the third day of meetings between Boeing and the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751. The talks were the first between the two sides since the union overwhelmingly voted to reject a eight-year contract extension last month. Since then, Boeing has opened a nationwide sweepstakes asking other states to submit incentive-laden proposals. The company said it received proposals from 22 states, many of which

Fox News host Megyn Kelly
says Jesus and Santa are white
Yahoo! News, by Eric Pfeiffer    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/12/2013 11:18:50 PM     Post Reply
Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white. On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .” The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it´s racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids

White House, Center for American
Progress plan new moves to counter
John Podesta attackers
Politico, by Jonathan Allen    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/12/2013 11:08:26 PM     Post Reply
Since he founded the Center for American Progress a decade ago, John Podesta has built the liberal think tank into a fundraising juggernaut that rakes in between $30 million and $40 million a year from donors. But as Podesta enters the West Wing in the role of counselor to President Barack Obama, the White House and CAP are being forced to examine the awkward relationship between the donors he’s courted and the public policy decisions they want from the president. And as Podesta’s fundraising prowess and progressive bona fides become a source of political attacks, CAP and the White House

Obama’s Afghanistan experts
stumped on U.S. death toll,
war costs during hearing
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/12/2013 11:06:18 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s brain trust on Afghanistan does not know much the U.S. spends on the war each year or the American cost in lost lives on the battlefield. This embarrassing lack of basic knowledge from State Department and Pentagon experts on Afghanistan at a House hearing Wednesday prompted even a Democrat to say he was stunned. The setting was the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Issue: Afghanistan and the transition to fewer U.S. troops post-2014. The witnesses: James F. Dobbins, State’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan; Donald Sampler, assistant to the administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, which provides

GOP hopes taking shutdown
off the table with budget
deal will pay dividends
Washington Times, by Seth McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/12/2013 11:03:40 PM     Post Reply
By clearing the decks of the bipartisan budget deal, some political observers say, the GOP establishment is banking on the idea that giving up ground in the spending battle now will pay off over the long run by allowing Republicans to avoid getting punished for another government shutdown. According to this scenario, if there’s no government shutdown, Republicans can focus on the 2014 congressional elections and bank on the growing opposition to Obamacare to strengthen their numbers on Capitol Hill. In the best case, they could add the Senate to their control of the House and be in a better

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