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Jay Carney vs. the press,
in 7 images
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 12:06:33 PM     Post Reply
Jay Carney, former reporter and current White House press secretary, feuded with the press corps today over the strictures the administration has put on access to the president — most notably for photographers and video-journalists. (NOTE: The Washington Post has signed a letter along with a number of other news organizations protesting the White House’s policy.) Since the debate was primarily about photographers’ chance (or lack thereof) to document the president’s days, we thought it made sense to tell the story of “Jay vs. the media” in pictures. Seven of them to be exact. (If still pictures aren’t enough for

Boehner’s Ineptitude Has Created
a Leadership Vacuum in GOP
Cybercast News service, by Jen Kuznicki    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/13/2013 12:03:17 PM     Post Reply
John Boehner is the visible leader of the Republican Party. As Speaker of the House, the only Republican-led institution in Washington DC right now, it is his duty to press a Republican agenda. His office should be, at all times, rallying the base of the party in order to create a groundswell of support for future electoral gains. Instead, he is personally, actively working to diminish, purge, and destroy those who do not fall in lock-step behind him. Because of his growing and now public defiance of those wishing to adhere to the Constitution and the basic conservative principles that the Republican

Portraits at a Premium
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/13/2013 12:01:48 PM     Post Reply
It looks like Congress is getting set to curtail spending on the ultimate “selfie,” oil portraits of its members. This is being reported by the Fox News, just as Americans are recoiling from the “selfie” snapped of President Obama preening with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who will, because of Andrea Peyser’s column in the New York Post, forever be known as the “Danish Pastry.” We share the sense that Mr. Obama lost for a moment there with Ms. Thorning-Schmidt the sense of the occasion (the scowl on the First Lady’s face seemed to suggest that she felt

  


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Tea Party Patriots: Paul Teller Firing
Act of War Against Conservatives
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/13/2013 11:39:35 AM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, the Tea Party Patriots said the firing of Paul Teller, the Executive Director of the House Republican Study Committee (RSC), was a declaration of war against conservatives by the Republican establishment. Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said that Teller (pictured), who was widely respected by movement conservatives in the fight against the GOP establishment, "was summarily fired today in a move that can only be perceived as a shot to conservatives and Tea Party Members who are not part of the establishment." New RSC Chairman Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) is an ally of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH),

Sebelius ´Urging´ Insurers to
Cover People Who Haven´t Paid
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/13/2013 11:36:46 AM     Post Reply
Fearing that many people will think they have health insurance coverage when they do not, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is "urging" insurance companies to "give consumers additional time to pay their first month´s premium and still have coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014." Insurance companies should cover people who haven´t yet paid, in other words. With just a few weeks to go until Obamacare takes full effect, Sebelius announced additional changes on Thursday, some that tell insurance companies how to run their business and others that "strongly" encourage insurance companies to waive their rules -- on premium payments,

Bruce Jenner looking to get
tracheal surgery to reduce
size of Adam´s apple: report
New York Daily News, by Connie Lestch    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/13/2013 11:06:37 AM     Post Reply
Bruce Jenner wants a cosmetic surgeon to take a bite out of his Adam’s apple. The Olympic gold medalist met with a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Thursday to discuss smoothing out his neck, TMZ.com reported. The procedure, known as a tracheal shave, reduces the cartilage through a small incision in the throat, and is usually performed on patients in the first stages of a sex change. (Snip)“I just never liked my trachea,” Jenner, who recently split from Kim Kardashian’s mother, Kris, told the website.

Heisman Trophy: Roger Staubach
reflects on his eventful season
with Navy football in 1963
Washington Post, by Gene Wang    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/13/2013 10:24:33 AM     Post Reply
There was a time when the Heisman Trophy winner could not get recognized in New York City. Such was the predicament for Roger Staubach 50 years ago when the quarterback became the second player in Navy history to capture college football’s most prestigious individual honor.Then a junior, Staubach was in Manhattan for the award ceremony, and one evening he and teammate Tom Lynch decided they would visit the Playboy Club. The iconic members-only establishment required a special key for entry, but this was Time magazine cover boy Roger Staubach, so Lynch figured it wouldn’t be a problem. Staubach borrowed civilian clothes, including

  


  

Why voting irregularities could swing
the Virginia AG recount to Republicans
Daily Caller, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 10:18:45 AM     Post Reply
If you’re wondering why Virginia Republicans are willing to fight over the attorney general’s race, it’s because the post has become almost as important as the governorship. Not only could the outcome impact continuing legal issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act, it would likely impact the number of Republicans in the U.S. Congress. Right now, Virginia has eight Republicans and three Democrats in the U.S. House. Prior to the redistricting — which was controlled by a Republican General Assembly and signed by Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell — Republicans held just a six-to-five majority. (Note: A couple of those races actually switched

Keystone to the Kingdom
Washington Free Beacon, by Matthew Continetti    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 10:15:19 AM     Post Reply
The White House’s newest staffer is John Podesta, the 64-year-old founder of the Center for American Progress (CAP), the head of President Obama’s 2008 transition team, a former chief of staff to President Clinton, and a former lobbyist and cofounder, with his brother Tony, of the Podesta Group. You know: an outsider. Podesta is joining the administration for one year as White House counselor specializing in energy policy. And despite the fact that he has done more than any other unelected official to shape the policies of cap-and-trade and green energy subsidies, and to employ and place the talent that has

While You Were Debating Obama’s
‘Selfie,’ U.S. Drones Killed 13+
Yemen Wedding Guests
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 9:57:09 AM     Post Reply
I’d like to interrupt your current cable news broadcast about [insert Selfie-Gate, Santa Claus´ skin color, Handshake-Gate, or the War on Christmas™] to throw some cold water on everything: The Associated Press reports that missiles fired by a U.S. drone obliterated a convoy of vehicles heading to a wedding in Yemen, killing at least 13 people. As with most reports of these military strikes in Yemen, there are conflicting reports: The Associated Press reports 13 deaths and cites an unnamed Yemeni official who said there were suspected al Qaeda militants among the convoy; but Reuters, on the other hand, says

Podhoretz vs. Will
Power Line, by Scott Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 12/13/2013 9:51:44 AM     Post Reply
The problem with George Will’s disappointing column on the deal with Iran is that it assumes Iran can be contained/deterred. Substantial evidence to the contrary can be adduced. Norman Podhoretz adduces some of it in “Strike Iran now to avert disaster later.” Podhoretz recalls: As Bernard Lewis, the leading contemporary authority on Islam, put it in 2007, to these fanatics “mutual assured destruction is not a deterrent, it is an inducement. We know already [from the Iran-Iraq war] that they do not give a damn about killing their own people in great numbers. . . .

  


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Keith Richards: ´I Had a Sound in
My Head That Was Bugging Me´
Wall Street Journal, by Marc Myers    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/13/2013 9:51:12 AM     Post Reply
In late 1966, Keith Richards was hearing things. The Rolling Stones guitarist and songwriter had in mind a series of strong, bluesy chords and a melody line based on French police-car sirens. But he couldn´t quite reproduce the way he envisioned it sounding—dry and crisp, with a "garage" feel. Then he purchased an early Philips cassette tape recorder and, using an acoustic guitar, created the basis for what would become "Street Fighting Man." Recorded in March, April and May 1968 and released in the U.S. in August, the summer single from their album "Beggars Banquet," only managed to reach #48

ESPN Reverses Decision to
Reject ´Birth of Jesus´
Cybercast News Service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 9:19:28 AM     Post Reply
ESPN has changed its mind and has decided to allow a St. Louis Children’s Medical Center to air an ad referencing “the birth of Jesus” and “God’s healing message.” In an email to CNSNews.com, Josh Krulewitz, VP of ESPN Communications says, “We have again reviewed the ads submitted for the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and have concluded that we will accept the original requested commercial.” “It will run in Saturday’s VCU at Northern Iowa basketball game on ESPNU. This decision is consistent with our practice of individual review of all ads under our commercial advocacy standards.”

Fonda Foundation Not So
Charitable, Records Show
Smoking Gun, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/13/2013 9:17:46 AM     Post Reply
Though Jane Fonda’s private foundation has nearly $800,000 in assets, the group has not made a charitable contribution during the last five years for which it has filed federal tax returns, an apparent violation of Internal Revenue Service rules. According to the Jane Fonda Foundation’s most recent tax return--filed last year and covering calendar year 2011--the organization’s cash, stock, and bond portfolio was valued at $798,133. The filing lists the 75-year-old actress as the foundation’s president and chairman of the board, and reports that she devotes 10 hours a week to the charitable group. In the most recent tax return, Fonda’s foundation

Barack and Michelle:
The Love Story
American Thinker, by Rosslyn Smith    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/13/2013 9:17:06 AM     Post Reply
I thought the photo below was interesting. I wonder if some of the White House photo restrictions are to avoid shots in which it is obvious that Michelle and Barack are not on the same page. They are a fantasy couple to many black women who have no hope of marrying a more successful man -- akin to Diana and Prince Charles among white women who should have known better (most of the professional women I worked with) in the 90s.

  


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The last living witnesses; they wore
the yellow star and remember
the Nazi terror
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 12/13/2013 9:14:36 AM     Post Reply
Berlin — The shadows deepen and lengthen, memories grow dim, and some of the survivors of the tragedies of World War II scramble to preserve the recollections before the colors fade to gray. There’s no shortage of ghosts prowling the cities and countryside of Europe. Remembrances of monstrous evil lie all about. None have tried harder than the progeny of the Germans who started it all to learn from the past, and recall without flinching the scourge and stain on history that is still unfathomable three-quarters of a century later. An exhibit of photographs of the Nazi era, with the

Figure in Obama ‘birther’ saga
dies in plane crash
USA Today, by John Bacon    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/13/2013 9:02:40 AM     Post Reply
The Hawaiian health official who verified the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate died in a small plane crash. The plane, carrying a pilot and eight passengers, went down Wednesday in the water off the Hawaiian island of Molokai, the Maui Fire Department said. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser was among the first outlets to report that the lone fatality was Loretta Fuddy. Tom Matsuda, the interim executive director of Hawaii’s health insurance exchange, confirmed Fuddy’s death. Fuddy, 65, became acting health director in January 2011. After being confirmed as the permanent health director, Fuddy made news in April 2011 when she verified the

Detroit News Muzzles Readers
American Thinker, by Colin Flaherty    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/13/2013 8:48:53 AM     Post Reply
The Detroit News is really upset about how its readers talk about race. (snip) The readers are so off-message about commenting on race at the MLive website that the newspaper felt it needed to post rules about how comply with the racial guidelines: How to discuss racial issues on MLive without violating the Community Rules. First, if you see one of the daily stories about black history month or the black museum or whatever, and you wonder in the comments sections why there is no counterpart for white or Asian or Amish people, you will be removed. That is a "false equivalence,"

Arizona Police Officer Resigns
After Investigation Finds She´s
Living In The US Illegally
Business Insider, by Paul Szoldra    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/13/2013 8:48:43 AM     Post Reply
An officer serving with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for nearly 13 years resigned Monday following the discovery that she was living in the United States illegally, News 4 Tucson is reporting. From News 4 Tucson: The News 4 Tucson Investigators discovered that officer, Carmen Figueroa, has actually been working for DPS for about 13 years, possibly by using a fake or forged birth certificate. One of Figueroa´s past duties was Public Information Officer or spokesperson for the department.

Obama to meet with new
mayors at White House to talk jobs
Los Angeles Times, by Kathleen Hennessey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 8:38:14 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- President Obama will meet Friday with a group of newly elected mayors, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, for a discussion on job creation, a White House official said. The president plans to discuss federal-local partnerships that could spur growth, the official said. Obama has regularly tried to engage local officials on his largely stalled economic agenda. His plans for creating jobs by increasing spending on roads, bridges, ports and other projects have found little traction with Republicans in Washington. (Snip) The group includes mayors and mayors-elect, mostly Democrats, from a dozen

  



Obamacare´s Rocky Rollout Improves
Republicans´ 2014 Outlook
Creators Syndicate, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/13/2013 8:36:10 AM     Post Reply
Democratic National Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says that Obamacare will be a vote-winner for Democrats in 2014. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the same thing. Perhaps they really believe that. But the numbers in polls conducted since Oct. 17, when the end of the government shutdown put the spotlight on the rollout of Obamacare, tell a different story. Democrats currently hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to win a majority there. This looks to be within reach. Seven Democratic-held seats are up in states carried by Mitt Romney. And four Democratic incumbents are

Govern in Poetry
New York Times, by Timothy Egan    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/13/2013 8:31:09 AM     Post Reply
In advance of a long drive through the coulee country of eastern Washington, my friend Sam gave me an audio companion — a CD of the greatest presidential speeches of the 20th century. Um, thanks. I would sooner listen to Sarah Palin on Aristotle — (Snip)Today, wallowed in the worst slump of his presidency, President Obama should reach for some words that will outlive him. This guy can write and he can speak, but he’s put those talents in a drawer for much of his presidency. In just the last few weeks, though, Obama has shown that his lyrical gifts

HHS goes lawless, flailing around
as Obamacare deadline looms
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/13/2013 8:28:38 AM     Post Reply
"Nice little insurance company you´ve got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it." In essence, that´s the message just delivered to the health care insurance industry. Panicking, they´re just making it up as they go along, under pressure of the December 23rd deadline for enrollment in Obamacare in order to be covered in 2014. In an ill-considered move, the Department of Health and Human Services contravened the law and vaguely threatened ("strongly encouraged") the health insurance industry in order to assuage some of the injuries done by the poor design and incompetent administration of Obamacare.

Krauthammer on new Obamacare
rules:‘This now approaches
banana republic lawlessness’
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/13/2013 8:22:46 AM     Post Reply
Columnist Charles Krauthammer attacked new Obamacare rules unveiled by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a late Thursday conference call, saying the Obama administration is “approach[ing] banana republic lawlessness” by issuing the decrees. Krauthammer spoke with Fox News’ Bret Baier on a panel with Juan Williams and Judge Andrew Napolitano, as the three reacted to Sebelius’ new directives for insurance companies. “This is exactly a reaction to a deep understanding among Democrats that [Obamacare] is a train wreck,” he said. “And it’s a panic reaction. As the judge said, this is utterly lawless. This now approaches banana republic lawlessness.

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