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White House move seen as sign
of growing power for Senate Dems
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 5:27:35 PM     Post Reply
The decision to name a protege of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) as head of the White House legislative affairs office is being taken as a sign that Senate Democrats will have growing power over the political agenda for 2014. The replacement of Miguel Rodriguez with Katie Beirne Fallon came as a shock to some former administration officials, who noted that Fallon was chosen over internal candidates with more experience. “So now we´re just turning the keys over the Congress,” one former senior administration official said about Beirne Fallon’s hiring. The move is all the more remarkable coming after the White House brought

Obamacare Disinformation Runs Deep
Tribune Media Services, Inc., by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/13/2013 5:25:48 PM     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

Iranians Pull Out of Nuke Talks
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 5:25:37 PM     Post Reply
Iranian negotiators abruptly ended nuclear talks with Western powers in Vienna on Friday just a day after the Obama administration announced tighter sanctions on Tehran. Iran had threatened that new or tighter sanctions would nullify the recently reached Geneva interim deal, which is not yet in effect. The Iranians abruptly “halted” the talks and left Vienna so that they could consult with higher-level officials about how to proceed with talks following the tighter sanctions, which were announced Thursday morning by the U.S. Treasury Department. “The Iranian negotiators interrupted the talks with the [P5+1] for consultations in Tehran,” a negotiator said on Thursday, according

  


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‘Mandela signer faced
murder rap in 2003’
Times of Israel, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 5:20:39 PM     Post Reply
The schizophrenic South African sign language interpreter who said he hallucinated during Nelson Mandela’s memorial on Tuesday reportedly has an extensive criminal record, including murder, rape and kidnapping charges. According to South African news network eNCA, Thamsanqa Jantjie has “faced rape (1994), theft (1995), housebreaking (1997), malicious damage to property (1998), murder, attempted murder and kidnapping (2003) charges.” Despite his record, the station said it was not clear whether Jantjie has ever served time in prison, as “many of the charges brought against him were dropped, allegedly because he was mentally unfit to stand trial.” Even more bizarrely, it was not

State Department Warns: ´Specific Threats
Against U.S. Government´ in Libya
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 5:18:36 PM     Post Reply
The State Department is warning Americans not to travel to Libya. The stated reason: "extremist groups in Libya made specific threats against U.S. government officials and U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Libya." The State Department warning reads, "The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling to Libya and strongly advises against all but essential travel to Tripoli and against all travel to areas outsideof Tripoli. Because of ongoing instability and violence, the Department’s ability to provide consular services to U.S. citizens within Tripoliis extremely limited, and the Department cannot provide consular services outside Tripoli except by

Huckabee Shakes Up 2016 Field
National Review Online, by Henry Olsen    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 5:17:26 PM     Post Reply
Mike Huckabee’s announcement that he’s considering entering the 2016 presidential fray has the potential to completely shake up the race. That’s because he would immediately leap to be among the front of the heap because of his national name ID and his deep support among Evangelical Republicans. The race is currently bereft of a clear Evangelical favorite; Huckabee would immediately fill that void. Since the rise of Evangelicals as a political force in the mid-1980s, Republican nominating races often see a “surprise” candidate bursting out from the pack with support from evangelicals. Reverend Pat Robertson broke ground in 1988 as that

Trayvon Martin’s Parents
Are Planning a Book
New York Times, by Julie Bosman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 5:12:19 PM     Post Reply
The parents of Trayvon Martin met with publishers this week to shop a book about their son, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed in Florida in 2012. According to two publishing executives who participated in meetings, Mr. Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, said they intended to write a book that gives the full picture of their son while tracing their own experience of shock and sorrow. The meetings were described as somber and moving by publishers who were present. Ms. Fulton and Mr. Martin were accompanied by Jan Miller, their Dallas-based literary agent. One publishing executive said Mr.

  


  

Feds say they disrupted suicide
bomb plot by worker at Wichita airport
NBC News, by Pete Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 5:12:14 PM     Post Reply
A 58-year-old airport worker was charged Friday with allegedly planning a suicide bombing at a passenger terminal at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas. The suspect, Terry Lee Loewen, an avionics technician who lives in Wichita, was arrested earlier in the day as he attempted to use his security pass to drive a vehicle that he thought contained explosives onto the tarmac at the airport, law enforcement officials said at a news conference in Wichita. In fact, the car contained only dummy explosives. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Loewen spent months developing a plan to drive a carload of explosives to

Sheriff: Suspect in Colorado
school shooting dies
Washington Times (D.C), by Valerie Richardson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 5:09:32 PM     Post Reply
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — An armed student looking for a teacher shot and injured another student at Arapahoe High School here shortly after noon Friday before turning the gun on himself. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the shooter was found dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the school building. The gunman’s name has not been released, but his parents have been notified, the sheriff said. “He was looking for an individual teacher that he identified by name,” Sheriff Robinson said. “The teacher began to understand that he was being looked at and exited the school.”

They Sucked Me into
This Budget Deal
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 5:08:48 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Like Silvio Dante once said on an episode of Sopranos (paraphrasing), "Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in. Every time I try to get out, they suck me right back in." That´s how I feel. I haven´t said anything about this budget deal, and yet I´m being blamed for it now. JOHNNY DONOVAN: And now, from sunny south Florida, it´s Open Line Friday! RUSH: I´ve stayed out of it. You know I´ve stayed out of it. I´ve told everybody I don´t even care about it. It´s the same old BS. It´s the same old soap opera

Nancy Pelosi: Immigration
reform on hold in House
Politico, by Ginger Gibson & Seung Min Kim    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 5:06:19 PM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she spoke with Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday and asked when an overhaul to immigration laws could be considered in the House. “He told me, yes we have to wait until next year,” Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday morning. Democrats have been pushing House Republicans to hold a vote on a landmark immigration reform bill that was passed in June, or try to work on their own immigration legislation. But Republicans have been apprehensive, with the most conservative members opposed to anything that could provide a pathway to citizenship or legalization for undocumented immigrants.

  


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The Free Market Would Fix Health Care
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 5:01:41 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Here´s Wayne in Denver. Wayne, it´s great to have you on the EIB Network and Open Line Friday. Hi. CALLER: Hey, Rush. It´s a great privilege to talk to you. RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. CALLER: Hey, I am a conservative, and I am not going to go away. RUSH: Nor am I, and it´s great to hear you say that. CALLER: Yeah. RUSH: There´s nothing they can do to send us away. CALLER: Yeah. Hey, something else. I listen to your podcast every day, and you hit a home run yesterday when you talked about the cost of drugs. That was absolutely the best

Billy Graham near death, ‘close to
going home to be with the Lord’
Washington Times (D.C), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 5:00:47 PM     Post Reply
The Rev. Billy Graham is near death, and it won’t be much longer before he succumbs to old age and goes “home to be with the Lord,” his grandson, Will Graham, said this week. “I wish [God] would give him strength, but I don’t think he needs strength anymore,” Mr. Graham said, to the Christian news site, Assist News Service. “It’s time to go home.” Mr. Graham, who’s spread the gospel around the world — and to the highest political offices in the nation — just turned 95 on Nov. 7, celebrating with a North Carolina party that included more

Media Fail: NRA Twice as
Popular as Mike Bloomberg
Breitbart Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 4:57:52 PM     Post Reply
Saturday is the one-year anniversary of the horrific murders at Sandy Hook Elementary, which means it is also the anniversary of a shameless media attempting to exploit those murders into restrictions against our Second Amendment civil rights. Everywhere today you can see the elite media licking their wounds over this humiliating defeat. What has to be especially bitter is a new poll that shows the National Rifle Association is twice as popular as anti-gun extremist Mike Bloomberg. According to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, the NRA is viewed favorably by 39% or those polled, while only 31% view the

Fake Interpreter Had Previous
Arrests For Murder, Rape
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/13/2013 4:56:44 PM     Post Reply
The interpreter who’s come under fire for faking sign language at Nelson Mandela’s memorial faced numerous criminal charges, including murder, rape and kidnapping. Many of the charges were dropped because he was deemed mentally unfit for trial. He’s said he’s schizophrenic, and numerous questions have arisen as to how he was able to pass security checks and stand in close proximity to world leaders. The former South African president´s funeral is slated for Saturday.

  


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13 Things Mentally Tough
People (Like Me) Avoid
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 4:55:23 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Okay, now, mentally strong people, the 13 things they avoid. Now, here´s how Forbes gets into them. "For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength -- tenacity, ´grit,´ optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to ´fail up.´" Do you know people that fail up? I do. My brother knows some. It really irritates him. Do you know people that fail up? The Democrat leadership´s a classic example

´Brother Bin Laden is a great
inspiration to me´: Authorities
thwart suicide bombing ´by
Islamic extremist flight technician*
Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle & Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/13/2013 4:55:01 PM     Post Reply
An aviation technician accused of planning to detonate a car bomb at a Kansas airport has been arrested today. Terry Lee Loewen, 58, was arrested on Friday morning at Mid-Continent regional airport in Wichita, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. [Snip] Grissom said the 58-year-old spent months developing his plan of driving a car filled with explosives into the airport, triggering the bomb and killing himself in a suicide mission. He was arrested at 5.30am this morning after he tried to open a gate on to the tarmac at the airport with his security pass.

Spirit Airlines Mocks Obama-
Schmidt Photo: ´Sometimes A
Selfie Makes A Wifey Angry´ [PHOTO]
International Business Times, by Amethyst Tate    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 4:49:58 PM     Post Reply
Spirit Airlines is at it again, riffing off a current event for one of its promotional ads, this time using the Obama selfie flap to good advantage. While in South Africa to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela at the official memorial service last Tuesday, President Barack Obama captured a moment with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, seated near him in the stands at FNB Stadium. Taking selfies is a new trend, thanks to improved cameras on smartphones these days. Oxford Dictionary even named "selfie" the international word of the year 2013.

Steve Stockman is no Ted Cruz
Washington Post, by Chris Cillizza    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:49:15 PM     Post Reply
Texas Rep. Steve Stockman’s decision to challenge Sen. John Cornyn in the GOP primary next year stunned the political world earlier this week. Now, there’s only one question on peoples’ minds: Could Stockman actually win this thing? No, according to Evan Smith, the editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune. In an interview for Post TV, Smith said that Stockman ceiling in the primary is “between 20 and 25 percent”, largely because even among tea partiers who helped propel Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to an upset win in a 2012 Senate primary, the House member is too extreme in his positions. “He makes Cruz

DNC Fundraises Off My Joke Based on the
Left´s Idea to Outlaw Men Gazing at Women
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/13/2013 4:48:52 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, another glittering example of one of the greatest gaps, the greatest divides that I think exists in the country. The Democrat National Committee is fundraising off of a joke that I told earlier this week. It might have been late last week. Do you remember, ladies and gentlemen, the story I told you, I´m sure many of you didn´t believe it. You thought, "Come on, Rush, this is a bunch of fringe kooks. This isn´t gonna happen." A bunch of liberals wanted to outlaw men gazing at women because the gaze was said to objectify women.

  



McCain praises Biden for
support of foreign aid
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 4:47:42 PM     Post Reply
Some high-profile bipartisanship in Washington on Thursday night, as former Republican presidential candidate John McCain praised Democratic Vice President Biden for his long-time support of foreign aid. McCain, a senator from Arizona, said Biden -- a former Senate colleague from Delaware -- "deserves our gratitude and respect for his many years of effective leadership in ensuring that all the resources America has to influence the course of world events are funded adequately and used effectively." The 2008 GOP presidential nominee also said he has never "doubted for a moment that the United States of America is fortunate to be served

US man held over Kansas
´suicide bomb plot´
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/13/2013 4:44:03 PM     Post Reply
A man has been arrested in the US state of Kansas and accused of planning to detonate a suicide car bomb at an airport, authorities have said. Terry Lee Loewen, 58, has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Mr Loewen, an aviation technician, does not appear to have been affiliated with any religious group, police said. Authorities said Mr Loewen was snared by undercover FBI investigators and the public was never in danger. "There was no breach of Mid-Continent´s Airport´s security," said Kansas US Attorney Barry Grissom in a statement. "At no time was the safety of travellers or members

Stats: Obama Administration Paused
Iran Sanctions for Rouhani
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/13/2013 4:40:10 PM     Post Reply
New statistics indicate that the Obama administration intentionally refrained from sanctioning Iran following the June election of President Hassan Rouhani, lending credence to multiple reports that the White House began secretly courting Tehran from the first moments of Rouhani’s presidency. Prior to Rouhani’s June 14 election, the U.S. Treasury Department issued 10 sanction announcements targeting a total of 183 entities that were aiding and abetting Iran’s rogue oil trade and its nuclear weapons program, according to statistics compiled from publicly available releases on the Treasury’s website. New designations were issued each month from February to June 4, including six in the month

Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S.
Warship to Stop in International Waters
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill Gertz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/13/2013 4:36:46 PM     Post Reply
A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials. The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, which recently took part in disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by Chinese warships in the South China Sea near Beijing’s new aircraft carrier Liaoning, according to officials familiar with the incident. “On December 5th, while lawfully operating in international waters in the South China Sea, USS Cowpens and a PLA Navy vessel had an encounter that

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