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How the GOP Can Repeat 1994,
Thanks to Harry Reid
American Thinker, by Bruce Walker    Original Article
Posted By: SpeedMaster- 12/14/2013 7:05:42 AM     Post Reply
Harry Reid´s ham-fisted action to curb the filibuster of presidential appointment creates an enormous political opportunity for Republicans in 2014. As more than one pundit has noted, ending the filibuster for nominations means that a Senate Republican majority can end the filibuster for legislation as well, and Reid has removed the political cover for Democrats who would have used the filibuster to block Republican initiatives. What we have today bears remarkable similarities to the Republican tidal wave twenty years ago, in 1994. Newt Gingrich and other House Republicans tested with polling data the most telling weaknesses of

The scariest thing about North Korea´s
murderous boy tyrant? He´s totally sane:
He had a girlfriend machine gunned and*
Daily Mail [UK], by Guy Walters    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/14/2013 6:56:36 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday, in a plain courtroom in the centre of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, a 67-year-old man called Jang Song Thaek was sentenced to death as a traitor to his country. His ‘crime’, according to the special military tribunal of the country’s Ministry of State Security, was to attempt ‘to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power’. [Snip] Furthermore, he ‘perpetrated thrice-cursed acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the Party and the leader for him’. His supposed crimes against the regime included having

America’s friends are left behind
in Barack Obama’s new plans
Telegraph [UK], by Charles Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/14/2013 6:44:23 AM     Post Reply
In his oration at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday, Barack Obama asked himself “how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?”, and invited all of us to ask the same question of ourselves. [Snip] His performance reminded me slightly of Tom Lehrer’s Folk Song Army: “We all hate poverty, war and injustice – unlike the rest of you squares.” Such rhetoric is consistent with the tone that Mr Obama has used from the beginning of his presidency, notably when he reached out to Islam in his speech in Cairo in June 2009. It is by now not too early – in some respects, it may even be too late – to ask whether Mr Obama’s

  


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Backdating ObamaCare
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 5:35:45 AM     Post Reply
The White House says that ObamaCare is all fixed, but its conduct suggests otherwise. As it has realized that the government-created chaos is exposing patients to nasty and even deadly surprises, the government is now forcing the insurance industry to cover everyone retroactively and also to waive the contractual terms of that coverage—or else. Late Thursday, the Health and Human Services Department suddenly released a new regulation that explains "there have been unforeseen barriers to enrollment on the exchanges." The passive voice is necessary because the barriers are all the result of politically driven delays, the botched website

Will DNC Repudiate the Clintons?
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 5:29:53 AM     Post Reply
In the last day a very interesting story has emerged. It seems the Democratic National Committee has set its sights on continuing its “war on women” bit by attacking both Rush Limbaugh and the Daily Caller, as seen here in the DC, here in Politico and here in Mediaite. Rush and Daily Caller reporter Patrick Howley (a former colleague here at The American Spectator) are certainly capable of defending themselves, as they have both done today in their respective venues. But the DNC has raised a very interesting subject when its deputy communications director Lily Adams said this in a letter posted on the DNC website:

The Potemkin website
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/14/2013 5:25:48 AM     Post Reply
Oppressive regimes throughout history have built cities of false facades meant to impress from afar, concealing the embarrassing condition of the places. In its quest to persuade Americans that Obamacare is working, the Obama administration has built the most expensive Potemkin website yet. Rep. Darrell E. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wants to bulldoze the facade of Healthcare.gov to find what lies beneath, but Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is telling her aides they better keep quiet, or else. In a Dec. 6 letter to Creative Computing Solutions, she instructed the

Our American royalty travels in
style, and without being groped
Daily Caller, by Glenn Jacobs    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/14/2013 5:20:29 AM     Post Reply
President Obama lives an extravagant life of which the kings of old could only dream — and all at the taxpayers’ expense. According to the Congressional Research Service, it costs $180,000 an hour to operate Air Force One. This means that President Obama’s recent trip to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral cost the American taxpayer $5 million in airfare alone. The president’s security detail, which includes Secret Service agents, along with all their equipment and armored vehicles, is transported onboard the Air Force’s massive C-17 cargo planes. At $24,000 an hour, a C-17 is a bargain compared to the President’s Boeing 747.

  


  

Support Under the Dome for Teller’s Firing
National Review Online, by Jonathan Strong    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/14/2013 5:17:25 AM     Post Reply
It’s a testament to how powerful the fired executive director of the Republican Study Committee, Paul Teller, was that it took a lobbying campaign by his boss, Representative Steve Scalise, to fire his own aide. (Snip) Several sources familiar with the matter say Teller’s fateful final act as executive director was whipping the conservative outside groups against Representative Paul Ryan’s budget deal before the details of the deal had been announced or the RSC had taken a position. But the tension had been building for a long time. Scalise and other members chafed when the outside groups kept getting wind of what had happened at

ObamaCare blowin’ in the wind
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 5:11:26 AM     Post Reply
Back in the 1960s, the rallying cry of the counterculture was coined by Timothy Leary: “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” Today America’s young are also rebelling against the establishment. But this time their target is ObamaCare, and their rallying cry is “Opt Out!” The battle is being fought across smart phones, social media and Internet sites by organizations such as Generation Opportunity, a self-described “free-thinking, liberty-loving, national organization of young people promoting the best of being American.” Generation Opportunity sponsors OptOut.org, where visitors can watch videos of a Creepy Uncle Sam trying to get unsuspecting

The Heisman ‘Bad Boys’: Jameis Winston,
Johnny Manziel, and Who Should Really Win
Daily Beast, by Allen Barra    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 5:05:29 AM     Post Reply
Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel had incredible seasons—but their off-the-field exploits stole the headlines. Who really deserves college football’s most prestigious award? Something has been left out of the discussion for this year’s Heisman Trophy: football. This year two of the finalists for college football’s most prestigious award—Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel—have had the press spending a lot more ink on their off-the-field activities. Last year Manziel, a.k.a Johnny Football, became the first freshman in Heisman history to win the award as “the outstanding college football player” in the country.

NSA leaders split on giving
amnesty to Snowden
CBS News, by John Miller    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 5:01:46 AM     Post Reply
CBS News learned Thursday that the information National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has revealed so far is just a fraction of what he has. In fact, he has so much, some think it is worth giving him amnesty to get it back. Rick Ledgett is the man who was put in charge of the Snowden leak task force by Gen. Keith Alexander, who heads the NSA. The task force´s job is to prevent another leak like this one from happening again. They´re also trying to figure out how much damage the Snowden leaks have done, and how much damage they could still do. Snowden, who is believed to still have access to 1.5 million classified documents

  


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Three Ways to Tell if Someone
Is Plotting a Coup Against You
Time Magazine, by Michael Crowley    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/14/2013 4:57:41 AM     Post Reply
North Korea‘s cherub tyrant Kim Jong Un startled the outside world this week by having a top regime official, who also happens to be his uncle, dragged from a public meeting and later executed. A creepy statement from North Korea’s official news agency accuses Jang Song Thaek of numerous crimes, including plotting against the regime and leading “a dissolute and depraved life” that included womanizing and gambling. One of the giveaways, according to the statement, was that at an ecstatic Workers Party of Korea meeting, Jang “behaved so arrogantly and insolently as unwillingly standing up from his seat and half-heartedly clapped

Paul Ryan Takes a Step
Toward House Speakership
National Journal, by Tim Alberta    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/14/2013 4:54:11 AM     Post Reply
Paul Ryan's presidential prospects may have dimmed this week, but his future on Capitol Hill has never looked brighter. The budget compromise he struck with Sen. Patty Murray, which passed the House on a lopsided 332-94 vote Thursday, had conservative activists and outside groups howling. That might one day curb Republican enthusiasm for Paul Ryan the presidential candidate. But inside the dome, overwhelming support for Paul Ryan the policymaker—even from those voting against his proposal—armed him with a major legislative victory and a reputation as a bipartisan consensus-builder. That means bigger things

A Disappearing Spy,
and a Scandal at the C.I.A.
New York Times, by Barry Meier    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 4:50:28 AM     Post Reply
Robert A. Levinson was an overweight bear of a man who once worked as an F.B.I. agent and desperately wanted to recapture the life of international intrigue he relished as an expert on Russian organized crime. But as he sat in a hotel room in Geneva in early 2007, he was anxious about a secret mission he had planned to Iran. “I guess as I approach my fifty-ninth birthday on the 10th of March, and after having done quite a few other crazy things in my life,” he wrote in an email to a friend, “I am questioning just why, at this point, with seven kids and a great wife, why would I put myself in such jeopardy.” He would like some assurance,

Who Funds the Far Left?
You´ll Be Surprised
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 4:46:55 AM     Post Reply
The Center for American Progress is a left-wing organization that is closely associated with the Obama administration. Its principal product is a web site called Think Progress. Think Progress is part of the internet cesspool that modern liberalism has become. Written by hack left-wing bloggers, it is bitterly hostile to free enterprise. It is a low-rent site that traffics in the most absurd smears and conspiracy theories. Many have wondered for some years who finances far-left web sites like Think Progress. As of today, we know at least part of the answer, as CAP released its corporate donor list for the first time. CAP says that individuals and foundations

  


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What Will It Take?
PJ Media, by David Solway    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 4:41:47 AM     Post Reply
Let me begin with a categorical statement that, given current events and recent political history, can be easily defended: Barack Hussein Obama is a willful, indoctrinated child of the Left with strong Islamic sympathies who is not fit to govern. Indeed, he would not be fit to govern Lower Slobovia, let alone the United States of America. Obama is a historic disaster of the first magnitude and, if not restrained, he will see to the irrevocable decline of the country which foolishly elected him, leaving the world on the brink of a conflict — or in the midst of one — whose repercussions cannot be underestimated. Accompanying the undeniable havoc

A Christmas gift for atheists --
five reasons why God exists
Fox News, by William Lane Craig    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 4:27:07 AM     Post Reply
For atheists, Christmas is a religious sham. For if God does not exist, then obviously Jesus’ birth cannot represent the incarnation of God in human history, which Christians celebrate at this time of year. However, most atheists, in my experience, have no good reasons for their disbelief. Rather they’ve learned to simply repeat the slogan, “There’s no good evidence for God’s existence!” In the case of a Christian who has no good reasons for what he believes, this slogan serves as an effective conversation-stopper. But if we have good reasons for our beliefs, then this slogan serves rather as a conversation-starter.

James Bond: License to Swill
ABC News, by Sydney Lupkin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/14/2013 4:22:31 AM     Post Reply
Ever wonder why James Bond prefers his martinis shaken, not stirred? Three U.K. doctors set out to find out whether 007 developed the preference because of an alcohol-induced tremor in his hands, and published their findings in the British Medical Journal´s annual tongue-in-cheek December edition. "Ideally, vodka martinis should be stirred, not shaken," Dr. Patrick Davies, a pediatric intensive care specialist at Nottingham University Hospitals, and his colleagues, wrote in the paper. "That Bond would make such an elementary mistake in his preferences seemed incongruous with his otherwise impeccable mastery of culinary etiquette." So they spent seven months reading all

Now Top US Diplomat,
Kerry Returns to Vietnam
Associated Press, by Matthew Lee    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/14/2013 4:18:32 AM     Post Reply
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam -- Forty-four years after first setting foot in Vietnam as a young naval officer, John Kerry has returned once more, this time as America´s top diplomat. Making his 14th trip to the southeast Asian nation since the end of the war that profoundly influenced his political career and foreign policy thinking, Kerry arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday. Kerry wants to bolster the remarkable rapprochement with the former U.S. enemy that he encouraged and helped engineer as a senator in the 1990s. The Vietnam war ended in 1975 and led to a U.S.

Secret Service Must
Rely on Locals Abroad
Associated Press, by Alicia Caldwell & Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/14/2013 4:15:21 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- In the hours before President Barack Obama arrived at a Johannesburg soccer stadium to honor Nelson Mandela, the White House staff was in the dark on key details. Where would the president and Michelle Obama sit? When was Obama supposed to speak? Who else would be on stage when he did? The result was an array of confusion and security risks that typically would not be tolerated by the Secret Service in the United States, underscoring how the agency is often at the mercy of foreign governments to make arrangements when the president travels overseas. While there were metal detectors

  



Bill de Blasio Walks Away From White House
Meeting With Sweeping National Hopes
New York Observer, by Jill Colvin    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 12/14/2013 1:12:12 AM     Post Reply
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio went down to Washington, D.C. today to meet with President Barack Obama, emerging emboldened that a “progressive movement” was sweeping the nation. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, which included 15 other newly-elected mayors, Mr. de Blasio said it was clear to him that the fight against inequality–which formed the centerpiece of his campaign–was gaining steam far beyond the five boroughs. “You can’t have a room full of mayors–literally every corner of the country–all spontaneously saying to the president of the United States the same exact things from their own experience: Something’s going on here …

Budget deal in Congress
raises White House hopes
on other priorities
Washington Post, by David Nakamura    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/13/2013 11:43:05 PM     Post Reply
A round of successful deal-making on Capitol Hill has altered the political dynamic in Washington, raising hopes within the Obama administration that stalled second-term priorities such as immigration might still have a chance at success. The key movement has come in the House, where members of both parties overwhelmingly approved a two-year budget deal and where Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) declared war on the tea party groups that have bedeviled him. The developments heighten the possibility of progress on issues such as immigration, which has been at the top of President Obama’s agenda since he won more than 70

U.S. Senators introduce bill to
eliminate corn ethanol mandate
Reuters, by TIMOTHY GARDNER    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 12/13/2013 11:42:16 PM     Post Reply
A group of 10 U.S. Senators introduced a bipartisan bill on Thursday to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate, arguing that current law raises the cost of food and animal feed and damages the environment. The bill, introduced by Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat; Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican; and eight cosponsors, faces an uphill battle as many lawmakers from agricultural states support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)that dictates that rising volumes of ethanol made from grains, including corn, be blended into motor fuel.

Karl Pierson identified as
Arapahoe High School gunman who
shot student while targeting librarian
ABC 7 [Denver CO], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 10:59:26 PM     Post Reply
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - Karl Halverson Pierson was the Arapahoe High School student gunman who shot a student inside the school while seeking "revenge" on a staff member, the Arapahoe County Sheriff confirmed Friday night. Pierson, 18, went into the school armed with a shotgun looking for the school´s librarian, Tracy Murphy -- who was head of the school´s debate team and who had recently kicked Pierson off the team, sources told the CALL7 Investigators. "We were just in the library doing some work and we heard a loud bang. I thought it might have been someone dropping something, but

Steve Harvey Interviews Obama,
Avoids Politics, Defends Presidential Selfie
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Christian Toto    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/13/2013 10:46:41 PM     Post Reply
Steve Harvey got the chance for a one-on-one interview the President of the United States this week, a rare opportunity for a journalist let alone a comedian. Harvey made one item clear up front about his exclusive chat--he didn´t ask President Barack Obama any political questions. With that messy business out of the way, Harvey threw Obama a series of holiday-themed softballs according to the comedian´s recap of their Q&A. Later, Harvey described the interview to the press and even defended Obama from taking a "selfie" at a great leader´s memorial service, an action so tacky even Jon Stewart said it

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