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Israel Reaches Out to
US Jewish Community
Associated Press, by Tia Goldenberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/16/2013 4:08:48 AM     Post Reply
JERUSALEM -- More than 100 Israeli leaders gathered with Jewish-American counterparts in Jerusalem last month with a daunting mission: to save Jewish life in North America. Jewish American leaders have known for years that assimilation and intermarriage were slowly shrinking their communities, but the early November gathering took on an extra sense of urgency. Just weeks earlier, a landmark study had found that young American Jews are growing increasingly estranged from Judaism. As these efforts press ahead, they are being complicated by a new issue: What role can Israel play in Jewish American life at a time when many American Jews, who

Expanded Medicaid’s fine print holds surprise:
payback’ from estate after death
Seattle Times, by Carol M. Ostrom    Original Article
Posted By: Chaps- 12/16/2013 3:25:24 AM     Post Reply
As thousands of state residents enroll in Washington’s expanded Medicaid program, many will be surprised at fine print: After you’re dead, your estate can be billed for ordinary health-care expenses. The way Prins saw it, that meant health insurance via Medicaid is hardly “free” for Washington residents 55 or older. It’s a loan . . .

People stymied by error
codes on state health exchange
Seattle Times, by Amy Snow Landa    Original Article
Posted By: Chaps- 12/16/2013 2:35:10 AM     Post Reply
Washington residents who keep getting error codes when they try to enroll in health coverage on the state’s online insurance marketplace, Healthplanfinder, may still be able to get coverage by Jan. 1 — even if they are unable to complete enrollment by the Dec. 23 deadline. . . He said the goal is to help people who have done everything they can to enroll but repeatedly get error codes because of problems with the system. “If they’ve tried, and the problem is something that we’ve created that does not allow them to get through, we want to accommodate them.

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Michelle Bachelet easily
wins Chile presidency
Associated Press, by Eva Vergara    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/16/2013 2:15:04 AM     Post Reply
Santiago, Chile - Chile´s once and future President Michelle Bachelet won Sunday´s runoff election after promising profound changes in society in response to years of street protests. With 90% of the votes counted, Bachelet had an unbeatable 62% to 38% for the center-right´s Evelyn Matthei, who conceded defeat. A moderate socialist, Bachelet served as president in 2006-2010, then ran the United Nation´s women´s agency from New York as her successor, conservative Sebastian Pinera, was confronted with widespread demonstrations for change. She has a new center-left coalition and promises to finance education with higher corporate

No Murray-Ryan interview for Fox
Politico, by Burgess Everett    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/15/2013 11:14:55 PM     Post Reply
Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray declined a joint interview with House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan on "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace said. Unable to secure a bipartisan, bicameral interview about the Ryan-Murray bipartisan budget agreement, Wallace instead interviewed only Republican Ryan from Wisconsin. While Democrat Murray from Washington state spurned Fox, according to Wallace, it wasn´t because she was trying to avoid appearing with her Republican counterpart on the same set. She conducted a joint interview for NBC´s "Meet the Press" and also gave a press conference alongside Ryan in the Senate´s TV studio last week to

US embassy in London unveils
huge tapestry of Obama, gushes
over his ‘warm smile’ [pics]
Twitchy, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/15/2013 11:14:51 PM     Post Reply
The newly installed tapestry of President Obama casts a warm smile over guests at an event @USAinUK last night. 8:02 AM - 13 Dec 2013 Bask in the warmth, Twitchy readers. Just bask. Creepy RT @USAinUK: newly installed tapestry of Obama casts a warm smile over guests at an event @USAinUK last night. President Selfie fits right in, huh?

President Obama to jet off this
week for 17-day vacation in Hawaii
over Christmas and New Year
Daily Mail (UK), by David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/15/2013 11:09:09 PM     Post Reply
President Obama and his family are expected to leave Washington later this week for a 17-day vacation in Hawaii. This will be the First Family´s sixth Christmas in Hawaii since he was elected president, and in keeping with tradition they are expected to spend it on the island of Kailua. The White House announced on Friday that the Obamas will depart next week after what is expected to be a light work schedule for the president in Washington.The president and his family traditionally spend their Christmas break in a rented private beach front residence with spectacular ocean views.



NSA officials consider Edward
Snowden amnesty in return
for documents
Guardian [UK], by Spencer Ackerman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/15/2013 11:00:51 PM     Post Reply
Washington -National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the extensive document trove the whistleblower took from the agency. An amnesty, which does not have the support of the State Department, would represent a surprising denouement to an international drama that has lasted half a year. It is particularly unexpected from a surveillance agency that has spent months insisting that Snowden’s disclosures have caused vast damage to US national security. The NSA official in charge of assessing the alleged damage caused by Snowden’s leaks, Richard Ledgett, told

After Senate budget vote, few
hopes for a productive 2014
Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/15/2013 10:54:26 PM     Post Reply
The bipartisan budget compromise that passed the House by a wide margin last week has inspired House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to blast outside conservative groups that he said were using Republican members of Congress for their own gain. It has inspired kind words between the two legislators — Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) — who hammered out the deal. And it has inspired hope that, after years of governing by crisis, Congress may begin returning to something resembling regular order. But that hope masks a deeply divided Senate,

´Billy Jack´ actor-writer
Tom Laughlin dies at 82
CNN, by Alan Duke    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/15/2013 10:26:40 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles -- Tom Laughlin, the actor who wrote and starred in the "Billy Jack" films of the 1970s, died Thursday, his family confirmed Sunday. He was 82. Laughlin´s Billy Jack character was a heroic Native American ex-Army Green Beret who used his karate skills to fight racism and oppression. The second of the series -- titled "Billy Jack" -- was a low-budget independent film that became a box-office blockbuster in 1971. Laughlin´s vigilante character defends a counterculture "Freedom School" from townspeople who harass and discriminate against the Native American students. The film was criticized by those who saw its central

Joan Fontaine, actress who won
Oscar for "Suspicion," dies at 96
Los Angeles Times, by Claudia Luther    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/15/2013 10:19:04 PM     Post Reply
Joan Fontaine, the coolly beautiful 1940s actress who won an Oscar for her role in Alfred Hitchcock´s “Suspicion” and who became almost as well-known for her lifelong feud with her famous older sister, Olivia de Havilland, has died. She was 96. Fontaine died Sunday of natural causes at her home in Carmel, said her assistant, Susan Pfeiffer. In addition to winning an Academy Award as best actress for “Suspicion,” Fontaine was also nominated as best actress for her role in Hitchcock´s “Rebecca” (1940) and, three years later, for Edmund Goulding´s “The Constant Nymph.”



Who are these Obamacare navigators?
Dallas Morning News, (TX), by Pete Sessions and Darrell Issa    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/15/2013 9:29:48 PM     Post Reply
To help the American people navigate the onerous and confusing requirements of signing up for Obamacare exchanges, the administration spent millions of taxpayer dollars to create the navigator program. Disturbingly, news reports from the last four weeks have highlighted numerous examples of fraudulent activity related to health navigators in Texas. So — who are these navigators and what is their role in Obamacare? To help answer that question, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is holding a field hearing Monday at the Charles Eisemann Center in Richardson. Implementation of the program — much like the rest of the law

Obama Turned Benghazi
into Al Qaeda Terrorist Hub
Frontpage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/15/2013 9:03:43 PM     Post Reply
Obama justified his Libyan War to the American people by claiming that people of Benghazi were in danger from Gaddafi. After he succeeded in overthrowing Gaddafi, Benghazi reverted to its radical roots and became a city run by terrorist militias leading to the murder of four Americans. And now a fifth American. That shouldn’t be surprising because Benghazi had become a stop on the Jihadi Express. Every week, about a dozen Syrians arrive at Benghazi’s airport for what’s described as insurgent training. When they fly out, they’re carrying fake Libyan passports, according to three officials familiar with the comings and goings of

´She needs your continued prayers´:
17-year-old girl in critical condition
after Colorado school shooting
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: nhchemist- 12/15/2013 8:59:06 PM     Post Reply
A 17-year-old girl is in critical condition after authorities say she was shot at point-blank range by an 18-year-old gunman at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. Friday afternoon. At a news conference Saturday, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson identified Claire Davis as the victim and read a statement from her family saying that first responders and a trauma team at nearby Littleton Adventist Hospital had saved her life, but she was suffering from severe head trauma. (Snip) When an armed school resource officer entered the room, Pierson believed he was cornered and turned his gun on himself

Business, GOP May Regret
Attacking Tea Party
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/15/2013 8:48:51 PM     Post Reply
Lobbyists and the GOP political establishment applauded Speaker John Boehner´s strident attacks against the Tea Party and conservatives as the House prepared to approve the Ryan-Murray budget deal. Boehner hadsaid that conservative groups had "lost all credibility" for opposing a budget deal that increases the national debt. While business groups may get a tingle hearing Boehner´s harsh words, one wonders how alienating the grass roots will help them curtail the next government overreach. “You didn´t hear all the applause across downtown?” Dirk Van Dongen, a top GOP lobbyist with the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) said about Boehner´s remarks. “Folks



Senators McCain, Murphy join
massive Ukraine anti-government
protest, threaten sanctions
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/15/2013 8:48:25 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Senators John McCain and Chris Murphy joined around 200,000 anti-government protesters in the central square of Ukraine´s capital Sunday, threatening sanctions against the government of President Viktor Yanukovych if authorities use more violence to disperse demonstrators. Anti-government protesters have set up an extensive tent camp in Kiev and erected barricades of snow hardened with freezing water and studded with scrap wood and other junk. McCain, R-Ariz., and Murphy, D-Conn., joined the anti-government demonstration to express support for them and their European ambitions. The protests began Nov. 21 after Yanukovych announced he was backing away from signing a long-awaited agreement

Traditional 40 and 60-watt light bulbs
set to be banned from January 1 as
manufacturers are forced to produce
energy efficient but expensive alternatives
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/15/2013 8:47:54 PM     Post Reply
Fans of the country’s most popular light bulbs - the traditional 40 and 60-watt incandescent bulbs - are being encouraging to start stocking up as on January 1 it will become illegal for American businesses to either manufacture or import the old-style bulbs. Possible alternatives to the old-style bulbs are halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL), LED bulbs and high efficiency incandescents - all are more energy efficient, but also more expensive. ‘Get them while you still can,’ Home Depot, the nation’s largest bulb retailer, is urging on its website. ´Stock up on incandescent light bulbs before they are completely discontinued.´

Report: W.H. delayed Obamacare,
EPA rules till after 2012 election
CBS News, by Jake Miller    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/15/2013 8:43:43 PM     Post Reply
In an effort to ease President Obama’s reelection bid, the White House delayed the imposition of a series of regulations affecting Obamacare and environmental protection ahead of the 2012 election, according to a new report in the Washington Post. While the administration has said its approach to regulatory review is consistent with that of previous administrations, several former administration officials told the Post that the delays were longer under Mr. Obama than his predecessors, and that the motive behind them was clearly political. The regulations in question governed some of the most politically sensitive aspects of the president’s agenda. One determined which

Men in Santa costumes, possibly part
of SantaCon, fight near Union Square
New York Daily News, by Tina Moore    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/15/2013 8:33:35 PM     Post Reply
It was a brou-Ho-Ho. A group of men wearing Santa suits got into a brawl near Union Square that was caught on video Saturday night, cops said."We´re looking into it," said NYPD spokesman Sgt. Lee Jones said after the Daily News notified cops of the video that was posted on YouTube. "We don´t have any reported assaults right now. We know about it." The fight involving about eight men dressed as Santa Claus erupted at the corner of 17th St. and Third Ave. around 8:15 p.m., he said.The revelers were believed to be partaking in SantaCon, an annual event that saturates

Packers come back from 23
down to stun Tony Romo, Cowboys
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/15/2013 8:31:27 PM     Post Reply
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Flynn and the Green Bay Packers matched the biggest comeback in franchise history. Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys have a loss that might sting for a long time. Flynn threw four touchdown passes in the second half, Eddie Lacy had the winning score on a 1-yard plunge after an interception by Romo gave them another chance, and the Packers rallied from 23 points down at halftime to beat the Cowboys 37-36 Sunday.(Snip) Bryant walked off the field and into the tunnel before the game ended.


Budget deal still short of
votes to pass Senate: Durbin
Reuters, by Vicki Allen    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/15/2013 8:31:01 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are still short of the votes needed to pass a budget deal that would avoid a government shutdown in January and blunt automatic spending cuts, Senator Dick Durbin, the chamber´s No. 2 Democrat, said on Sunday. "The struggle is still on in the United States Senate. We will need about eight Republicans to come our way. I feel we´ll have a good strong showing from the Democratic side, but we need bipartisan support to pass it," Durbin, of Illinois, said on the CBS "Face the Nation" program. The Republican-led House of Representatives on a broad bipartisan vote last

ObamaCare´s Troubles
Are Only Beginning
Wall Street Journal, by Michael J. Boskin    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/15/2013 8:29:52 PM     Post Reply
The White House is claiming that the Healthcare.gov website is mostly fixed, that the millions of Americans whose health plans were canceled thanks to government rules may be able to keep them for another year, and that in any event these people will get better plans through ObamaCare exchanges. Whatever the truth of these assertions, those who expect better days ahead for the Affordable Care Act are in for a rude awakening. The shocks—economic and political—will get much worse next year and beyond. Here´s why: The "sticker shock" that many buyers of new, ACA-compliant health plans have experienced—with premiums 30% higher,

DC Lobbyists Cheer Boehner´s War on Tea Party
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/15/2013 8:09:17 PM     Post Reply
Lobbyists are reportedly "pumping their fists" over House Speaker John Boehner´s declaration of war against the Tea Party last week. According to The Hill, lobbyists were "pleasantly surprised by" Boehner´s "strident remarks" last week in which he said Tea Party groups have lost "all credibility" after they opposed the budget compromise that increased taxes. Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said Boehner´s words were a declaration of war on grassroots conservatives. The budget deal was brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). Amnesty supporters, including big-business lobbyists, wanted the deal so it could clear the

Saudi prince blasts Obama
Sydney Morning Herald (AUS), by Steven Erlanger    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/15/2013 8:02:47 PM     Post Reply
Monaco: An influential Saudi prince has blasted the Obama administration for indecision and a loss of credibility with allies in the Middle East, saying that American efforts to secure a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians would founder without a clear commitment from President Barack Obama. ‘‘We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white,’’ said Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia. ‘‘When that kind of assurance comes from a leader of a country like the United States, we expect him to

Random Street Assaults: Are
They Part Of A Larger Game?
National Public Radio, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/15/2013 7:48:39 PM     Post Reply
In the last few weeks, stories have emerged about the so-called knockout game, wherein black teenagers are said to assault white strangers and run away. NPR´s Rachel Martin talks with Code Switch blogger Gene Demby about media coverage of the activity.(snip)MARTIN: What does a story like this, one that connects crime and race, what does it say about how we as individuals view crime, crime statistics, depending on our experience? DEMBY: It´s really hard to separate our own traumas from larger social trends. How do you say to someone who has been assaulted on the street that this did not happen

The fatcat ecocrats exposed:
Web of ´green´ politicians, tycoons and
power brokers who help each other benefit
from billions raised on your bills
Daily Mail, (UK), by David Rose    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/15/2013 7:32:32 PM     Post Reply
The Mail on Sunday today reveals the extraordinary web of political and financial interests creating dozens of eco-millionaires from green levies on household energy bills. A three-month investigation shows that some of the most outspoken campaigners who demand that consumers pay the colossal price of shifting to renewable energy are also getting rich from their efforts.(snip)Among the most astonishing features exposed by our investigation is the way in which vehement advocates for radical policies designed to curb global warming are making huge sums of money from their work. Here are some of the key figures among the new breed of fat-cat

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