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Italy’s president fears violent insurrection
in 2014 but offers no remedy
Telegraph [UK], by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/17/2013 5:17:01 PM     Post Reply
Events in Italy are turning serious. President Giorgio Napolitano has warned of “widespread social tension and unrest” in 2014 as the Long Slump drags on. Those living on the margins are being drawn into “indiscriminate and violent protest, a sterile lurch towards total opposition”. His latest speech is a veritable Jeremiad. Thousands of companies are on the “brink of collapse”. Great masses of the working people are on the dole or at risk of losing their jobs. Very high rates of youth unemployment (41pc) are leading to dangerous alienation. “The recession is still biting hard, and there is a pervasive

George Zimmerman made a
painting; bidding on EBay nears $100,000
Los Angeles Times, by Matt Pearce    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/17/2013 5:13:47 PM     Post Reply
The rumors are true: George Zimmerman is a painter now. And his first creation, which was listed on EBay this week, has sparked a bidding war that has pushed its price up from a starting point of $0.99 to almost $100,000 as of Tuesday morning. It´s a blue American flag featuring part of the Pledge of Allegiance. "Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself," the EBay posting from user therealgeorgez reads. "I found a creative, way to express myself, my emotions and the symbols that represent my experiences. My art work allows me to reflect, providing

(Almost) Everyone Loses
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2013 5:11:13 PM     Post Reply
Reason´s Peter Suderman takes note of a poll result that surprises him: Obamacare has lost the uninsured. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released this week asked uninsured individuals whether or not they thought the law was a good idea. Just 24 percent said they thought it was. In contrast, half the uninsured polled said they thought it was a bad idea. As the Journal points out, that represents an 11 point drop in support for the law amongst the uninsured since September. The same poll also finds that 56 percent of the uninsured believe the law will have a negative effect

  


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Rand Paul Plots NSA Class-
Action Lawsuit Options
US News, by Steven Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/17/2013 5:08:34 PM     Post Reply
After months of consideration, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is moving closer to filing a lawsuit in federal court against National Security Agency surveillance programs. A senior Paul staffer says U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon´s Monday decision that NSA opponents have standing to sue over the bulk collection of phone records makes Paul "much more likely" to file his own lawsuit. The senior staffer, who spoke with U.S. News on background, says hundreds of thousands of people volunteered online as possible plaintiffs after Paul first floated the idea of a class-action lawsuit in June. The senator has not firmly decided to

The energy industry is preparing
to move beyond Keystone XL —
and that’s no eco-lobby victory
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 4:53:26 PM     Post Reply
If there is one overarching lesson to be found in yesterday’s Energy Information Administration report on the United States’ relatively newfound and positively dizzying energy abundance largely unlocked by the auspices of the private sector and recent drilling innovations, it’s that fossil fuels are not going anywhere for quite awhile — which makes it rather unfortunate for the radically progressive eco-contingent that they have worked so very hard to manufacture the Keystone XL pipeline as the major politicized issue on which to hang their climate-change hats. The oil-and-gas industry is awash in resources, and while the

Haters gonna hate. But they
plan to vote Republican.
Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan & Scott Clement    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 4:50:58 PM     Post Reply
Meet the haters. We’re talking about the voters who’ve had it with all Washington politicians: President Obama, congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats. Despite their distaste for, well, everyone, when push comes to shove, these voters are lining up squarely behind GOP candidates for Congress. It’s encouraging news for a Republican Party eyeing midterm elections now only about 11 months away. Why? Because it suggests the image problems the party’s congressional members have experienced — which have been worse than those suffered by Obama or congressional Democrats — don’t translate to a death knell at the ballot box. Seventy-two percent of voters who disapprove of the job Obama,

Utah Democrat Jim Matheson to Retire
Weekly Standard, by Michael Warren    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/17/2013 4:47:11 PM     Post Reply
Jim Matheson, the lone Democratic congressman from Utah, will not run for reelection in 2014. Matheson announced the decision on his Facebook page: When I launched my first campaign in 1999, I knew that the arc of my public service would have many chapters. It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service. Today, I am announcing that I will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives. Matheson's 2012 Republican opponent was Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs.

  


  

Obama ´hijacks´ tech executive
meeting to make ´PR pitch´ on
Obamacare website fix instead
of dealing with NSA surveillance
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/17/2013 4:35:40 PM     Post Reply
During a White House meeting called to brief America´s largest tech companies today about government overreach in electronic surveillance, President Barack Obama changed the subject – angering some meeting participants by shifting gears to address the failed launch of healthcare.gov. ´That wasn´t what we came for,´ a vice-president of a company whose CEO attended told MailOnline. ´We really didn´t care for a PR pitch about how the administration is trying to salvage its internal health care tech nightmare.´ One executive said that meeting participants were dead-set against straying from the principal focus of the meeting – the uncomfortable and legally

Burning Question: How Did ´Duck
Dynasty´ Become Such a Huge Hit This Year?
Yahoo! TV, by Leslie Gornstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 3:57:25 PM     Post Reply
I know, right? You’d think that the entire country settled in for deep-fried crawdad-stuffed mallards this Thanksgiving instead of turkey, the way the Robertson family has taken over American culture. And by “taken over,” I mean this: record-setting ratings, such as the 11.8 million folks who tuned in to "Duck Dynasty´s" fourth season premiere earlier this year. (That one episode became the No. 1 nonfiction series telecast in the entire history of cable tee-vee, and also claimed more members of the coveted young-adult demographic that night than, well, anythin’.) The mania over all things "Duck Dynasty" has spread beyond just TV,

Obama meets with tech executives
from Apple and Google
Washington Times (D.C.), by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 3:39:21 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s meeting Tuesday with executives from tech companies such as Apple and Google will focus in part on the flawed rollout of HealthCare.gov, the federal web portal tied to Obamacare. The meeting is drawing attention because of a federal ruling on Monday that said the U.S. government’s tech-reliant snooping programs may violate the Constitution. But the health care angle will bubble to the surface, too, Reuters reported, as the White House stares down a key deadline for people seeking coverage under the Affordable Care Act. People who lack or lost insurance have until Monday to enroll in a health

Mall Carjacking Victim´s Uncle:
´I Want Them to Die´
ABC News, by Colleen Curry    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2013 3:31:44 PM     Post Reply
A relative of the New Jersey attorney who died Sunday when thieves shot and carjacked him at a shopping mall says he wants the perpetrators to die for the "selfishness of their crime." "What do I want? I want the punks responsible to pay," said Dr. Mark Schare, the uncle of Dustin Friedland. "I want them to die. I want them to get what they gave." Schare´s sharp-worded statement was aimed at assailants who approached Friedland, 30, and his wife, Jamie, in a parking garage Sunday night at Short Hills Mall, where the couple had been Christmas shopping. They shot Friedland, ordered

  


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Obamacare smackdown
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/17/2013 3:27:11 PM     Post Reply
Yet another federal jurist has determined the White House unlawfully infringed on religious freedom with its blinkered insistence that Obamacare health insurance policies must be identical, no matter what. Brooklyn Federal Judge Brian Cogan rebuked the administration for ordering two New York Catholic high schools — Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx and Monsignor Farrell on Staten Island — to provide contraception and sterilization coverage to employees. Standing for American tradition, Cogan also neatly exposed as a sham the Obama administration’s scheme to pretend the government was not compelling faith-based organizations, such as the high schools, to violate their core beliefs. Obama

Minorities disproportionately
represented in health care ´coverage gap´
McClatchy News, by Tony Pugh    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/17/2013 3:18:54 PM     Post Reply
Washington — New data from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that minorities will make up 53 percent of the estimated 4.8 million low-income Americans who will fall into the "coverage gap," leaving them without viable options to obtain health insurance next year. In the 25 states that won´t expand eligibility for the Medicaid program, many adults earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to qualify for tax credits that would help them purchase marketplace insurance. That puts them into the bureaucratic no-man´s land known as the "coverage gap." According to Kaiser, minorities makeup about 2.6 million of

White House names former Microsoft
exec to run Healthcare.gov
CNBC, by Dan Mangan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 2:58:49 PM     Post Reply
[Video] The White House is rebooting HealthCare.gov´s repairman. Former Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene will take over the volunteer job of overseeing ongoing fixes to the federal Obamacare marketplace HealthCare.gov starting Wednesday, officials said. DelBene is replacing management guru Jeffrey Zients, who was tapped by President Obama in October to manage the emergency repair job on that then-badly crippled website. The switch comes at a critical time for HealthCare.gov, which has seen dramatic performance improvements under Zients. The site, which had very low enrollment levels in the first two months of operation because its tech troubles, now is engaged in a

12 Republicans Vote to Advance
Budget Deal That Boosts Spending
Cybercast News Service., by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 2:55:37 PM     Post Reply
The Senate voted 67-33 Tuesday to advance the Ryan-Murray budget compromise that conservatives oppose as fiscally irresponsible. Helping Democrats get the votes they needed, 12 Republicans voted with all 55 Democrats to begin debate on the measure. Republicans joining Democrats to invoke cloture include Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Rob Portman (Ohio). The two-year deal will ease the mandatory spending caps (sequester) imposed by Congress in 2011. This will allow a

  


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45 States Still Haven’t Hit 10%
of Enrollment Goals for Obamacare
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/17/2013 2:53:06 PM     Post Reply
Check out that runaway Obamacare enrollment over on EnrollMaven.com! In Arkansas, its up to 1,404! Well along the way to the state’s goal of 51,000 paid enrollees by the end of March. In Delaware, it’s up to 793! The state’s goal is 35,000. In New Hampshire, they hit 1,569. Getting close to that goal of 19,000! In West Virginia, it’s up to 775! They’ll hit their goal of 24,000 in no time! In Hawaii, all the way up to 444! That goal of 9,000 is in sight! In Colorado they’re up to 9,980… with a goal of 92,000. We can skip

Obamacare Navigators tell applicants
to LIE about their income and smoking
habits to get a better deal, report reveals
Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 2:49:00 PM     Post Reply
Two documents released Monday about the Obamacare ´Navigators´ couldn´t be more different: A congressional report slammed the health insurance helpers for encouraging fraud, while the organization´s own training manual encouraged workers to ´be candid, open, and honest´ and ´build trust´ with Americans seeking health care policies. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released its scathing indictment of the Navigator program in conjunction with a Texas field hearing. Investigators found that volunteers tasked with enrolling Obamacare customers were encouraging applicants to lie in order to get government subsidies and favorable premiums. ´Navigators from the Urban League of Dallas were captured

The impossible trinity of ObamaCare
Fox News, by Michael S. Bernstam    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/17/2013 2:34:24 PM     Post Reply
The problem with ObamaCare is not that it is poorly designed or sloppily implemented. The problem is in the nature of things: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as it has been envisaged, is inherently impossible. To see this, forget ObamaCare for the moment. Think health care in general. Health care can be many things for many people: It can be universal (extended to all people) or selective (available to some people). It can be comprehensive (covers all conditions and cures at any age) or rationed. It can be affordable or prohibitively expensive. But there is one thing that a health care system

Florida school named for honorary
Ku Klux Klan leader to be changed
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: rabid wombat- 12/17/2013 2:12:33 PM     Post Reply
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Students at a Florida high school named after an honorary Ku Klux Klan leader say they are happy that their school will soon be renamed. Students at Nathan B. Forrest High School in Jacksonville say it´s high time for the Confederate general´s name at the majority black school to be removed. That will happen next year after a new name is selected. Tenth grader De'jia Boatwright said she is glad the controversy is over. School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said students voted overwhelmingly in a survey to rename the school because of Forrest's history as a slave trader and historical reports of his order to kill 300 captured black Union soldiers.

Election Of Socialist Is Bad
Omen For Free-Market Chile
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/17/2013 1:47:04 PM     Post Reply
Leftism: Chile has long been a global model of free-market economics. But on Sunday, it elected socialist Michelle Bachelet, who ran on a platform of tax hikes and "free" education. What drives a country to reject success? Bachelet took an astonishing 62% of the vote against her more conservative rival, Evelyn Matthei, who drew just 38%. It wasn´t entirely surprising: Bachelet projected a cheery, confident, maternal demeanor and made few gaffes, quite unlike the less polished Matthei. She also had a good record: As president from 2006 to 2010, she left office with a phenomenal 84% popularity rating — in part, because she

  



Duck Dynasty Star Ducks Barbara
Walters Interview--to Go Hunting
Cybercast News service, by Eric Scheiner    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/17/2013 1:27:07 PM     Post Reply
Many celebrities look forward to a Barbara Walters interview. Not so with Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. He skipped the interview to go duck hunting. Radar Online is reporting that Robertson bailed on Walter’s ‘Most Fascinating People’ interview last month for the ABC network. Walters talked with other members of the Robertson family, and Phil’s wife, Miss Kay, reportedly told her that the 67-year old founder of Duck Commander would rather shoot ducks than do the interview. Walters says on-air that she has, “never been superseded by a duck before.”

Jaclyn Smith breaks down
over ‘Angel’ Farrah Fawcett
New York Post, by Helen Kumari    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/17/2013 1:23:10 PM     Post Reply
“Charlie’s Angels” icon Jac­lyn Smith broke down in tears outside a Los Angeles court on Monday, still mourning the 2009 death of her pal Farrah Fawcett. Smith was in court to support Farrah’s ex Ryan O’Neal, who’s defending himself in a lawsuit filed by the University of Texas over a Warhol painting of Fawcett. Smith was spotted hugging O’Neal and Fawcett’s son, Redmond, before bursting into tears. Moments later, asked why she was crying, Smith told The Post’s Helen ­Kumari that she broke down “seeing Redmond, and I miss Farrah.” The university wants Ryan to fork over two pieces of

You talking to me? Prankster
trolls noisy phone callers during
their (not so) private conversations
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 1:14:59 PM     Post Reply
A professional prankster has set his sights on chatty talkers by beating them at their own game. Greg Benson, one of the funny-men behind the Youtube video production company Mediocre Films, startled people in an airport waiting lounge by creeping up to them while they were on the phone. Many people wouldn´t bat an eyelash if someone just happened to sit next to you in a crowded airport, but it was Benson´s next move that had the talkers startled. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE -Benson pretended like he was talking on his own phone, but the only things he would say

Family: Ryan Freel was suffering
from brain disease CTE
Florida Times Union [Jacksonville], by Justin Barney    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/17/2013 1:14:24 PM     Post Reply
Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a private mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and Sports Legacy Institute was presented to Freel´s mother and stepfather, Norma and Clark Vargas, and to representatives from Major League Baseball on Dec. 11 at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista.

Texas congressmen take aim at
Affordable Care Act’s navigators
Dallas Morning News, by Sherry Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 12:52:03 PM     Post Reply
RICHARDSON — Four Texas congressmen took aim Monday at the federally paid navigators who are helping Texans access insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Their criticism came during an unusual “field hearing” by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The hearing focused on required navigator training and the lack of background checks and fingerprinting for those on the job. “There are many problems with the Affordable Care Act, but I don’t think we ever expected it would be this bad,” said committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. The committee’s other member at the hearing, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus

Motorist checkpoint in
Reading draws questions
Reading Eagle (PA), by Don Spatz    Original Article
Posted By: NYC RAL- 12/17/2013 12:49:48 PM     Post Reply
A private firm with a federal contract - and backed up by city police - forced motorists off Laurel Street and into a private parking lot Friday to question them about their driving habits and ask for a swab of their mouth. "I feel this incident is a gross abuse of power on many levels," Reading resident Ricardo Nieves, one of those stopped, told City Council Monday. He said federal and local tax dollars were being used to stop innocent people without probable cause, and allow a private company to hire uniformed police to force citizens to listen to their

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