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Jon Stewart Chuckles Over ´Knockout
Games,´ Claims not a Trend
Breitbart´s Big Hollywood, by Christian Toto    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2013 10:46:03 PM     Post Reply
Jon Stewart finds the notion of a possible "knockout game" trend absolutely hilarious. Stewart brought up the brutal attacks on The Daily Show Monday night, chortling along as he described a series of physical assaults on innocent victims. The liberal comic couldn´t scrounge up much sympathy for the victims, nor did he think it might be helpful to boost the penalties against such assaults. The show dubbed the rash of attacks Meet the Knockers to parody the Meet the Fockers film with a comical image of a fist surrounded by a comic book-style halo. Instead, he used his favorite tool--the cherry picker--to insinuate

Loss of Faith in GOP Kept Conservatives
Out of Ryan-Murray Budget Fight
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2013 10:39:53 PM     Post Reply
In the days immediately following the release of the budget deal negotiated between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), House Speaker John Boehner launched a preemptive attack on conservative and tea party grass roots activists. Saying these groups had "lost all credibility" by attacking a budget deal that hiked federal spending, Boehner was trying to marginalize conservatives and blunt their influence in the debate. He needn´t have bothered. Conservatives were largely absent from the fight over the Ryan-Murray budget. That says more about Republicans, however, than it does about conservatives.

Rep. Peter King Launches PAC
Targeting Ted Cruz, Rand Paul
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2013 10:36:11 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Peter King, the New York Republican who is at loggerheads with Tea Party leadersTed Cruz and Rand Paul, has started a political action committee called American Leadership Now. King, considering a 2016 presidential run, wants to encourage the GOP to be more moderate on domestic issues while remaining hawkish on foreign policy. King told Politico, “It’s a vehicle that will enable me to go around the country to try to find like-minded Republicans who do not support a government shutdown, who do not support Ted Cruz’s whole idea of a government shutdown, of Rand Paul being isolationist." He added, "It gives



Judicial Watch Obtains Transcript
Revealing that CIA Director John
Brennan was Behind the ‘Serious’
Underwear Bomber Leak
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2013 10:31:56 PM     Post Reply
Judicial Watch has obtained a full transcript of a teleconference between then White House top counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and members of the media. Brennan is now the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. During the May 7, 2012 conference call, Brennan twice told TV terrorism consultants that US intelligence had “inside control” of a May 2012 terror plot. Brennan’s disclosure made headlines quickly, with Reuters reporting a few days later: The next day’s headlines were filled with news of a U.S. spy planted inside Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), who had acquired the latest, non-metallic model

Suspect in 9/11 Case Is Ejected From a
Guantánamo Court After Outbursts
New York Times, by Charlie Savage    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/17/2013 10:27:37 PM     Post Reply
FORT MEADE, Md. — A military judge on Tuesday twice expelled Ramzi bin al-Shibh — one of five Guantánamo Bay detainees facing a death penalty trial — from a courtroom at the military base there in Cuba after he disrupted proceedings by shouting about his treatment.(snip) As guards took him away the second time to watch the hearing on a monitor in a nearby holding cell, Mr. bin al-Shibh’s voice faded from the closed-circuit feed that reporters — some at a media facility on the base, some here at Fort Meade — are allowed to watch. He appeared to be shouting something like “I am not a war criminal; you are a war criminal.”

Reid ‘Fills the Tree’ to Block Iran
Sanctions Amendment on Defense Bill
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2013 10:23:37 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — A host of key amendments to the defense reauthorization bill will not be allowed when the spending measure comes up for a cloture vote on Wednesday, and Senate Republicans charge it’s because Democratic leaders want to avoid a potentially embarrassing vote for the Obama administration. “We will tomorrow turn to a defense authorization bill that’s been handled in such a way that there have essentially been no amendments. This is obviously to protect the administration from having a vote on enhanced sanctions on Iran,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters after a closed policy luncheon

Larry Klayman crows on NSA win:
‘We hit the mother lode’
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 10:18:12 PM     Post Reply
Larry Klayman’s long journey in the legal wilderness appears to be over. Klayman, the conservative legal activist well-known in Washington political circles a decade ago for his no-holds-barred court battles against the Clinton administration, was thrust back into the spotlight Monday after he obtained the first major ruling from a federal judge that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program was constitutionally flawed.“We hit the mother lode,” an elated Klayman said Monday, indulging in some of the hyperbole he became known for during his 1990s crusades. “It was the biggest decision in the context of the government in



Levin: U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Is About Cronyism, Not Capitalism
Cybercast News Service, by James Beattie    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2013 10:15:41 PM     Post Reply
Mark Levin said Monday on his syndicated radio program Monday that the United States Chamber of Commerce is "not about capitalism, they´re about cronyism," continuing with the theme of the divide between "establishment Republicans" and "conservatives." Levin discussed an Opensecrets.org report showing that, in the 2012 election cycle, the Chamber gave $6,275,199 in campaign contributions to candidates, Leadership Political Action Committees (PACs), parties, and 527 committees.The top individual recipients were Mitt Romney, Senate Candidate Laura Lingle (R-Hawaii), Senate Candidate George Allen (R-Va.),

Conservatives Freak Out That Guy In
Obama Tweet Isn´t Manly Enough
Business Insider Magazine, by Joe Weisenthal    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/17/2013 10:14:57 PM     Post Reply
There´s something a little bit annoying about these calls to talk about Obamacare over Christmas, though on the other hand... -- Getting healthcare coverage is an important topic for a lot of people -- Political and economic issues are more fun to talk about at holidaytime than most other topics that people chit-chat about. But this is not what conservatives are reacting to. They´re flipping out that the face of un-covered America is not manly looking enough. Here are a couple of representative tweets, but really there are a lot more.

Tom Latham is 3rd House member
to declare retirement Tuesday
Washington Examiner (DC), by Sean Lengell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 10:12:45 PM     Post Reply
Tuesday was a busy day for House retirements, as Iowa Rep. Tom Latham was the third lawmaker to say he wouldn´t run for reelection next year. Latham, a Republican who serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, said the decision not to seek an 11th term was "most difficult." "I will never find the words that can adequately reflect how truly blessed I feel," said Latham, 65, in a prepared statement. "For a farm kid from a small town in Franklin County this has truly been an amazing and honored experience." Latham, who was first elected to Congress in 1994, added he still has "a great amount of work to do on behalf of this

Marine facing probe for emailing
Afghan threat warning garners
Hill backing ahead of hearing
Fox News, by Catherine Herridge    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2013 10:09:46 PM     Post Reply
A Marine facing military discharge for mistakenly sending a threat warning from an unclassified email account garnered high-level support ahead of a military hearing that began Tuesday, with several members of Congress leaping to his defense. Maj. Jason Brezler, a Marine Corps reservist and New York City fire fighter was facing a board of inquiry -- the equivalent of an administrative hearing in the military -- for warning his fellow Marines of an insider threat in August 2012. He had tried to warn about an Afghan police chief -- known to be linked to the Taliban, and also a child predator. Brezler´s



Feeling besieged, tea party groups
prepare for policy battles
Washington Post, by Stephanie McCrummen    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 10:09:43 PM     Post Reply
GREENVILLE, S.C. — It had been four days since House Speaker John A. Boehner slammed conservative groups for opposing a bipartisan budget deal, saying they’d “lost all credibility,” and “I don’t care what they do,” and other things read as a declaration of independence from the tea party movement that has held sway over the Republican Party. Now it was Monday evening far from Washington, in a restaurant called Tommy’s Country Ham House, and the very people who felt insulted by Boehner’s remarks were beginning to gather — a crowd of 150 or so coming to say they were not done yet. Although poll numbers showed the tea party

Marine Could Be Discharged For
Warning About Possible Threat
Days Before Deadly Attack
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2013 10:07:05 PM     Post Reply
A hearing was held today for a Marine Corps reservist who could be dishonorably discharged for trying to warn his fellow Marines about an Afghan police chief’s links to the Taliban. Maj. Jason Brezler had tried to warn about Afghan Police Chief Sarwar Jan, a known child predator with ties to the Taliban. Jan was routinely allowed on military bases, but Brezler believed he should not be. Brezler said he was trying to do the right thing by sending the warning, but it was issued through a personal email account, which is an unclassified channel. The warning was ultimately ignored, and days later, three Marines lost their lives when

Sen. Coburn´s Wastebook: extravagant
government spending amid claims
cupboard is bare
Fox News, by Doug McKelway    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2013 9:58:50 PM     Post Reply
This year´s installment of Senator Tom Coburn´s annual Wastebook may make politicians on both sides of the aisle squirm with discomfort: it documents extravagant federal government waste in a year when many complained that sequestration left nothing to cut. "We´ve had the Defense Department and people in the other non-Defense discretionary departments screaming the cupboard is bare. There´s nothing else to cut. The fact is that just isn´t true," the Oklahoma Republican told reporters as he unveiled the 2013 Wastebook on Tuesday. The Department of Defense comes under special scrutiny in Coburn’s report.

Wow, that´s pretty gay!
Philly.com (PA), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/17/2013 9:57:56 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced his delegates to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. And, in what may be a thumb in the eye to Russian President Vladimir Putin over his crackdown on gay rights, two of Obama´s delegates are openly gay. Billie Jean King, the tennis legend, and Caitlin Cahow, an Olympic medalist in women’s ice hockey, are both part of the U.S. delegation. Both are out lesbians. Another member of the U.S. delegation, figure skating Olympic medalist Brian Boitano, routinely declines to answer questions about his sexuality, saying "everybody´s got their own path"



Obama and the Redneck Tenors
Townhall, by Todd Starnes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/17/2013 9:48:14 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is packing his bags for a 17-day, taxpayer-funded Christmas vacation to Hawaii, The Washington Times reported. The vacation begins on Friday, December 20. The first family will reportedly be shacking up at a palatial ocean-front home that rents for $24,500 a week. When you toss in the shaved ice, greens fees, and gas for Air Force One, the American taxpayers could be on the hook for one mighty expensive Hawaiian holiday. The Hawaii Reporter ran the numbers on last year’s trip and found that it cost taxpayers more than $4 million. That’s some pricy poi. And while the first

John McCain: Republicans Voting Against
Budget Deal Lack ‘Intellectual Integrity’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2013 9:45:04 PM     Post Reply
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took some shots at his fellow Republicans during Tuesday’s Senate debate over the proposed bipartisan budget deal put together by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). Joining the more moderate wing of the Republican Party, McCain declared his strong support for the deal and accused any members of the GOP who plan to vote against it of lacking “intellectual integrity.” McCain said he was supporting the bill for two reasons: One, to prevent the possibility of another government shutdown, and two, to alleviate the “devastating impact of sequestration on our military.” “The American people steadfastly

An NSA Coworker Remembers
The Real Edward Snowden:
´A Genius Among Geniuses´
Forbes, by Andy Greenberg    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 12/17/2013 9:42:04 PM     Post Reply
Perhaps Edward Snowden’s hoodie should have raised suspicions. The black sweatshirt sold by the civil libertarian Electronic Frontier Foundation featured a parody of the National Security Agency’s logo, with the traditional key in an eagle’s claws replaced by a collection of AT&T cables, and eavesdropping headphones covering the menacing bird’s ears. Snowden wore it regularly to stay warm in the air-conditioned underground NSA Hawaii Kunia facility known as “the tunnel.” (Snip) “That kid was a genius among geniuses,” says the NSA staffer. “NSA is full of smart people, but anybody who sat in a meeting with Ed will tell you

Disabled Military Retirees Not Exempt
from Pension Cuts in Budget Deal
Washington Free Beacon, by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/17/2013 9:40:19 PM     Post Reply
A provision cutting the pensions of military retirees in the bipartisan budget deal that the Senate will vote on this week does not exempt disabled veterans, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. Disabled retirees were previously thought to be exempt from the changes to military retiree pay, which could cost servicemembers up to $124,000 over a 20-year period. The Free Beacon previously reported that military retirees under the age of 62 would receive 1 percentage point less in their annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in the plan crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee

Exclusive: Iran nabbed CIA asset
Levinson, says witness (+video)
Christian Science Monitor, by Scott Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 12/17/2013 9:35:42 PM     Post Reply
Tehran - The last known man to see Robert Levinson alive in Iran now says that the CIA contractor who disappeared in 2007 was definitely detained by Iranian authorities and is almost certainly still in Iranian custody if he remains alive. Dawud Salahuddin, an African-American convert to Islam who met with Mr. Levinson on Iran’s resort island of Kish in 2007, told the Monitor in Tehran that they were detained at the Maryam Hotel on March 9, 2007, by six plainclothes policemen and then separated. "They took me away, and when I left – we were down in the lobby – Levinson was surrounded by four Iranian police,” says Salahuddin,


Tech executives to Obama:
NSA spying revelations
are hurting business
Washington Post, by Cecilia Kang and Ellen Nakashima    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/17/2013 9:29:53 PM     Post Reply
Leaders of the nation’s biggest technology firms warned President Obama during a lengthy meeting at the White House on Tuesday that National Security Agency spying programs are damaging their reputations and could harm the broader economy. Cisco Systems has said it is seeing customers, especially overseas, back away from American-branded technology after documents revealed that the NSA enlisted tech firms and also secretly tapped into their data hubs around the world as the agency pursued terrorism suspects. Companies such as IBM, AT&T and Verizon Communications are facing angry shareholders, some of whom have filed

5 million fall into Obamacare coverage gap
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/17/2013 9:24:53 PM     Post Reply
The Kaiser Family Foundation said Tuesday that roughly 5 million Americans will earn too much money to qualify for a government health-insurance program and too little to qualify for subsidized coverage under Obamacare next year. These Americans are in this “coverage gap” because they live in states that opted not to expand Medicaid under President Obama’s overhaul. The nonpartisan organization said the people that fall into this coverage gap are concentrated in states with the largest uninsured populations. More than a fifth of them live in Texas, 16 percent live in Florida, 8 percent in Georgia, 7 percent in North Carolina

Army to cut up to 4,000 captains and majors
Washington Times, by Douglas Ernst    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/17/2013 9:22:59 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Army is sending roughly 19,000 active-duty captains and majors to a screening board for early separation this spring, the Army Times reported. Up to 20 percent of those screened — approximately 3,800 officers — could be scheduled to leave the service by the Officer Separation Board and Enhanced Selective Early Retirement Board. Officers with fewer than 18 years of federal active service will have their screening process done by OSB, and those with more than 18 years of service will see the E-SERB, according to the Army Times. “The Army’s drawdown plan is a balanced approach while maintaining

Exclusive–Rep. Phil Gingrey to
Sebelius: Prove You Met with
President About Obamacare
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/17/2013 9:15:20 PM     Post Reply
In a move sure to spark consternation inside the White House, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) sent a letter Tuesday to embattled Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting she produce a list of the one-on-one meetings she and President Barack Obama allege to have held in the over three-and-a-half years leading up to Obamacare’s calamitous rollout—meetings that do not appear on the White House´s own official calendar. “I have been greatly concerned over the lack of transparency and disregard for straight answers,” says Gingrey in his letter to Sebelius. “The Government Accountability Institute reported this

Senate GOP fails in final bid to restore
military pension cuts to budget bill
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/17/2013 9:08:06 PM     Post Reply
A final effort by Senate Republicans to halt cuts to pensions of military retirees failed late Tuesday, after Democrats blocked an amendment to the controversial budget bill. The two-year budget agreement, which cleared a key test vote earlier in the day, was expected to get a final vote no later than Wednesday. Ahead of the final vote, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., tried unsuccessfully to use a parliamentary tactic to force a vote on the amendment, which he wrote to undo the cuts for military retirees. A provision in the already House-passed bill would cut retirement benefits for military retirees by $6 billion over

Antibiotics of the future
Wall Street Journal, by Shirley S. Wang    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/17/2013 8:47:47 PM     Post Reply
Scientists are working to develop new strategies to combat the growing threat of germs that current antibiotics can´t fight. Some researchers are testing new substances, such as silver, to combine with antibiotics to boost their killing power. Other researchers are making use of genetic sequencing of bacteria to help develop killer drugs at a faster pace than medical science was capable of in the past. Another strategy aims to render harmful bacteria incapable of infecting people, rather than killing the germs outright. One such technique would neutralize disease-causing toxins by disrupting the bacteria´s internal mechanisms.

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