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How the Calendar Will Influence
GOP Senate Primaries
Roll Call, by Nathan L. Gonzalez    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 5:03:20 AM     Post Reply
Stories about Republican primaries are all the rage, and we’re still nearly three months from the first actual election. But in all of the analysis of vulnerable senators, voting scorecards and outside groups, it’s important to remember the calendar and how primary results could affect subsequent races. It’s possible that a snowball effect could work for or against tea-party-aligned groups next year, depending on the outcomes. The first Senate primary contest will be March 4 in Texas. Rep. Steve Stockman’s last-minute challenge to GOP Sen. John Cornyn got plenty of media attention. But unless Stockman can find a pot of gold (worth

The Year in Preview:
Obama´s Last Stand
American Prospect, by Walter Shapiro    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 5:00:26 AM     Post Reply
Margaret Chase Smith, the pioneering Republican moderate senator from Maine, was asked by a reporter in the early 1950s what she would do if she awoke to find herself in the White House. She replied, “I’d go straight to Mrs. Truman and apologize. Then I’d go home.” Anyone trying to concoct an agenda for Barack Obama during his remaining 37 months in office should approach the task with similar modesty. The rocky terrain of 2013 is a reminder that life in the Oval Office usually becomes more dispiriting even as the furnishings grow more familiar. After five years, every two-term

ObamaCare fibs make
Obama the year’s biggest liar
New York Post, by Michael Goodwin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 4:53:37 AM     Post Reply
Congratulations to President Obama. He keeps racking up victories, and now has been named winner of the Lie of the Year award. Oops, so sorry. Being No. 1 isn’t always a good thing. Then again, the sponsor of the award, PolitiFact, understated the president’s great skill at bending the arc of truth. The fact-checkers called Obama’s claim that “if you like your health-care plan, you can keep it” the biggest whopper of 2013, and 59 percent of its mostly liberal readers agreed. But hold on, that’s discrimination. Think of all the other known ObamaCare lies that got overlooked. His promise that you can keep

  


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Not Trying to Ban Guns –
Except When We Are
PJ Media, by Clayton E. Cramer    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/18/2013 4:49:18 AM     Post Reply
I was invited to speak at a law school symposium in November at the University of Connecticut. I was there to speak about the connection between mental illness and mass murder. (If curious, my presentation starts at about 2:20:00 in this video stream.) It was an interesting experience, and a reminder of how much trouble the gun control movement is in, and of how dishonest their arguments really are. Richard Aborn, formerly chairman of Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Campaign), spoke at the symposium. Aborn claimed that he supported reasonable gun control laws. Aborn even argued that the U.S. Supreme

Cover Oregon bans criticism
of Obamacare. Wait… what?
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 4:43:54 AM     Post Reply
You folks should know by now that you don’t speak ill of your betters. (H/T to The Examiner.) The state most likely to be named the country’s worst Obamacare exchange is reportedly banning its partners from saying almost anything negative about it in a broad confidentiality agreement. Radio host Lars Larson and his show’s legal expert Bruce McCain report that in order to contract with Cover Oregon, so-called “community partners” are forced to sign a far-reaching non-disparagement agreement that could put the organizations at risk of losing all their grant money if Oregon state officials decide they disagree with any unfavorable statements

Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Reason Magazine, by Cathy Young    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/18/2013 4:40:06 AM     Post Reply
One evening in February 2012, Vassar College students Xialou "Peter" Yu and Mary Claire Walker, both members of the school´s rowing team, had a few drinks at a team gathering and left together as the party wound down. After a make-out session at a campus nightspot, they went to Yu´s dorm room, where, by his account, they had sex that was not only consensual but mainly initiated by Walker, who reassured her inexperienced partner that she knew what to do. At some point, Yu´s roommate walked in on them; after he was gone, Yu says, Walker decided she wanted to

Union official: Smoking, obesity,
other health issues could mean
paying more under ObamaCare
Fox News, by Jim Angle    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/18/2013 4:37:15 AM     Post Reply
Under ObamaCare, smoking, obesity and other health conditions sometimes penalized by wellness programs can force even those with employer-provided insurance to pay more, an officer of the National Union of Healthcare Workers said Tuesday. "I run five miles a day, I don´t drink, I don´t smoke. And by the Kaiser wellness program that a number of employees we represent are covered by, I´m two pounds from being overweight," said John Borsos. Kaiser said in a statement late Tuesday that its program is voluntary and does not penalize those who don´t meet the program´s goals, although that is not true for other programs. Borsos

  


  

Soros claims broken leg, wants
delay in court tiff with ex
New York Post, by Emily Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 4:37:11 AM     Post Reply
Due to a broken leg, George Soros has asked for a delay in giving a deposition in his long-running legal battle with his former Brazilian girlfriend. The billionaire investor’s lawyers were in court Tuesday to seek a postponement in the case brought by Adriana Ferreyr, the former actress who is suing Soros for $50 million, claiming he reneged on a promise to buy her a $1.9 million apartment on the Upper East Side. ­Ferreyr said in her 2011 filing that they dated for five years and she was dumped in 2010. She was 27 at the time and Soros was

Look Who Made the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame
ABC News, by Luchina Fisher    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/18/2013 4:33:35 AM     Post Reply
Nirvana, KISS and Peter Gabriel are among the music artists who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. Also on the list, which was released today, are pop singer Linda Ronstadt, blue-eyed soul duo Hall and Oates and British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens. The latter three might come as a surprise to some hard rock fans, but the Rock Hall, which has drawn controversy since it began inducting performers in 1986, includes not just the legends of rock, but soul and R&B artists, like Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight & the Pips, rap artists like Public Enemy

Haiti Faults Orphanage Run
By Well-Off US Church
Associated Press, by Ben Fox    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/18/2013 4:29:35 AM     Post Reply
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- At the Olde Good Things antique store on Manhattan´s Upper West Side, a French crystal chandelier can go for tens of thousands of dollars. A marble mantel sells for more than $20,000 and hand-carved dinner tables are priced even higher. The store´s Christian missionary owners offer their well-heeled customers a heart-warming story: Part of the proceeds pay for the group´s orphanage in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. What they don´t say is that even though they claim in IRS filings to be spending around $2.5 million annually, the home for boys and girls was

OFA Video Teaches Parents How
to Inject Obamacare into Christmas Dinner
Breitbart Big Government, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 4:21:06 AM     Post Reply
Just a week before young adults return home for the end of year holidays, Organizing for America is debuting a video imploring parents to interrupt their time with their children to promote the benefits of Obamacare in a last-ditch attempt to ease millennial dissatisfaction with President Obama. The video, debuting on BarackObama.com and promoted through various social media, arrives on the eve of a joint President and First Lady event designed to target mothers of uninsured millennials as they arrive home for their holidays. In the clip, a mother and father call their son, presumably about to drive home for

  


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First lady to go on radio
blitz for ObamaCare
The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 4:15:22 AM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama will sit for a trio of interviews with urban radio stations as part of a coordinated White House blitz intended to promote ObamaCare coverage among mothers and minorities. The first lady will be interviewed Wednesday evening by Yolanda Adams, Al Sharpton, and Joe Madison, three of the nation’s most popular African American talk radio hosts. “Her interviews are part of a broader effort by the White House and partnerships with outside groups, faith leaders, and health professionals to encourage African Americans to get covered,” a White House official said. The first lady’s radio appearances are intended to compliment an

Winning tickets in $636million
Mega Millions jackpot sold in
California and Georgia
Associated Press & Daily Mail UK, by Staff & Ryan Gorman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/18/2013 4:09:30 AM     Post Reply
Two tickets matched the six numbers needed to win Tuesday´s Mega Millions jackpot. One winning ticket was sold at Jennifer´s Gifts, in San Jose, California, the other in Atlanta, Georgia. They will split the second-largest US lottery jackpot on record. The winning numbers are 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and the mega ball is 7. California lottery officials announced the location of the winning ticket´s purchase shortly after the winning numbers were drawn. The San Jose location was first reported by NBC Bay Area. It was first believed that only one winning ticket was sold in the drawing, but ABC

For first time in 35 years,
N.J. legislative ethics
panel fines state lawmaker
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Christopher Baxter    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/18/2013 2:41:07 AM     Post Reply
Trenton — The state Legislature´s ethics panel today charged a South Jersey lawmaker $500 for violating the public´s trust by filing a complaint against a State Police trooper who pulled him over for speeding last year. The fine against Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-Cumberland), approved 8-0 during a hearing by the Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards, was the first to be handed down against a New Jersey legislator in 35 years. The panel took up the matter in September after a complaint by Edward Beck of Dennis Township, who based his allegations on a Star-Ledger story published in April

The Reboot
Politico, by Glenn Thrush    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/18/2013 12:39:12 AM     Post Reply
When President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, approached John Podesta a few weeks ago about taking over the high-aggravation job of White House counselor, the biggest concern wasn’t that he would say no. After all, he had already done so twice before. Obama’s team was more worried that Podesta would say no and that word of his rejection would leak, making the White House look feckless and desperate at the end of Obama’s brutal fifth year in office. So, the circle of people in the know was kept to a small handful; it was so closely held that

  


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Bidding soars for painting
by Trayvon Martin shooter
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/17/2013 11:32:59 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Bidding for a painting by George Zimmerman, whose 2012 killing of black youth Trayvon Martin sparked national outrage, neared $100,000 on Tuesday in an online auction that ends Sunday. The signed patriotic blue-hued portrayal of the Stars and Stripes flag is overlayed with the words "God, One Country, with Liberty and Justice for All" in typewriter font. "First hand painted artwork by me, George Zimmerman," he wrote on eBay, where the highest bid stood at $99,966 -- way above Monday´s starting price of 99 cents plus $40 for "expedited shipping." "Everyone has been asking what I have been

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.

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