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Joe Manchin Gives Marco Rubio Elephant-
Shaped Coal for Secret Santa
Breitbart Big Government, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/19/2013 10:32:39 AM     Post Reply
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin found a way to give Sen. Marco Rubio a lump of coal for Christmas and not have it be an insult. Rubio, who began the year giving cable news fodder for his demise by drinking water and ends it as a Tea Party member with an asterisk to his name, certainly spent the year causing enough waves to expect a lump of coal from someone out there. At least this time, his gift was not the usual Santa punishment for children who had a naughty year but a symbol of hard work and integrity from a

Cruz Blasts Budget Deal:
´Exemplifies What Is Wrong
with Washington´
Breitbart Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 10:30:54 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) fired away at the budget deal cut by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) that passed the U.S. Senate Wednesday. “This budget bill exemplifies what is wrong with Washington,” Cruz said in a statement. “Nothing is getting fixed. No important reforms are being addressed. The people get little in return except more debt, more taxes, and no change to the Obamacare disaster." "The Senate majority voted to allow Sen. Reid to ignore all Republican amendments," he continued. "Over and over, this is the roughshod style

The political columnist you must read
The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2013 10:28:59 AM     Post Reply
Ron Fournier is on fire. Liberated (my word) from the responsibilities of editing National Journal, the 20-year-veteran writer has become Washington´s most trenchant, most compulsively readable political critic. Liberal or conservative, libertarian or other, you´d be wise to start reading him. (To dispense with the compulsory narcissism: I used to work for Fournier at National Journal, and I consider him a mentor, so, yeah, I´ve got skin in the game. (Snip)Specifically, Obama promised too much, overestimates how weak he is institutionally, overestimates how strong Republicans are, and retreats to the comfort of a small group of advisers who exacerbate his



Handcuffed man proposed
while being arrested
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/19/2013 10:09:25 AM     Post Reply
An Oklahoma woman whose boyfriend proposed to her while he was being arrested on outstanding warrants said the man, who is now her fiance, is misunderstood. Justin Harrel, 32, told Elk City police he was preparing to propose to girlfriend Elaina Rios at Elk City´s "Christmas In The Park" Friday when he was arrested on unspecified warrants from Washita and Greer Counties, KXTV, Oklahoma City, reported Wednesday. Police helped Harrel complete the proposal and retrieved the ring from the handcuffed man´s pocket before carting him away to jail. "We´re best friends. He completes me. He´s my rock and I´m his

Obamacare ´pajamas boy´
gets roundly mocked
Washington Times (D.C), by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 10:07:01 AM     Post Reply
It’s not unusual for President Obama to tweet out messages in support of his signature health care law, but a photo attached to one online missive is not getting the type of hype the White House had hoped for. The blogosphere and TV pundits are mocking the picture of a young “hipster”-type man in plaid pajamas and black-frame glasses who, while sipping a warm beverage, looks off camera with a slight grin. “Wear pajamas. Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance,” the ad says. The photo got prominent play on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” eliciting laughter from its panel. “You are

Spinning White House Yarns
and Iranian Nukes
Aspen Times (CO), by Melanie Sturm    Original Article
Posted By: AVFD15- 12/19/2013 9:53:11 AM     Post Reply
Unable to ignore millions of cancellation letters and a rare presidential apology, fact-checkers at PolitiFact and the Washington Post designated “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” as their “Lie of the Year.” Reeling from Obamacare’s deceptive sales tactics, Americans dread its fallout but know that our system allows us to Think Again. We can repeal and replace bad laws. But we can’t reverse the fall-out from Iranian nukes, which explains President Kennedy’s warning that while “domestic policy can defeat us, foreign policy can kill us.” It also explains the backlash from allies and Congress against

Report: Kate Middleton´s
phone hacked, court told
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 9:44:43 AM     Post Reply
The British tabloid News of the World hacked Kate Middleton´s phone while she was dating Prince William, a prosecutor told a London court Thursday in a trial of the defunct newspaper´s executives, according to the British Press Association. In one voicemail message that William left Kate -- the transcript of which was read in court by the prosecutor -- the prince calls his future wife "Babykins" and says he was almost shot by blank rounds during a military training exercise, the PA reported. The date of the message wasn´t immediately clear, though the couple weren´t yet married at the time, the PA



Ted Cruz: Man Of The Year
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 9:34:44 AM     Post Reply
Ted Cruz stood on the floor of the Senate and answered his critics: “….do you expect me to remain here silent, or to shrink from the discharge of my duty?… I will speak in spite of all the intimidations, or threats, or discountenances that may be thrown upon me.” Actually, Ted Cruz did not say that. But the fact that it is so easily believable that he did say it says exactly why Ted Cruz, Time magazine’s selection of the Pope notwithstanding, is the real “Man of the Year.” In fact, while Cruz did make Time’s shortlist, he also popped up

Take This Town and Shove It
Politico, by Sam Youngman    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 9:31:36 AM     Post Reply
If you write about American politics for a living, stop right there. Get back to work, and don’t read another damn word. Sign out of Twitter, say “thanks but no thanks” to a dayside cable hit, get off your ass, go outside and listen to folks beyond the same 200 know-it-alls in Washington and New York who share your affinity for snark, views on Game of Thrones and predictions for next year’s Senate race in a state only a handful of you have ever set foot in. The 140-character slap-fight you’re in the middle of with another reporter who has never worked

Surprisingly Unanimous Journalist
Panel: Media Lean Left, Exist in
Socially Liberal Echo Chamber
Newsbusters, by Ken Shepherd    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 9:14:10 AM     Post Reply
"Top journalists from The New York Times, NBC News and CNN acknowledged Wednesday that, generally speaking, the national media has a liberal bias," Politico´s media reporter Dylan Byers noted in a December 18 post recapping a Politico Playbook breakfast discussion held earlier on Wednesday morning. More than one panelist opined that it´s not just that journalists tend to be liberal on policy questions but that they live and work in environments which are socially liberal. "I live in northwest Washington, none of my neighbors are evangelical Christians [and] I don´t know a lot of people in my kid´s preschool who are

Where the U.S. saw rosy democratic
futures, ex-Soviet lands now see gloom
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/19/2013 9:08:57 AM     Post Reply
Yet another hectic day planned for the Obama-Biden administration. [Snip] A new Gallup Poll is about fallout from the collapse of the creaky old Soviet Union, the long-time superpower rival. Pushed by the aggressive "We Win, You Lose" policies of President Reagan, the aging Communist monolith flew apart 22 years ago next week. The Soviet breakup was seen as a grand strategic victory for the U.S. and for the global spread of democracy to unleash prosperity for those populations. So, you might be surprised to learn this survey finds the populations of 11 liberated lands very disappointed.



House of Cards? Obama and Democracy
Commentary, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/19/2013 9:08:29 AM     Post Reply
Nobody should blame President Obama for enjoying the Netflix political thriller House of Cards. Indeed, the show’s millions of fans (including me) probably sympathized with the commander in chief when he pleaded for access to advance copies of the series’ second season that is due out next year when high-tech execs (including the head of Netflix) came to the White House to discuss important issues, like how to build a functional website. But I wasn’t quite so amused by the president’s much-quoted remarks in which he purported to envy the ability of the show’s villain Frank Underwood

Target: 40 million credit
cards compromised
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 9:05:20 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK -A breach of credit and debit card data at discount retailer Target may have affected as many as 40 million shoppers who went to the store in the three weeks after Thanksgiving, the retailer said Thursday. Late Wednesday, the Secret Service, which is charged with safeguard the nation´s financial infrastructure and payment systems, confirmed it was investigating the breach.

Delta Will Ban Calls On Planes
Even If Feds Approve Them
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mc squared- 12/19/2013 8:57:33 AM     Post Reply
Delta Air Lines won’t let passengers make voice calls from its planes, even if regulators allow them, it said Wednesday. The airline’s frequent fliers believe that calls in the cabin would disrupt the travel experience, CEO Richard Anderson told employees in a memo. A majority of its customers in a survey last year said the ability to make calls would make their experience worse, not better, Delta said.

Christianity on trial in
Duck Dynasty controversy
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/19/2013 8:56:27 AM     Post Reply
America may be on the verge of a long-needed discussion over the limits of discourse on homosexual acts. Phil Robertson, patriarch of the family that stars in Duck Dynasty, the most popular program in the history of cable television, was interviewed by GQ Magazine, and was asked what in his mind is sinful: "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there." (snip) Robertson spoke of homosexual behavior - i.e., acts. He took care not to characterize homosexuality per se as sinful. This is quite consistent with Christian doctrine of loving the sinner while hating the sin. That crucial point



The Decline and Fall
of Political Discourse
American Thinker, by Steve McCann    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/19/2013 8:53:38 AM     Post Reply
As the easily predicable disaster that is ObamaCare continues to evolve, two things are certain: one, Barack Obama and his minions will never admit failure and reverse course; and two, the vitriol emanating from the Left aimed at obliterating their political opposition will intensify during the upcoming year far beyond what has been experienced during the Obama term to date. (snip)This nation can no longer harbor an opposition party unwilling to fight for the heart and soul of a country rapidly descending into second class status. Those in the Republican Establishment and the American people should heed the words attributed to

Uninsured Skeptical of Health
Care Law in Poll
New York Times, by Abby Goodnough and Allison Kopicki    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/19/2013 8:50:40 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Americans who lack medical coverage disapprove of President Obama’s health care law at roughly the same rate as the insured, even though most say they struggle to pay for basic care, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.Fifty-three percent of the uninsured disapprove of the law, the poll found, compared with 51 percent of those who have health coverage. A third of the uninsured say the law will help them personally, but about the same number think it will hurt them, with cost a leading concern.

Scientific Groupthink and Gay Parenting
American Magazine, by Richard E. Redding    Original Article
Posted By: eagleblurst- 12/19/2013 8:38:56 AM     Post Reply
University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus’s study, “How Different Are the Adult Children of Parents Who Have Same-Sex Relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study,” published in the academic journal Social Science Research last year, caused a firestorm in the scientific community. Unlike most previous studies, Regnerus found that children of parents who had experienced a same-sex relationship fared worse than children of heterosexual parents on measures of social, emotional, and psychological adjustment as well as educational attainment, employment history, need for public assistance, substance abuse, and criminal justice system involvement. The reaction to the Regnerus study was

NYT Mag Offers Inexplicable 2006
John McCain Cover Profile in 2013
American Prospect, by Paul Waldman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/19/2013 8:23:07 AM     Post Reply
Did we need 6,600 words about the utterly irrelevant John McCain? Somebody thought we did. In the last couple of years, every time something John McCain says makes "news," my immediate reaction—sometimes on Twitter, sometimes just in my head—is, "Remind me again why anybody should give a crap what John McCain thinks about anything?" I´ve never been able to get a satisfactory answer to this question. And here comes star reporter Mark Leibovich, author of the well-received This Town, with a 6,634-word cover profile of McCain for next week´s New York Times Magazine. Do we need another one of these?

Elie Wiesel’s Warning
New York Sun, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 8:22:22 AM     Post Reply
Congratulations are in order for Elie Wisel for his advertisement calling on Congress to strengthen sanctions on Iran. The ad doesn’t go as far as the Sun would go, in that it wants President Obama and Congress to demand “as a condition of continued talks” the “total dismantling of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and the regime’s public and complete repudiation of all genocidal intent against Israel.” We oppose negotiations with the mullahs outright, preferring instead a strategic aim of regime change and democratization. But the statement by Mr. Wiesel, and the highly public way in which he is making it, are


How John McCain Turned His
Clichés Into Meaning
New York Times Magazine, by Mark Leibovich    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 8:03:54 AM     Post Reply
When I walk into John McCain’s office a week before Thanksgiving, he is not at all happy — and seems to be enjoying it quite a bit. He is sampling none of the usual flavors of upset we tend to associate with the Arizona senator: not the “McCain is bitter” or “get off my yard” varieties, not even the “deeply troubled” umbrage that politicians of all stripes love to assume. Here is a man, instead, who is gleefully seizing an opportunity for outrage. “I am very angry,” McCain says through a smiling grimace. He hands me a photocopied compilation of

The U.S. Asks:
What About the Maid?
Wall Street Journal, by Joanna Bugden    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/19/2013 7:56:59 AM     Post Reply
As India continues to bristle over allegations of mistreatment of one of its diplomats in the U.S., American authorities prosecuting the case are asking a different question: Why is no one bothered about the maid who brought the case and alleged she was underpaid and overworked? Devyani Khobragade is accused of submitting false documents to obtain a U.S. visa for her domestic help, Sangeeta Richard, before starting her job as a deputy consul general at the Indian Embassy in New York in November 2012. Ms. Khobragade was arrested last week after her help alleged she was paid below the minimum wage

The Death of Little Nell
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 7:54:04 AM     Post Reply
Has there been a more heart-rending story recently than this piece from the New York Times? Oh, the humanity: Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it. They are part of an unusual, informal health insurance system that has developed in New York, in which independent practitioners were able

Journalist Panel, Including CNN’s
Tapper, Agrees Media Has ‘Liberal Bias’
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 7:48:54 AM     Post Reply
Today’s POLITICO Breakfast panel featured four journalists (CNN anchor Jake Tapper, NY Times Magazine‘s Mark Leibovich, NY Times reporter Peter Baker, and NBC political reporter Kelly O’Donnell), all of whom agreed that the mainstream media and the DC reporting class harbors a liberal bias. Leibovich said there are “clues” you witness at the media’s “leftward lean,” while Tapper was more careful in explaining what he believes to be the real issue of bias in the press. After acknowledging that Brent Bozell, president of the watchdog group Media Research Center, would tout this consensus from the rooftops, Tapper argued it’s not

A Conversation with Mike Lee
American Thinker, by Elise Cooper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2013 7:44:19 AM     Post Reply
Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) is the new maverick of the Republican Party. He is a straight talker who was elected in the 2010 wave of the Republican comeback. Senator Lee has distinguished himself in speaking out on issues such as ObamaCare, using his experience as a Constitutional lawyer to explain this disastrous law. American Thinker had the pleasure of interviewing this up and coming Republican. American Thinker: Recently Congressman Peter King (R-NY) has formed an anti-Tea Party PAC targeting Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. Is this an example of Republicans shooting themselves in the foot? Senator Mike Lee: No political

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