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Obama wants John Boehner to take
lead on immigration reform, open
to piecemeal plan
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/20/2013 7:10:42 PM     Post Reply
President Obama wants House Speaker John Boehner to take the lead on immigration reform, even if that means a piecemeal approach, believing that a more comprehensive White House plan would die in the GOP-controlled Congress, according to sources informed of the strategy. “The president is giving Boehner wide latitude,” said a business leader who has attended several White House meetings where the president´s team has laid out their strategy. “They believe that the only chance of passage in the House is to let Boehner write the plan and for the White House to offer support from the sidelines.” The White House

Tea party has rescued
ailing and inert GOP
Nevada Appeal [Carson City, NV], by Chuck Muth    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 6:58:45 PM     Post Reply
The Republican Empire, led by Lord McConnell and Darth Boehner, isn’t taking primary challenges by tea party insurgents lying down, and an all-out intra-GOP war is breaking out. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been pressuring business interests to get off the sidelines and start backing Republican incumbents who are being challenged by conservative candidates in next year’s GOP primaries. Meanwhile, in the House, “Speaker John Boehner also has moved to undermine the power of the tea party.” McConnell is especially putting the strong arm

Conservatives must own
their place in the GOP
Santa Clarita Valley Signal, by Alice Khosravy    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 6:35:31 PM     Post Reply
As we look back on 2013, it will likely be remembered as the year the rubber began hitting the road with regards to Obamacare. The failure of the website was epic, but it is minutia compared to the flaws in the law. This year we learned “whatever you had, you probably can’t keep it.” There is a resounding fear in the air that the worst is yet to come. As the year drew to a close, the establishment in the GOP decided it was time to declare open warfare on the conservative wing of the party. The establishment disdain for the grassroots is



Mass. police find heroin stamped
with ´Obamacare´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 6:32:44 PM     Post Reply
HATFIELD, Mass. — Massachusetts state police say they´ve stopped a car carrying 1,250 packets of heroin stamped "Obamacare" and "Kurt Cobain" and arrested the four people inside it. Police say a trooper was making a traffic stop in Northampton when another car passed and he noticed several violations. He stopped the car a short time later in nearby Hatfield and found the driver wasn´t licensed to drive it. A state police dog found the bags of heroin. The four arrested people have been charged with heroin trafficking. State police Lt. Daniel Richard says it´s not unusual for heroin to be

Obama Claims He Met Regularly
with Website Team Before Obamacare Launch
Breitbart Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 6:28:19 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama told reporters Friday that he met as frequently as biweekly with employees responsible for the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, in the time leading up to its October 1st launch. "There´s no doubt that when it came to the health care rollout, I was meeting every other week or every three weeks with folks and emphasizing how important it was that consumers had a good experience, an easy experience in getting the information they need and knowing what the choices and options were for them to be able to get high-quality, affordable health care," Obama said during his final press

Marriage licenses being
issued to gay couples in Utah
Deseret News (UT), by Emiley Morgan    Original Article
Posted By: merrijane- 12/20/2013 6:23:01 PM     Post Reply
Salt Lake City - A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah´s Amendment 3 — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment. Within hours, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill confirmed that, in light of the ruling, he saw no reason to prohibit Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Utah Attorney General's Office said it would seek an "emergency stay pending the filing of an appeal." "The federal district court’s ruling that same-sex marriage

First case of malaria in 25 years
reported north Venezuela
El Universal [Caracas, Venezuela], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/20/2013 6:19:57 PM     Post Reply
The health secretary of the state of Miranda, Gustavo Villasmil, reported on Friday on the first case of malaria in 25 years in Barlovento. "It is a 31-year-old female patient residing in a community called Brión Avanza in the municipality of Brión." Villasmil claimed that the case has no direct relation with the outbreak in the rest of the country. "We are aware of the malaria cases in the states of Sucre, Bolívar, Anzoátegui, southern Monagas, Zulia, and Táchira. However, this patient has not come out of the state. So we may say that the disease was contracted in the community..."



House GOP Doesn’t Listen Any
Better than Walmart
Canada Free Press, by Michael R. Shanno    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 5:47:27 PM     Post Reply
Occasionally the wrong person takes a column to heart. Earlier this month I wrote that Walmart doesn’t help its PR efforts when the company acts in a manner that only serves to reinforce its reputation as the Simon Legree of retail. (Details here .) In this instance an Ohio store had a display in the employee break room asking for donations to help other Walmart employees that had fallen on hard times during the Thanksgiving & Christmas season. Asking employees who earn an average of $12.83/hour to contribute to other employees is a touching testimony to the innate decency of the Walmart workforce,

The Tea Party is the only thing
worth a damn about the GOP
Daily Caller, by Jack Hunter    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 5:29:33 PM     Post Reply
The Tea Party has had one major legislative achievement: the sequester. By 2011, the movement was able to exert enough pressure on Republicans to ensure spending cuts would be a part of the budget deal.{SNIP}For as long as Republicans have been promising to cut spending, those cuts have never come. In 2011, thanks to the Tea Party and the sequester, Republicans’ small government rhetoric finally got real. The entire episode of the Budget Control Act, from 2011 to this week, should make clear to everyone that the only way Congress is ever going to cut spending is to put a

Judge strikes down Utah´s
same-sex marriage ban
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/20/2013 5:28:53 PM     Post Reply
Salt Lake City — A federal judge has struck down Utah´s same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling Friday saying Utah´s law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples´ rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. Shelby says the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way, and the state´s unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify deny allowing same-sex marriages. Attorneys for the state argued that Utah´s law promotes the state´s

A Lockerbie Widow´s
Twenty-Five-Year Crusade
Newsweek, by Abigail Jones    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 5:24:25 PM     Post Reply
It was four days before Christmas, 1988, and the day started out like any other. Victoria Cummock, a 35-year-old interior designer in Coral Gables, Fla., dropped her three young children at preschool, picked up her mother from the airport, then headed to work. She had a thriving business and was in the midst of remodeling a house. The workmen were on site when she arrived, wielding sledgehammers and listening to the radio. “Suddenly, the announcer said a plane had gone off the radar and crashed into a town in Scotland called Lockerbie. I said, ‘Oh, Mom, that is right near the town



Obamacare Initiates Self-
Destruction Sequence
Bloomberg News, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 5:13:07 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown reported that the administration was saying fewer than 500,000 people had actually lost insurance due to Obamacare-induced cancellations. This struck me as a strange leak: Half a million is a lot less than many people (including me) have been estimating, but it is still not a small number, and the administration has tended to sit on negative information until the last possible moment. Yesterday, we had a more official announcement from the administration: Anyone who has had their policies cancelled will be exempt from the individual mandate next year. The administration is also allowing those

The GOP vs. the right
Boston Globe, by Scot Lehigh    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 5:10:01 PM     Post Reply
It was the shot heard ’round the conservative world. Last week, in defending the new, bipartisan budget agreement, House Speaker John Boehner took aim at the right-wing advocacy groups that vehemently opposed the deal. His language wasn’t just blunt. It was shockingly sharp for an exchange between supposed ideological allies. First, he called their opposition “ridiculous,” charging they were “using the American people for their own goals.” And then he upped the ante. “I think they are misleading their followers,” Boehner added a day later. “Frankly, I think they’ve lost all credibility.” This is as open a fissure among conservatives as we’ve seen in Tea

´Food fraud´ a growing
problem in grocery stores
KHOU (Houston), by King5    Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/20/2013 4:57:15 PM     Post Reply
If you are what you eat, you could be having an identity crisis. Foods we eat every day could include ingredients that aren´t supposed to be the there. It´s called "food fraud" and its a growing problem. Fish, honey, milk, orange juice, and olive oil - what do they all have in common? They top the list when it comes to food fraud. Cheap imitations are filling up grocery store shelves. "One of the ways that happens is by substituting one ingredient for another. It´s hard for consumers," said Dr. Mark Stoeckle, a Senior Research Associate in the Program for

Phil Robertson´s suspension
creates firestorm
Ouachita Citizen [West Monroe, LA], by Zack Parker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 4:53:04 PM     Post Reply
The Robertson family of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” say they “cannot imagine the show going forward” without Phil Robertson who the network suspended following a firestorm around the patriarch calling homosexuality a sin. In an interview for the January issue of GQ Magazine, Robertson made several comments on immorality, describing as sinful several sexual practices including homosexuality, bestiality and adultery. Robertson´s comments provoked a storm of responses from the national media and gay rights organizations denouncing West Monroe’s Duck Commander for “anti-gay remarks.” On Wednesday, A&E suspended Phil Robertson indefinitely from appearing on “Duck Dynasty.” Robertson’s suspension from “Duck Dynasty” drew



Congress Fakes Fiscal Responsibility
American Spectator, by Doug Bandow    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 4:40:32 PM     Post Reply
There never was any doubt that the Senate would follow the House in voting to hike spending and taxes.{SNIP}The most risible aspect of a risible bill is the claim that entitlement spending caps set to take effect a decade hence — after four congressional and two presidential elections — will save tens of billions of dollars. Yet as Congress approved this provision it was abandoning the discretionary spending caps approved just two years ago. Rep. Ryan and his Republican cohorts gave up $62 billion in real outlay increases for fake future cuts. It’s the standard Washington game that is constantly

We´re All Hardliners Now: New
legislation shows Congress and American
public are united in their distrust
of Obama´s Iran deal
The Weekly Standard, by Lee Smith    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 12/20/2013 4:40:21 PM     Post Reply
A recent AP/GfK poll shows that a majority of Americans, 55 percent, disapprove of how Barack Obama is handling the Iran issue. There’s good reason for skepticism about Iranian intentions—after all, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif threatens that if the interim deal agreed to on November 24 in Geneva falls apart then Iran can resume enriching uranium at 20 percent within 24 hours. The concerns of the American public have been heard and registered on Capitol Hill.

President defends Obamacare,
says 2013 wasn´t bad year
Washington Examiner (DC), by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 4:28:36 PM     Post Reply
President Obama on Friday dismissed criticisms that the botched rollout of Obamacare and other mishaps produced a lost year for the White House, brushing aside increasingly negative views of his presidency while insisting his administration could tackle big issues in his second term. In a sign of just how brutal 2013 has been for Obama politically, the president in his last news conference of the year was forced to assess whether the past 12 months was his worst stretch since taking office. "That´s not how I think about it," Obama insisted, choosing to focus on a recent surge in Obamacare

Violent Mother-Son Mugging
In Newark Caught On Video
CBS New York, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/20/2013 4:25:19 PM     Post Reply
Newark, N.J. — In a crime caught on camera, a mother and son were violently attacked walking down a snowy Newark street Saturday. As CBS 2´s Lou Young reported, surveillance footage shows the victims walking on a sidewalk in the city’s Ironbound section early in the evening just before Olga Patrone, 66, is punched and falls to the ground. The assailants root through her purse for cash and a cellphone. Her son, Pablo Patrone, 36, then struggles with the muggers, who beat him to keep him down and grab a bag of groceries before they flee. A photo taken at the

Escape from Obamacare:
How to get health insurance
while avoiding the exchanges
The Weekly Standard, by Jeffrey H. Anderson and Spencer Cowan    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 12/20/2013 4:20:52 PM     Post Reply
At least they have their health. When it comes to purchasing insurance through the Obamacare exchanges, young adults don’t have much else going for them. Under Obamacare, young adults can buy a government-approved plan—with its mandated coverage of pediatric dental care, sterilization, and maternity care—and pay vastly inflated premiums relative to pre-Obamacare rates. Or they can simply go without insurance and pay the fine for violating Obamacare’s individual mandate—its unprecedented requirement that American citizens buy a product of the federal government’s choosing.


John Boehner’s Betrayal
New York Times, by Jenny Beth Martin    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 4:14:27 PM     Post Reply
WOODSTOCK, Ga. — There´s a political axiom that says if nobody is upset with what you’re doing, you’re not doing your job. We’ve seen this proved time and again in the liberal attacks on conservatives like Sarah Palin and Dr. Benjamin Carson, who provide principled examples to women and minorities and are savaged by the left for doing that job so well. But cheap-shot politics isn’t relegated to Democrats. Last week the House speaker, John A. Boehner of Ohio, attacked conservative groups who criticized the budget deal, hashed out by Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, and Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington,

Dana Rohrabacher Is Dirty - Thread Closed
OC Weekly [Costa Mesa, CA], by R. Scott Moxley    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/20/2013 4:10:08 PM     Post Reply
When Congressman Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher moved into a four-bedroom, four-bathroom, million-dollar Costa Mesa rental home on April Fool´s Day 2010, the immaculate, 6,300-square-foot property could have been featured in a glossy real-estate magazine. Built in 1948, the two-story, Orange Avenue home had been updated in recent years for comfort and style. The carpeting was new, appliances worked and walls were spotless. Thriving flowers, plants and grass adorned the idyllic back yard less than 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. But it´s now understandable why Orange County´s senior, career politician secretly changed the locks and refused to allow homeowner Robert Polyniak inside

Aztec couple receives first same-sex
marriage license in San Juan County
Daily Times (NM), by Ryan Boetel    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 12/20/2013 3:41:34 PM     Post Reply
FARMINGTON — The San Juan County Clerk´s Office gave its first marriage license to a same-sex couple on Thursday afternoon. Three hours later, Aztec women Luciana Velasquez and Deann Toadlena were married under Christmas lights at Orchard Park in downtown Farmington. The New Mexico Supreme Court legalized gay marriage throughout the state on Thursday. It didn´t take long for the decision to reach San Juan County. "We´ve been waiting for seven years. It´s the best day of my life," said Toadlena, who plans to change her last name to Velasquez. "Everything I wanted was given to me today."

Four Tea Party Challengers to
Lindsey Graham Vie for
One-on-One in Runoff Election
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/20/2013 3:40:10 PM     Post Reply
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Joe Dugan, the executive producer of next month´s South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, said that the gathering of more than 600 Tea Party activists will play a critical role in efforts to defeat incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in June´s Republican primary. Dugan told Breitbart that he has invited Senator Graham and his four Tea Party challengers to address the convention. So far, all four challengers have accepted the invitation, but Senator Graham has not responded. The event, co-sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, will be held

Obama´s Last Press Conference
of the Year Got Feisty
National Journal, by Matt Berman, Brian Resnick*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2013 3:34:31 PM     Post Reply
The president began his year-end press conference with a corny joke and a statement on the economy and Obamacare. But with the first question, the mood quickly shifted: "Was this the worst year of your presidency?" "If I was interested in polling I wouldn´t have run for president," he responded, adding that he was polling at 70 percent approval when he was in the Senate. It would take more than a pointed question to get this president off his positive talking points. At this point, Obama said, "my goal every single day is just to make sure that I can

Early Media Warnings
About Deifying Obama
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2013 3:32:39 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday I wrote about an interview in which ABC’s Barbara Walters, in speaking about Barack Obama, said “we” thought he would be “the next messiah.” I drew attention to some other comments by journalists and historians that illustrated just how much deification of Obama was going on a few years ago. To their credit, some journalists called attention to this phenomenon at the time. Take CNN’s Jake Tapper, one of the best journalists in America. While at ABC News in 2008, Tapper posted a piece, “And Obama Wept,” in which he cited writers like Kathleen Geier, an Obama supporter who, in

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