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Boehner´s Christmas Wish:
To Roll the Tea Party
Bloomberg´s Business Week, by Joshua Green    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/23/2013 6:55:11 PM     Post Reply
Like children straining to behave in anticipation of Santa’s arrival, Congress capped off a year of acrimony by agreeing this week, with uncharacteristic civility, to a modest $85 billion budget deal that eases the automatic sequester cuts and avoids another government shutdown. This news has generally been greeted as a sign that the parties may finally be ready to lay down their arms and move beyond the hostility and dysfunction that has characterized national politics for the last five years. Call me Scrooge, but I’m not not buying it. There’s something else going on that will play a big role

Nearly half immigration
judges eligible to retire
Associated Press, by Laura Wides-Munoza    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2013 6:40:06 PM     Post Reply
MIAMI - The nation´s already backlogged immigration courts might soon be thrown into more havoc as roughly half of their 220 judges will be eligible for retirement next year. The Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the nation´s 59 immigration courts, says the court already has 32 vacancies, contributing to the current backlog of nearly 350,000 cases. Judges are overwhelmed, and immigrants with legitimate asylum claims can spend years in legal limbo. Meanwhile, immigrants without legitimate legal claims remain in the country, while Americans foot the bill for them to be locked up longer.

Even the president can´t use the Obamacare
website! Obama ´symbolically´ enrolls but
has to send aides to file papers in PERSON
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2013 6:27:26 PM     Post Reply
Unlike millions of ordinary Americans, the President of the United States didn´t have to test his patience with an error-prone website or spend hours on the phone with a volunteer ´navigator´ in order to sign up for new health insurance. A White House official confirmed Monday that Barack Obama simply dispatched his aides to the Washington, D.C. insurance exchange´s office, where they filed his papers in person--while Obama himself luxuriated in his annual Hawaiian vacation with his family. ´His situation is unique,´ the official insisted. ´The president couldn´t have used the DC exchange´s website because the databases these



Obamacare ´Deductible´ Shock
–Just 14% Understand Insurance Lingo
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/23/2013 6:24:31 PM     Post Reply
As the Obama administration scrambles to corral individuals into Obamacare before today’s deadline, experts worry that first-time health insurance buyers may be in for a rude awakening once they understand the conditions and terminology contained in their policies. A recent academic study published in the Journal of Health Economics found that just 14% of individuals who have health coverage could correctly answer all four of four basic questions about health insurance, including understanding what a “deductible” and “copay” are. If comprehension figures are that low for the insured, analysts worry what that portends for the

Millions of patients may
be on statins needlessly
Telegraph [UK], by Laura Donnelly & Agencies    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2013 6:15:00 PM     Post Reply
One in three of those put on statins because they are assessed to be at high risk of strokes and heart attacks may not need the drugs, research suggests. A study published in the European Heart Journal suggests millions of patients put on the medications may be being “over treated”--exposing them to potential side effects--while other patients who are more likely to suffer a heart attack are not being targeted. Most patients are put on statins because they have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other conditions such as diabetes. But the study of almost 7,000 adults found that the

British White Widow ´seen fleeing on a
camel to Al Qaeda training camp hidden
in a snake-infested Somalian forest´
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Suzannah Hills    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/23/2013 5:52:47 PM     Post Reply
The British White Widow is believed to be masterminding new terror atrocities from a training camp linked to Al Qaeda after she was seen fleeing on a camel into a snake-infested forest in Somalia. Samantha Lewthwaite, 29, is suspected of helping to co-ordinate the attack on a Nairobi shopping mall in September which resulted in the deaths of 67 people. It is believed the terror suspect was transported in a 4x4 over the Kenyan border into Somalia where she has since been spotted four times. The latest sighting was two weeks ago, when spies saw the mother-of-four riding a camel between training camps

Sarah Palin Chats With NewsBusters
About Her New Book, Martin Bashir,
Santa Claus and Charlie Brown
NewsBusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/23/2013 5:43:58 PM     Post Reply
The topics for discussion were her new book "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas,” Martin Bashir, Santa Claus, and Charlie Brown. NEWSBUSTERS: Tell us what you were trying to achieve with your new book “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.” SARAH PALIN: Honestly, it’s easy to lose track of the true meaning of Christmas. Beyond the “Jesus is the reason” type slogans, there are deep truths that should permeate our lives the entire year – good tidings of great joy we all need to hear, especially in times like this. NEWSBUSTERS: Early in the book



Obamas Go Out on the Town in Hawaii
New York Times, by Ashley Parker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 5:29:47 PM     Post Reply
HONOLULU — When President Obama left Washington on Friday, he said he was eager to soak up the sun and relax during his 17-day vacation in Hawaii. But on Sunday, the president — accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Sasha and Malia — hit the town, venturing out twice from their private vacation retreat on the windward side of Oahu. First, the Obamas headed to the University of Hawaii, where the Oregon State Beavers were taking on the Akron Zips as part of Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic basketball tournament. Mrs. Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, is the head

A Race to the Insurance Company To
Secure Coverage After Obamacare Fails
New York Sun, by Ira Stoll    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 12/23/2013 5:26:05 PM     Post Reply
“Obviously, we screwed it up.”— President Barack Obama, December 20, 2013, discussing health care reform in response to a question at a year-end press conference. This column needs to be finished quickly so I can drive over to the headquarters of a local health insurance company with a premium check and copies of three proofs of state residency. I tried to use the ObamaCare exchange in my state, I really did. I probably spent about seven hours on the site in four or five sessions over the past few months. Theoretically, I’m the sort of person who might benefit from

Paul Ryan: Retirement pay
can´t take over defense budget
USA Today, by Paul Ryan    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 12/23/2013 5:24:38 PM     Post Reply
The Bipartisan Budget Act that Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and I drafted will soon become law. We think it´s a small step toward fiscal discipline in Washington. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will reduce the deficit over the next ten years by over $20 billion. And unlike current law, it will provide much-needed relief to our already strained defense budget. One part of the bill has become particularly controversial: the reduction in cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for working-age military retirees. The federal government has no greater obligation than to keep the American people safe and we must take

Federal judge rejects Notre
Dame´s request for preliminary
injunction on birth control mandate
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 4:59:42 PM     Post Reply
SOUTH BEND, Ind. –A federal judge said he doesn´t think the University of Notre Dame will succeed in its challenge to a federal health care law requirement that it provide students and employee health plans that cover birth control. U.S. District Judge Philip Simon on Friday rejected the Catholic school´s request for an injunction, prompting Notre Dame to file an appeal Monday to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. School spokesman Paul Browne said Monday that Notre Dame was disappointed by Simon´s ruling, but was determined to press forward with the lawsuit it filed earlier this month.



On Free Speech, Sarah Palin
and Mark Steyn are Right
National Review Online, by David French    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/23/2013 4:52:04 PM     Post Reply
Is someone really violating your right of “free speech” if they’re not using the power of the state to censor you? What if they’re “only” trying to get you fired, shamed out of public life, universally reviled, and left as a laughingstock — all without taking even a moment to address the conservative’s underlying argument? To some, that’s just a battle of free speech (conservative comment) versus free speech (lefty efforts to ruin your life), and anyone who thinks otherwise needs to be reminded of the law, thank you very much. The other side of the argument – the Mark Steyn,

Obama can’t point to a single
time the NSA call records program
prevented a terrorist attack
Washington Post, by Andrea Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/23/2013 3:50:25 PM     Post Reply
National Security Agency defenders, including President Obama, continue to cite the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001 when defending the program that scoops up domestic call records in bulk. But asked specifically, on Friday, if he could identify a time when that program stopped a similar attack, President Obama couldn´t. That´s because the program hasn´t prevented a second 9/11. At the end of the year news conference, Reuters´s Mark Felsenthal asked: As you review how to rein in the National Security Agency, a federal judge says that, for example, the government has failed to cite a single instance in which

President enrolls in ObamaCare
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 3:45:26 PM     Post Reply
President Obama enrolled in a "bronze" ObamaCare plan over the weekend in a move the White House described as a "symbolic" gesture designed to promote enrollment. According to a White House official, the president enrolled in the District of Columbia marketplace and selected from among the lowest-cost options available. The White House said the president´s plan costs less than $400 per month. "The act of the president signing up for insurance coverage through the DC exchange is symbolic, since the president´s healthcare will continue to be provided by the military," the official said. "But, he was pleased to participate in a plan

Who Made Krugman the
Expert? Cronies Did.
Townhall, by John Ransom    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 3:40:24 PM     Post Reply
From the mid-1980s until 2003 Mikhail Khodorkovsky used his connections first developed as a rising young communist in the Soviet Komsomol youth movement to amass a private fortune created through banking and oil in Russia. He used his experience and connections in import-export at the top of the communist hierarchy to create one of Russia’s first private banks in the post Soviet era. He then parlayed the bank’s assets into the purchase of the state owned oil producer Yukos for $300 million. Some have said that the low price for the oil producer was arranged by Vladimir Putin, who was



Massachusetts’ Obamacare website
crashes — hours before deadline
Boston Herald, by Chris Cassidy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 3:30:04 PM     Post Reply
With just hours to go before a key Obamacare enrollment deadline, the state’s health insurance web site appeared to be down for maintenance today and call centers were so overwhelmed that recordings told callers the lines were too busy to process calls — before disconnecting them. Bay Staters facing a Jan. 1 deadline for insurance must sign up by today, but a Herald reporter trying to use the site encountered a barrage of errors, and users posted similar problems on the Massachusetts Health Connector’s Facebook page. “The Massachusetts Health Connector is currently undergoing maintenance,” read one error message next to

Fights break out at shoe stores
across the country as fans battle
to get their hands on latest Air
Jordan 11 Gamma Blue sneakers
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2013 2:32:05 PM     Post Reply
Chaos followed the release of Nike´s Air Jordan 11 Gamma Blue sneaker on Saturday morning as fights broke out in stores across the country between customers keen to get their hands on a pair. Each year, the highly anticipated release of a new version of limited edition Air Jordans is released and each year, a spate of robberies, assaults, riots and even deaths occur. This year, videos and photographs from around the country depict frenzied crowds fighting in queues outside sports stores and inside shops. One video that has surfaced shows a fight inside a Weberstown Mall shoe store in

Ideas From a Manger
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/23/2013 2:31:18 PM     Post Reply
PAUSE for a moment, in the last leg of your holiday shopping, to glance at one of the manger scenes you pass along the way. Cast your eyes across the shepherds and animals, the infant and the kings. Then try to see the scene this way: not just as a pious set-piece, but as a complete world picture — intimate, miniature and comprehensive. Because that’s what the Christmas story really is — an entire worldview in a compact narrative, a depiction of how human beings relate to the universe and to one another. It’s about the vertical link between God

One Grump or Two?
Vanity Fair, by Jim Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: Write2Right- 12/23/2013 2:23:50 PM     Post Reply
If Downton Abbey has a message (aside from the fact that you really can own too much silver), it is that life goes on. Matthew Crawley may end up dead in a ditch, but he leaves behind a baby boy for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) to raise. Sybil, Mary’s youngest sister, may perish after childbirth, but she has the good manners to make sure her baby girl survives. The tale of how these two tykes grow up and connive for control of Downton Abbey should make for an excellent Season 11, but for the moment all we need to concern

Some Royals to Slum It In
Servants’ Quarters at
Sandringham This Christmas
Vanity Fair, by Josh Duboff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/23/2013 1:49:37 PM     Post Reply
Going home for the holidays can be a fraught experience for many reasons, not the least of which is returning to your childhood bedroom only to find that your mother has installed a stair-master where your dresser used to be, or your dad has commandeered your bathroom with an array of mysterious file folders. And returning home with a significant other presents its own complications, as Saturday Night Live pointed out this weekend in amusing fashion. While we’ve accepted this as an unavoidable aspect of the holiday experience (“MOM, why is there this giant plant on my bookshelf now?!?”), we


Obama is a loser at 2013´s end
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/23/2013 1:43:57 PM     Post Reply
A lot of people are saying that 2013 was President Obama´s worst year. Roll Call headlined, "Subdued Obama Hopes For Better 2014." The Hill reported, "Obama names health care rollout his biggest mistake of dismal year." Most people seem to think it was. But I think it was average, in the manner of the old Soviet joke: Ivan: So how was your day? Boris: Average. Ivan: What do you mean, average? Boris: Worse than yesterday, better than tomorrow. So, average. Unless something turns around, Obama´s 2013 is likely to be similarly "average": Worse than 2012, but better than 2014. It´s true that Obamacare has been

Hiding the Hacking
at HealthCare.gov
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/23/2013 1:25:05 PM     Post Reply
Christmas shoppers were stunned to learn last Thursday that computer hackers had made off with the names and other personal info of some 40 million Target customers. Some of the pilfered information is reportedly being sold on the black market, prompting JP Morgan Chase to limit purchases and cash withdrawals on debit cards owned by recent Target shoppers. But at least Target informed its customers of the security breach, as it is required by federal law to do. HealthCare.gov faces no such requirement; it need never notify customers that their personal information has been hacked or possibly compromised. The Department of

Frank Sinatra Has A Cold
Esquire.com (LComArchive)), by Gay Talese    Original Article
Posted By: LComStaff- 12/23/2013 1:19:36 PM     Post Reply
FRANK SINATRA, holding a glass of bourbon in one hand and a cigarette in the other, stood in a dark corner of the bar between two attractive but fading blondes who sat waiting for him to say something. But he said nothing; he had been silent during much of the evening, except now in this private club in Beverly Hills he seemed even more distant, staring out through the smoke and semidarkness into a large room beyond the bar where dozens of young couples sat huddled around small tables or twisted in the center of the floor to the clamorous

Susan Rice Calls Benghazi
´A False Controversy´
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/23/2013 1:08:43 PM     Post Reply
"I don´t have time to think about a false controversy," National Security Adviser Susan Rice told CBS´ "60 Minutes" in an interview that aired Sunday. Rice was talking about the September 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and her insistence five days later -- on all five Sunday talk shows -- that the attack was a spontaneous event arising from a little-known anti-Muslim video. "In the midst of all of the swirl about things like talking points, the administration´s been working very, very hard across the globe to review our security

Obamacare deadline secretly pushed
back to tomorrow night rather than
tonight as Americans scramble
to sign up for insurance... but
the website is still crashing
Daily Mail (UK)/Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 1:08:24 PM     Post Reply
Americans had been told that they would have to sign up for health insurance through the ever-breaking healthcare.gov site by the end of Monday night but now it has been revealed that the deadline has been covertly pushed back one more day to try to give more people a chance. Two anonymous officials announced that the 11.59pm deadline that had been set for tonight was pushed back to Tuesday- Christmas Eve- over the weekend, according to The Washington Post. The White House has insisted that it is doing all it can to make sure people who miss the deadline can still

From Costa Rica´s Great Balls
to Death Valley´s wandering rocks:
The 10 bizarre phenomenon that
still have scientists baffled
Daily Mail (UK)/Science Uncovered, by Hayley Birch    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2013 1:00:31 PM     Post Reply
Scientists have spent centuries uncovering the many mysteries of the natural world, yet some phenomenon still baffle even the sharpest of scientific minds. From strange lights in the sky following earthquakes to rocks that spontaneously glide across the ground, these naturally-occurring events from around the world seem to have no purpose or meaning. Science Uncovered´s Hayley Birch has compiled a list of the top 10 most strange, cryptic and incredible naturally-occurring events from around the world. Scroll down for video

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