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Democrats will pay political
price for Obamacare in 2014
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 5:32:46 PM     Post Reply
As Democrats survey a troubled 2014 political landscape, it´s easy to forget how optimistic they seemed less than a year ago. "I would expect that Nancy Pelosi is going to be speaker again pretty soon," President Obama told cheering House Democrats at a party retreat last February. In the rosy scenario that took hold in some Democratic circles, the party was positioned to recapture the House in 2014 and maintain control of the Senate, allowing Obama to defy the history of second-term presidential decline. Great successes and good years lay ahead. Had Democrats forgotten Obamacare, the law they passed in 2010 that was

Coming up next:
ObamaCare taxes and fees
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 5:21:41 PM     Post Reply
This reminder from the New York Post came on Christmas, when few paid attention, but it’s worth noting today. The disastrous rollout of ObamaCare is only the appetizer for Americans, the 2013 lead-in to higher costs and fees built into the so-called Affordable Care Act. What most people haven’t heard — yet — is the new fees that ObamaCare charges for access to those higher premiums: The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills. Most insurers aren’t advertising the ObamaCare taxes

Bocelli sings for Miami Beach congregation
WSVN (Miami FL), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 5:02:28 PM     Post Reply
(Video) MIAMI BEACH, Fla.- A South Florida congregation got an unexpected Christmas treat Wednesday when singer Andrea Bocelli performed for them during mass. Parishioners at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Miami Beach were stunned to see the internationally renowned tenor arriving at the house of worship at 3 p.m. "We had tickets to go to his concert on St. Valentine´s Day, so this is like a special treat," said churchgoer Margarita Courtney. "For Christmas, I want absolutely to have a mass, and for this occasion, if they ask me to sing, I sing. I´m happy about it," said Bocelli. This

  


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Obama signs 2-year budget deal
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/26/2013 4:55:38 PM     Post Reply
President Obama on Thursday signed the two-year budget bill approved by Congress before the holiday break, formally ending the threat of a partial government shutdown next month. There was little doubt that the president would ink the budget deal. Obama, pausing from his vacation in Hawaii, also signed a defense spending bill Thursday. The budget bill would undo some of the sequester spending cuts. Unclear is how lawmakers will address another looming deadline, early next year, to raise the debt ceiling. The deal signed by Obama reduces across-the-board cuts already scheduled to take effect, restoring about $63 billion over two years.

Obama should lead the U.S.
to energy independence
Washington Examiner, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:55:20 PM     Post Reply
For decades after the Middle East oil embargoes of the 1970s, Americans yearned to be independent of foreign energy sources. With nuclear power off the table after the accident at Three Mile Island and drilling off-shore and in Alaska limited by environmental opposition, energy independence seemed more a pipe dream than a realistic goal. But the memory of being at the mercy of unfriendly governments stoked American ingenuity, and what was once thought impossible is now within reach. Thanks to expanded domestic oil and natural exploration, the United States became a net energy exporter in 2011, according to the Energy

The state should be exposing the
cyber-snoops, not joining them
Telegraph [UK], by Fraser Nelson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/26/2013 4:48:35 PM     Post Reply
For a fugitive, Edward Snowden is attracting rather a lot of well-placed sympathisers. [Snip] The surveillance programmes run by governments now go far beyond anything George Orwell imagined, he added--which is a problem, because privacy matters. Quite right, says Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web: this is why we need whistleblowers such as Snowden. What’s more, Richard Leon, a US federal judge, also thinks Snowden is right--America’s spying is almost Orwellian, and probably illegal. Snowden’s decision to expose his country’s secrets, then seek asylum from the notoriously repressive Kremlin, makes him a rather flawed champion of liberty.

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Tweets
‘Freedom of Speech’ Defense
of Duck Dynasty
Cybercast News Service, by Michael W. Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/26/2013 4:46:16 PM     Post Reply
Joe Perry, lead guitarist for the rock band Aerosmith, which is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and who with front-man Steven Tyler is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, tweeted a defense of the Duck Dynasty controversy concerning anti-gay behavior saying, “More crackin’ down on Freedom of Speech in the US or what?” In a follow-up tweet, Perry said, “Seems to me people have a right to express their opinions & religious beliefs. But that doesn’t mean we have to agree.” Duck Dynasty, with about 12 million viewers per episode, is a reality-TV show on the A&E

  


  

2016 CNN Poll: Clinton deadlocked
with Christie but leads other GOP
presidential possibilities
CNN, by Paul Steinhauser    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:43:31 PM     Post Reply
Washington - In a potential preview of the next presidential election, a new national poll suggests Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie would be neck and neck if the 2016 contest were held today. But a CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday also indicates Clinton leading eight other possible Republican White House hopefuls in hypothetical general election matchups. According to the poll, 48% of registered voters say they would support support Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, if he were the GOP nominee, with 46% saying they would back Clinton, the former secretary of state, U.S. senator, and first lady, if

Obama Job Approval Falls
Below 40, Worse Than Bush
At Same Point in Presidency
Townhall, by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:36:22 PM     Post Reply
Fewer than 40 percent of the American people now approve of the job President Obama is doing as president, according to the latest Gallup daily tracking poll. Meanwhile, the percentage of American´s who disapprove of Obama´s job as president has risen to 54 percent. Obama´s new 39 percent approval rating may be the lowest of his second-term, but it is not the lowest of his presidency. During the 2011 debt limit fight, Obama´s approval rating slipped to 38 percent and his disapproval rose to 55 percent. Since then, hundreds of millions of dollars in television and social advertising helped raise Obama´s approval

Sen. Richard Blumenthal: UPS
owes customers refunds for
late Christmas packages
Washington Examiner, by Sean Lengell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:32:16 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on United Parcel Service to refund customers who sent packages and gifts that failed to reach their destinations before Christmas. A rash of bad weather and a rush of last-minute online orders caught postal and package delivery services off guard, meaning that thousands of packages that were supposed to be delivered before Christmas didn´t arrive on time. "I am disappointed to learn that so many consumers in Connecticut and across the country made purchases this holiday season expecting their gifts to arrive in time for Christmas, but instead were left empty-handed," the Connecticut Democrat said. "The men and

Intruder Killed by Woman He
Planned to Abduct, Rape,
and Record
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Awr Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/26/2013 4:28:01 PM     Post Reply
More than seven months after a young mother fought off and killed a home intruder in Washington state, the King County Sheriff´s Office released documents indicating the dead attacker "may have intended to commit an abduction and sexual assault." Moreover, it appears he was planning to videotape the whole thing. According to The Seattle Times, when 48-year old Ken Boonstra broke into a 26-year old woman´s North Bend home on May 13, he "had a camera and a flexible tripod in one pocket." He also had "a roll of duck tape and a flashlight."

  


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Manchin: Obamacare ‘Absolutely’
Will Crash on Its Own If Costs
Become Too High
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:26:26 PM     Post Reply
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday that Obamacare “absolutely” is at risk of undergoing a “meltdown” and crashing to the ground. “I’ve only asked for one thing. I said listen, I’m not worried about the glitches, computer glitches. We’ll fix that sooner or later. I’m worried about having the product that the market will buy. And we’re not letting people shop. So with that being said, myself and Mark Kirk introduced a bill. The only bipartisan bill that says why don’t we wait basically before we put any crimes or fines until January 1, 2015,” Manchin said on CNN. “This

White House to celebrate
first lady´s 50th birthday
USA Today, by David Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:10:42 PM     Post Reply
A big milestone is coming up: The 50th birthday of first lady Michelle Obama. The White House is reportedly planning a birthday party that involves some eating and some dancing. Though Obama hits the 5-0 on Jan. 17, the event is being set for the next day. The Chicago Tribune reported: "The White House has been sending out save-the-date emails for a Jan. 18 gala dubbed ´Snacks & Sips & Dancing & Dessert,´ sources told the Tribune. "Guests are being told: Wear comfortable shoes, eat before you come and practice your dance moves. "Who´s invited and who´ll entertain remain under wraps."

Dem Rep Wants Public ‘Rage’ over
Unemployment Benefits Similar to
Prospect of Syria Intervention
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:06:51 PM     Post Reply
Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) scolded her colleagues in Congress for failing to extend unemployment benefits for long-term jobless before they expire at the end of the year. Moore said that she hoped to see “rage” from Americans over the lapse of unemployment benefits in the same way Americans revolted over the prospect of intervening in the Syrian civil war. Asked about the end of unemployment benefits for millions of Americans, Moore said that there was a perception issue among many that long-term unemployed are “lazy.” She said that even those with advanced degrees are suffering as

Greenwald Snarks at MSNBC:
I Defend Snowden Like You
Defend Obama ’24 Hours a Day’
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 4:01:23 PM     Post Reply
Journalist Glenn Greenwald appeared on MSNBC Thursday, one day after Edward Snowden delivered a Christmas address to television viewers in the UK and around the world from Russia. Things got heated when MSNBC anchor Kristen Welker cited critics who’ve accused Greenwald of “crossing a line” in his defense of Snowden. “What do you say to your critics who say you’ve become more of a spokesman for Edward Snowden?” she asked. “I think that’s ludicrous is what I say to that,” Greenwald shot back. “Every journalist has an agenda. We’re on MSNBC now, where close to 24 hours a day the agenda of President Obama

  


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Terminally ill girl who had
10,000 people sing Christmas
carols at her home Saturday has died
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/26/2013 4:00:10 PM     Post Reply
WEST READING, Pa. — A terminally ill girl who received support from thousands of Christmas carolers outside her home over the weekend died early on Christmas morning, her family said. Delaney Brown, 8, of West Reading "passed away quietly with her loving family by her side," family spokesman Christopher Winters said in a statement Wednesday. On Saturday night, thousands gathered outside her home in eastern Pennsylvania to fulfill her wish for a huge holiday singalong. The crowd cycled through holiday favorites such as "Frosty the Snowman," ´´Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" and "Jingle Bells" and ended with a

Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd Blast
Insurance Industry for Laying Their
Failures at Obama’s Feet
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 3:56:16 PM     Post Reply
During a year in review segment on Thursday, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd began by examining how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has altered the American political landscape. All agreed that the insurance industry has been unhelpful for the White House by citing the ACA and blaming the President Barack Obama for problematic aspects of the nation’s health care system that he was “trying to fix.” The discussion began with an acknowledgement of Obama’s diminished status at the end of 2013. Asked how Obama can reverse his waning influence and

Eight Ways to Opt
Out of Obamacare
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Dr. Susan Berry    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 3:44:20 PM     Post Reply
With the deadline to sign up for Obamacare having come and gone, many Americans have decided to “opt out” of President Obama’s signature health care reform law, choosing instead to pay the $95 penalty for sidestepping the individual mandate. “For many Americans opting out of Obamacare is the best decision they can make, but it´s important that they do it the right way—just refusing to buy health insurance and not having another way to pay for catastrophic medical expenses is a mistake,” Sean Parnell, author of the newly-released The Self-Pay Patient, told Breitbart News. “People who want to opt out

Hillary and Barack: Peas in
the same presidential pod
Washington Times, by Bob Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 3:36:45 PM     Post Reply
CHARLOTTE – If you like your president, you can keep your president. Period! That’s the mantra for 2016 as the all-too-early-but-never-ending speculation about Hillary Clinton’s run for the roses of the White House continues to be the eternal flame of politics. Electing Hillary Clinton president would be little more than re-electing Barack Obama…in a skirt. Maybe worse. (That is only a description, mind you, since Hillary doesn’t even have a skirt in her closet.) ‘Tis the season of love and forgiveness. The Obamas and Clintons are taking a little time away from the spotlight of controversy to regroup as

Pa. court reverses conviction of
priest in sex abuse case
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/26/2013 3:23:49 PM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that a Roman Catholic Church official was wrongly convicted for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints. The unanimous decision released Thursday by the state Superior Court also dismisses the criminal case against Monsignor William Lynn, a Philadelphia area priest. Lynn has been serving three to six years in prison after his child-endangerment conviction last year. Prosecutors had argued that Lynn reassigned predators to new parishes in Philadelphia when he was secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004. Lynn’s conviction stems from the case of one priest, Edward Avery, found to have abused

  



Argentina Launches A Rocket
While Its Infrastructure Collapses
Investor´s Business Daily, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/26/2013 3:18:55 PM     Post Reply
Geopolitics: It´s always questionable when a nation that can´t keep its lights on goes on a military spending spree. So now Argentina has just launched a new space rocket to "recover" its defense capacity. This won´t end well. Last Friday, Argentina´s air force launched a research rocket connected to its space program that its defense minister called "a milestone," according to a report in Mercopress. What´s really going on, though, was spilled by Argentina´s defense minister, Agustin Rossi, who called it a "step toward the recovery of scientific-technological capabilities for defense" and hailed it as "of the utmost importance." If it isn´t

Piranha attack in Argentina
reportedly leaves at least 70 injured
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/26/2013 3:11:37 PM     Post Reply
A piranha feeding frenzy in Argentina reportedly has left at least 70 people injured, including seven children who lost parts of their fingers and toes. The attack took place on Christmas morning off a beach in the Parana River, near the city of Rosario. Gustavo Centurion, a medical official, said the attack was “very aggressive,” according to Sky News. At least 70 people were injured, The Associated Press reports. Local newspaper La Capital reported that a 7-year-old girl had part of her finger amputated after suffering bites from the fish, which were described as a piranha cousin called palometas. Other swimmers suffered cuts to

Supreme Leader: If Jesus Were
Here He Would Fight America
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 3:10:15 PM     Post Reply
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei marked Christmas Day with social media messages tying Jesus into political rhetoric directed at the United States. “If Christ were among us today, he would not spare even a single moment to fight the leaders of despotism and global arrogance,” he said on Facebook, using the Islamic Republic’s favored term for America. “Nor would he tolerate hunger and wandering of millions of people, degenerated by the hegemonic and colonialist powers into war, corruption, and violence,” he added. On Twitter, Khamenei tweeted another message containing a veiled dig at the U.S.: “Jesus Christ was a minister of a

Obama: ´A Chance to Celebrate Birth of
Christ and Live Out What He Taught Us´
Cybercast News Service, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/26/2013 3:05:50 PM     Post Reply
In a videotaped weekly address, in which he was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama said that performing works of charity during the Christmas season gives Americans "a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what he taught us." "So many people all across the country are helping out at soup kitchens, buying gifts for children in need, or organizing food or clothing drives for their neighbors," said Obama in the address. "For families like ours, that service is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us--to

The Hugo Chavez Biopic: Meet
The Cast Of Oliver Stone´s (And
Maybe Our) Dreams
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/26/2013 3:01:36 PM     Post Reply
Oliver Stone took the occasion of a trip to Venezuela to announce that he is officially working on a biographical film on the life of Hugo Chavez. With Stone working on such a project to praise such a "magnanimous, warm, warm man," we decided to get a head start on casting his sure to be slobbering homage of a film for him. Breitbart News has compiled a list of ideal actors to play the lead roles in Chavez´s life story, as told by longtime friend and ally Oliver Stone. Some are shoo-ins, some are risky newcomers, and some demand a surrealist

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