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Leading pro-Western pol killed
in powerful Beirut blast
CBS News/Wire Services, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 12:10:50 PM     Post Reply
BEIRUT- A strong car bomb tore through a business district in the center of the Lebanese capital Friday, setting cars ablaze and killing a prominent pro-Western politician and four other people. The bomb targeted Mohamad Chatah, a former finance minister and a senior aide to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in his car as he drove through central Beirut, Lebanon´s National News Agency said, confirming what security sources had told numerous foreign news agencies. Chatah was also a former ambassador to the U.S. The National News Agency said Chatah´s driver was also killed, along with three other people. The Health

Menendez prepares to help FTC
investigate Target breach
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ramsey Cox    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 12:05:54 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) asked the Federal Trade Commission for an update on an investigation into last week’s security breach at Target Corp. Menendez said Thursday that he sent FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez a letter asking her if the agency needs more congressional authority to hold retailers accountable for failures to protect consumers’ information. “Our country’s consumers depend upon safe and secure transactions, and especially at this crucial time of year, our country’s retailers must commit to fulfilling that expectation,” Menendez wrote. “Unfortunately, these data breaches are becoming increasingly common.” Target admitted to a data breach earlier this month that affected nearly

3 shot dead over eight
hours on West Side
Chicago Tribune, by Adam Sege & Deanese Williams-Harris    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/27/2013 11:59:21 AM     Post Reply
Three people were killed in shootings over eight hours on Chicago´s West Side, according to police. In the most recent shooting, a 36-year-old man was shot to death around 3:50 a.m. in the 5900 block of West Midway Park in the South Austin neighborhood. The shooting apparently happened in the first floor of a building and may have been related to a domestic dispute, police said. The man was dead on the scene. He was identified by family as Jermale Richardson. The family had just buried their mother in September and are now reeling from another lose said his brother,

  


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France may ban black comedian
for anti-Semitic jibes
Reuters, by Tom Heneghan    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/27/2013 11:56:13 AM     Post Reply
PARIS - France is considering banning performances by a black comedian whose shows have repeatedly insulted the memory of Holocaust victims and could threaten public order, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said on Friday. He said his ministry is studying legal ways to ban shows by Dieudonne M´bala M´bala, a comedian repeatedly fined for hate speech who ran in the 2009 European Parliament elections at the head of an "Anti-Zionist List" including far-right activists. Valls announced the move after Jewish groups complained to President Francois Hollande about Dieudonne´s trademark straight-arm gesture, which they call a "Nazi salute in reverse" and link

Happy New Year to All You
Decadent, Dictatorial Americans
Breitbart, by Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 12/27/2013 11:35:56 AM     Post Reply
Happy New Year to all you decadent and dictatorial Americans. Yes, I mean you, the people of the United States, where an elite of non-democratic dictators trickles its immorality—and incompetence—down upon the masses. What do I mean? Aren’t you Americans supposed to be free? Sure, you are free: You are free to obey the ukase—that’s an old czarist word for a decree that must be obeyed, or else—of a judge acting on an ideological agenda. So the judge is free to do as he pleases, and then you are free to do what you’re told to do. Americans, how do

Report: Chamber to hit
Tea Party with $50M
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Cameron Joseph    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 11:30:44 AM     Post Reply
The Chamber of Commerce is planning to spend at least $50 million on a campaign to boost establishment Republicans in primaries against Tea Party challengers, according to The Wall Street Journal. The group´s broader aim is to help the GOP win Senate control and block Tea Party Republican candidates who might lose otherwise winnable seats to Democrats. "Our No. 1 focus is to make sure, when it comes to the Senate, that we have no loser candidates," Chamber political strategist Scott Reed tells the Journal. "That will be our mantra: No fools on our ticket." The organization has been gearing up for a

The Death of the Bedside Manner
Wall Street Journal, by Marc Siegel    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/27/2013 11:11:51 AM     Post Reply
´It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born," James Joyce wrote famously in his masterpiece "Ulysses." I recently had such an experience when my office manager—who protects me from the daily insurance grind of referrals and approvals and pre-certifications and blood drawing—was out sick. Thus the veil was lifted from my eyes, and I awoke to the harsh realities of our medical future. One patient was severely depressed and needed medication and a referral to a psychiatrist. Another was having trouble breathing from asthma that requires inhalers. A third had a faded rash on

  


  

Teenager charged with murder
after decapitated body found
in Chicago apartment
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 11:11:07 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO – Police say they´ve charged a teenager with murder in the death of a 41-year-old man whose decapitated body was found in a Chicago apartment on Christmas Day. Police said in a statement Thursday that 18-year-old Alexis Valdez is charged with one count of first-degree murder. The Cook County medical examiner´s office identified the victim as Sylvester Diaz-Hernandez. The office says Diaz-Hernandez lived at the apartment on the Northwest Side where his body was found early Wednesday. Authorities didn´t provide other details, including whether the decapitation occurred before or after the victim died. The medical examiner´s office did say that Diaz-Hernandez died

Governor Trump?
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/27/2013 11:08:52 AM     Post Reply
Is Donald Trump the conservative version of Nelson Rockefeller? The Rich Guy with unimaginable name-ID, talent and endless energy who would love to be President of the United States and possessing what some will say is all but one credential? That missing credential being major elective office? Coincidentally, Mr. Trump, who recently met with New York Conservative Party leaders making the case for a Trump gubernatorial candidacy, is, like the late four-term New York, Governor Rockefeller, a life-long New Yorker. The real deal. In Trump’s case hailing from the precincts of Brooklyn and Queens.

CNN Chief Jeff Zucker: News
Network ´Had a Really Good Year´
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 11:03:27 AM     Post Reply
Jeff Zucker, CNN Worldwide chief, wrote a memo to his employees insisting that “We have had a really good year.” It may be a CYA maneuver, but his rose-colored description of CNN’s status is nothing close to reality. Here’s Zucker in his ivory-tower obliviousness: In 2013, CNN was recognized with three news Emmys, and two first-time Emmys for Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, as well as a Peabody Award for our coverage in Syria … And heading into 2014, CNN Films is on the short list for an Academy Award in the Documentary category for Blackfish. In our first year of even having a

Democrats Say Pass Extension of
Unemployment Benefits First; Pay Later
Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 12/27/2013 10:54:07 AM     Post Reply
Interrupting their vacation on Thursday, two Democrats -- Sen. Jack Reed of R.I. and Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan -- demanded that Republicans go along with a three-month extension of long-term unemployment benefits without immediately paying for them. The cost of a three-month extension is around $6.5 billion. Losing jobless benefits is like being hit by an "economic hurricane," said Rep. Levin, who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee. "And so that's the reason why, in the past -- much more often than not -- there has not been a pay-for.

  


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Some questions for a post-Obama era
Legal Insurrection, by neo-neocon    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/27/2013 10:54:02 AM     Post Reply
Here are some questions from Victor Davis Hanson on how the precedents Obama has set could result in a changed America even after he leaves office: The nation has grown used to the idea that what the president says is probably either untrue or irrelevant — and yet it does not really any more care which. The people also assume that it doesn’t matter if our pundits talk of the person in the White House as a “messiah” who prompts tingling legs, or if they take notice of perfect pant-leg creases, or, of course, if they declare that he is

How the Democrats react
when they´re in trouble
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/27/2013 10:53:27 AM     Post Reply
Earlier today, I noted a CNN poll that has the GOP out front on the generic Congressional preference question by five points, 49%/44%. When Republicans are on the short end of such polls–as, for example, after the recent partial government slowdown–there is no shortage of advice from the media. Move to the center! Get rid of those “radicals!” Become Democrats! Note, however, the deafening silence when the Democrats are trailing in the same polls. That doesn’t mean, of course, that the Dems aren’t paying attention. Within a few hours after the CNN poll came out, the Democrats’ “Rapid Response” team

TLC’s New Show Might Make
You Reconsider Having Sex
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 10:47:49 AM     Post Reply
Just in time to ruin any of that post-holiday frisky cheer, TLC will debut its new show on Saturday, entitled “Sex Sent Me to the ER.” The documentary show will feature real-life stories of people who’ve been sent to the hospital as a result of injuries sustained during or immediately following sexual intercourse. That’s right, the network that brought you Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Cake Boss is now going after the SpikeTV crowd with goofy PG-13 re-enactments of awkward sex scenes that resulted in bodily harm. Of the featured stories being teased so far, one includes that of 440-lb. virgin who

H1N1 Flu Virus Surfaces In Chicago
CBS News [Chicago], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/27/2013 10:36:17 AM     Post Reply
Nearly two dozen cases of the potentially deadly H1N1 flu virus have been confirmed in the Chicago area, CBS 2 has learned. Finding the flu virus among patients at Loyola University Medical Center is keeping special machines working overtime right now. They’ve detected a sudden burst of the 2009 swine flu spreading right here in the Chicago area. Microbiologist Paul Schreckenberger says last week alone, 21 patients tested positive for Influenza A. All but one of those cases were the 2009 H1N1 swine flu.

  


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New York Times Editorial Rails
Against Rand Paul - for Daring to
Suggest Jobs are Better than Welfare
Independent Journal Review, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/27/2013 10:33:05 AM     Post Reply
Whatever one might think about the dropping unemployment rate, it’s not coming because of job creation. While the Democratic-led government’s avarice for spending has grown, there are actually fewer people working than seven years ago – 1,148,000 fewer than in Nov. 2006, to be precise. So when Rand Paul suggests that something is amiss in Welfaretopia, leave it to Charles Blow to publish a scathing rebuff in the New York Times. The editorial “The Appalling Stance of Rand Paul” is well-written, and has a veneer of persuasion draped in the blunt “how dare you, sir?” moralism the left long ago

President Obama´s
Hawaii Vacation: Day 6
Associated Press, by Marco Garcia & Josh Lederman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 10:31:51 AM     Post Reply
How President Barack Obama spent the sixth day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii on Thursday: — GYM: The president woke up early for a morning workout at a gym at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. After about an hour, Obama returned to his vacation home. As his motorcade passed by, people on the side of the road waved and one jogger danced in joy. Construction workers wearing white helmets and lime green shirts stopped their work to watch the line of about 11 vehicles, not including Honolulu police escorts. — BILL SIGNINGS: Obama signed several bills in private, without reporters present, including a

Why Gold Would Be Useless
in an Economic Apocalypse
Atlantic, by Jordan Weissman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/27/2013 10:24:53 AM     Post Reply
Since November, financial advisor David Marotta has been publishing a series of blog posts on how to manage your money in the event of a financial apocalypse—as in a world of hyperinflation, governmental collapse, and anarachic mobs. You know, the standard stuff of a doomsday prepper´s fever dreams. While Marotta admits he has some fears about the direction of the country (the man´s not an Obamacare fan, to say the least) most of it seems to be fairly tongue-in-cheek material aimed at talking potential clients down from investing in some of the crazy, survivalist scams advertised on conservative talk radio.

Family wants brain-dead
California girl moved
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/27/2013 10:22:31 AM     Post Reply
OAKLAND — The family of a girl who was declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy wants to transfer her to a nursing home that is willing to keep caring for her even though doctors have said she is beyond recovery, a lawyer said Thursday. Before the nursing home can accept the 13-year-old as a patient, however, doctors at Children’s Hospital Oakland need to surgically insert breathing and feeding tubes into Jahi McMath that would allow the new facility to keep her body functioning, the lawyer, Christopher Dolan, told The Associated Press. David Durand, the hospital’s chief of pediatrics,

U.S. Diplomat Says Washington’s
Egypt Policy Sounds “Insane”
Buzzfeed, by Sheera Frenkel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/27/2013 10:20:51 AM     Post Reply
A U.S. diplomat has said that Egypt is moving “in a direction that would not seem democratic” and that the U.S. had “no policy” on how to deal with it, following Cairo’s decision to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. “Officially our policy is to encourage the Egyptian government to stick to a democratic roadmap,” said the diplomat, who is based in the region and requested anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the press. “And yes, I know how insane that sounds considering what happened this month.” The diplomat’s remarks came one day after Egypt’s military-backed government declared

  



Five Tea Party Challengers:
The Ted Cruz Wannabes
Daily Beast, by Patricia Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/27/2013 10:17:31 AM     Post Reply
Come 2014, these five ambitious Senate hopefuls might storm their way onto Capitol Hill and change the Republican Party, with Ted Cruz as their hero. If Ted Cruz seems like a one-of-a-kind, give it time. A slew of young, hard-charging, Tea Party-endorsed Senate wannabes is looking to knock off the Republican establishment again in 2014. Some have better chances than others, but all have the unmistakable Cruzian commitment to refusing to toe the Republican Party line and make headlines while doing it. If you haven’t heard of them yet, you will.

Neal Boortz: Social Conservatives Will
Keep Republicans from Taking Senate
Big Government, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Donttaxmebro- 12/27/2013 10:16:23 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday, semi-retired radio talker Neal Boortz predicted the republican party will not win control of the U.S. Senate in the 2014 midterm elections, despite all the pitfalls the democrats and president Barack Obama are facing, particularly with regards to ObamaCare. The reason, Boortz said, would be the GOP’s tendency to run on issues related to social conservatism. Boortz explained the importance to the republic for a GOP win next year while guest hosting Sean Hannity’s Thursday radio show: this whole thing about Phil Robertson and what have you – it speaks a lot to what we have

Senator calls for accountability
in Target breach
Associated Press, by Katie Zezima    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/27/2013 10:04:29 AM     Post Reply
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Sen. Robert Menendez wants the federal government to hold companies accountable when their customers´ financial information is stolen. The New Jersey Democrat is taking on the topic after last week´s revelation that information about 40 million Target customer accounts had been stolen. At a news conference Thursday outside a Target store in Jersey City, Menendez said he wants to make sure retailers are "putting their customers ahead of profits." He announced that he had requested details from the Federal Trade Commission on whether it can fine firms for security breaches and whether laws should be changed to protect

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