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Hagel, Ryan defend retiree COLA caps,
except for disabled
Stars and Stripes, by Tom Philpott    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/30/2013 12:05:03 AM     Post Reply
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, appear to be in sync in defending the controversial cap that Congress has imposed on cost-of-living adjustments for “working age” military retirees starting in January 2016.{SNIP}Even as Murray moved to distance herself from the COLA cap provision in the deal she negotiated, Ryan defended it. He called current retirement benefits generous and said most retirees to be impacted by the COLA caps will be working in second careers anyway.

Egypt: Al-Jazeera journalists
arrested in Cairo
British Broadcasting Corporation, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 11:36:52 PM     Post Reply
Egyptian police have arrested three journalists working for the Al-Jazeera broadcaster in the capital Cairo. They include the TV network´s Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and former BBC correspondent Peter Greste. The Interior Ministry said the journalists had held illegal meetings with the banned Muslim Brotherhood. The movement was declared a terrorist organisation last week. Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi was ousted by the army in July. The military-backed interim government launched a crackdown on the movement following Mr Morsi´s removal from power. Thousands of Brotherhood members, including its leadership, have been arrested and many put on trial.

Obama’s DOJ civil rights nominee
represented cop killer
Mumia Abu-Jamal
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 11:13:28 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division led the group that represents convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Debo Adegbile, who awaits Senate confirmation to become assistant attorney general for civil rights in Eric Holder’s DOJ, would bring a radical record on racial issues to his new job, which is responsible for enforcing federal discrimination statues. Currently senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Adegbile worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), a civil rights law firm independent of the NAACP, from 2001 to May 2013. He served as director of litigation under

  


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2013 Year in Review: Tea Party
Beats Washington
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/29/2013 10:57:58 PM     Post Reply
The past year has by far been the best for the Tea Party movement in its short history. In 2013, the five-year old conservative grassroots upsurge has grabbed Washington, D.C. by the collar, tearing the city colloquially known as “Boomtown” in a conservative direction for the first time in decades. As the Tea Party movement matures, it is getting more professional in its political activism. The way the Tea Party won 2013 is by entrenching itself in Washington warfare and fighting for conservative victories by connecting powerful grassroots activists directly with lawmakers in decision-making positions. What has happened is the

Obamacare woes propel
GOP to preferred status in
polls for 2014 elections
Washington Times, by Jacqueline Klimas    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/29/2013 10:30:20 PM     Post Reply
With less than a year left until voters cast ballots, Republicans have staged a comeback and pulled slightly ahead in the midterm election races, according to a series of generic party preference polls in December. The 10 polls are divided on which party will come out on top in the November elections, but the averages show Republicans top Democrats by about 0.3 percentage points, according to Real Clear Politics. Many of the surveys show declines in Democratic support. Although the difference is small, history suggests big headaches for President Obama’s party. “For Democrats now, this is pretty bad. Usually when

Benghazi: The New York
Times vs. the Truth
PJ Media, by Roger Kimball    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 10:18:49 PM     Post Reply
They never give up at the New York Times. If at first they don’t succeed in twisting the truth to fit the Newspeak fit to print, it’s try, try again. Their latest exercise in mendacity is “A Deadly Mix in Benghazi,” an elaborate essay that substitutes a plethora of irrelevant details and animated graphics for historical truth. The long essay takes up an event which, in a rational world, would have led the to resignation of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the impeachment of President Barack Obama. I mean the terrorist attack on our consular facility at Benghazi,

Harold Simmons Dies at 82;
Backed Swift Boat Ads
New York Times, by Emma G. Fitzsimmons    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 10:11:51 PM     Post Reply
Harold Simmons, a billionaire who helped finance the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attack ads against Senator John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election and donated substantially to other conservative causes, died on Saturday in Dallas. He was 82. His death was confirmed by Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general, in a statement. Mr. Simmons, who started out in business with a single drugstore in Dallas, became a buyout investor and made his fortune by buying stakes in major companies. This year, Forbes magazine estimated his net worth at $10 billion.

  


  

Did the NY Times contradict
itself on their Benghazi piece?
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/29/2013 9:15:41 PM     Post Reply
Ed already covered some of the serious problems with this weekend’s New York Times “deep analysis” of Benghazi, showing how much of their focus was on the crumbs rather than the meat of the situation. Erika went one further, discussing how members of Congress in the know have already been informed that the entire sordid affair was no accident. But just for a bit more comprehensive coverage, long time friend of Hot Air Kerry Picket has a piece at Breitbart noting how it now seems that the Paper of Record actually contradicted itself in attempting to provide cover for Hillary

Times Ignores Evidence of
Al Qaeda Link to Benghazi
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/29/2013 9:12:53 PM     Post Reply
Let’s start by giving David Kirkpatrick credit. Kirkpatrick, the Cairo bureau chief of the New York Times and author of this weekend’s much-discussed piece on Benghazi, provides many new on-the-ground, minute-by-minute details of the attacks and the weeks and months leading up to them. Some of the reporting is incredible. Kirkpatrick describes the vase in the living room of the home belonging to the mother of Abu Khattala, a main suspect in those attacks. He reports on how the fighting in the consulate paused when Abu Khattala entered the compound, a revealing fact. Citing security camera video footage, the author

´Completely false´: Sources
on ground in Benghazi
challenge NYT report
Fox News, by Adam Housley    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/29/2013 8:19:46 PM     Post Reply
Fifteen months after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the narrative of the attack continues to be shaped, and reshaped, by politicians and the press. But a New York Times report published over the weekend has angered sources who were on the ground that night. Those sources, who continue to face threats of losing their jobs, sharply challenged the Times’ findings that there was no involvement from Al Qaeda or any other international terror group and that an anti-Islam film played a role in inciting the initial wave of attacks. “It was a

New York Times Wonders: Was
Chris Stevens Out of His
Depth in Benghazi?
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 7:54:48 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times´s extensive exposé on the September 11 Benghazi attacks turned up no ties to Al Qaeda. By highlighting obscure militiamen and ignoring the roles of White House officials, the piece continues an alarming trend of dismissiveness toward the Obama administration´s greatest foreign policy scandal. The Times´s David Kirkpatrick assembles a long-form argument in the paper this week that the White House could do little to stop the attack which he concludes was a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim YouTube video in part aided by the work of non-Al Qaeda related militiamen. Kirkpatrick writes that, while the unease

  


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ABC´s Robin Roberts Comes
Out As Gay
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 7:50:50 PM     Post Reply
ABC´s Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts came out as gay Sunday. She did so in a lengthy Facebook post commemorating the one year anniversary of her successfully surviving 100 days following her bone marrow transplant in 2012: I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health. I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life. I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together. According to The Wrap, "Roberts’ sexuality

Rose Parade to Feature Same-Sex Wedding Float
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: Hooverdog- 12/29/2013 7:31:59 PM     Post Reply
The Pasadena Star news reports that a San Diego woman has called for the Rose Parade to be boycotted because it will feature a gay wedding atop a float. The float, sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), is titled, “Love is the Best Protection.” The parade will be watched by an estimated 68 million people around the world. San Diegan Karen Grube, who said her protest is not out of her religious convictions, and says she is opposed to having any wedding featured in the parade, has requested that corporate sponsors drop their funding of the parade if the

NSA´s elite hacking unit intercepted computers
ordered online and installed Spyware to
steal data from their toughest of targets
Daily Mail [UK], by Daily Mail & Associated Press Staffs    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/29/2013 6:47:40 PM     Post Reply
NSA spies have intercepted computer deliveries, exploited hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijacked Microsoft´s internal reporting system all in the name of stealing data from some of their toughest targets. These latest revelations to emerge about the undercover work of the National Security Agency focus on the work carried out by an elite team of hackers known as Tailored Access Operations (TAO). Citing internal NSA documents, German magazine Der Spiegel said on Sunday that TAO´s mission is ‘Getting the ungettable,’ and quoted an unnamed intelligence official as saying that TAO had gathered ‘some of the most significant intelligence our country has

100 years after World War I,
why I believe we stand again
at the crossroads of history
Daily Mail [UK], by John Simpson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/29/2013 6:41:54 PM     Post Reply
Imagine, for a moment, that you’ve been transported back a century to late December 1913, and you’re reading about the things that might happen in 1914, rather than in 2014. Then, not a single British newspaper carried the faintest suggestion that the worst war in human history was just months away. I know, because not long ago I trawled through the archives, researching a book about the way the 20th Century was reported. There were acres of print about the crisis in Ireland, strikes and the Suffragettes and plenty about fashion, sport, and society. But nothing about the possibility of

  


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Ouch: Obamacare Enrollment Numbers
Fall Two Million Short of Goal
Townhall.com, by Sarah Jean Seman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/29/2013 5:28:27 PM     Post Reply
White House officials announced Sunday that Obamacare enrollment has reached more than 1.1 million, this falls more than 2 million sign-ups short of their 2013 goal.As reported by TIME: The federal health care marketplace saw only 27,000 people sign up in October and 137,000 in November. Though surpassing the million mark is a positive sign for President Barack Obama’s landmark health care reform, the administration had hoped that more 3.3 million Americans would sign up for insurance through federal and state exchanges by year’s end. White House officials have yet to release data on the 14 states managing their own exchanges. Figures

Harvard Prof: Tea Party Not Going
Anywhere, More Likely to Win
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/29/2013 5:06:40 PM     Post Reply
A government and sociology professor at Harvard writes that the Tea Party is more likely than not to "win in the end" in an age when Americans are becoming more removed from Washington and distrusting the federal government and their elected officials. "Tea Party forces will still win in the end," Theda Skocpol writes, unless moderate Republicans can defeat them. Skocpol concedes that the Tea Party "will triumph just by hanging on long enough" as Americans are getting fed up by "our blatantly manipulated democracy and our permanently hobbled government." The article, "Why The Tea Party Isn´t Going Anywhere," was

Video: Mike Ditka Falls Asleep During
ESPN’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 4:42:18 PM     Post Reply
In Mike Ditka’s defense, acting as a spokesman for hundreds of products both locally and nationally has to be taxing. As such, good ole Ditka appeared to fall asleep on the set of ESPN’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ this morning. After a report from ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the network cut back to the Bristol set where Keyshawn Johnson had to wake a sleeping Ditka. Check out the video here.

House Intel Chairman on NYT´s
Benghazi Report: ´That Story Is
Just Not Accurate´
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2013 4:31:10 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times on Sunday published a highly controversial report claiming the September 2012 attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, did not involve al Qaeda, and was as the Administration originally stated a spontaneous demonstration in response to an American-made anti-Islamic video. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) completely refuted the article saying, "[T]hat story is just not accurate" (video follows with transcript and commentary): CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: Before we get to the NSA, "The New York Times" has an extensive investigation this morning into the Benghazi attack on its front page. It

The New York Times´ Revisionist
Account of Benghazi
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/29/2013 4:22:09 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times is out with a revisionist account of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. The Times says that in months of investigating, it “turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault.” The Times also claims that the attack “was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.” I suspect that the Times story tells us more about Hillary Clinton’s assessment of the threat Benghazi poses to her likely 2016 run for president than it does about what happened

  



Shopping for Spy Gear:
Catalog Advertises NSA Toolbox
Der Spiegel [Germany], by Jacob Appelbaum*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/29/2013 4:19:48 PM     Post Reply
When it comes to modern firewalls for corporate computer networks, the world´s second largest network equipment manufacturer doesn´t skimp on praising its own work. According to Juniper Networks´ online PR copy, the company´s products are "ideal" for protecting large companies and computing centers from unwanted access from outside. They claim the performance of the company´s special computers is "unmatched" and their firewalls are the "best-in-class." Despite these assurances, though, there is one attacker none of these products can fend off -- the United States´ National Security Agency. Specialists at the intelligence organization succeeded years ago in penetrating the company´s digital firewalls.

A GOP “dam ready to
break” in West Virginia
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/29/2013 4:16:17 PM     Post Reply
Democrats in West Virginia have pretty much taken their two Senate seats for granted for a long time now. (And with good reason, since the last time the GOP held those spots, Ike was still president.) They’ve also had a fair bit of success in hanging on to at least some of their three congressional seats in the modern era. This stands in contrast to a seemingly constant ideological shift to the right among voters, demonstrated by the fact that no Democrat presidential candidate has carried the state since Bill Clinton. This shift may be setting the stage for some

Justice Sotomayor to drop ball, not gavel,
on 2014 Times Square countdown
Reuters, by Elizabeth Dilts    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 4:11:57 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor will take center stage among about 1 million revelers in New York´s Times Square to usher in 2014 by pressing the button to lower the iconic countdown ball, organizers said on Sunday. New York native Sotomayor will join pop star Lady Gaga, boxing great Muhammad Ali as well as Bill and Hillary Clinton among those who have had the honor of starting the ball drop, which organizers said will be watched by an estimated 1 billion people around the world. Sotomayor was chosen for her achievements and rise from humble beginnings in the Bronx to

Global Warming Expedition to Prove Antarctic
Ice is Melting Trapped by Ice
Frontpage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 3:49:31 PM     Post Reply
And it’s an ice so thick that icebreakers have been forced to turn back. Here is how Chris Tuney,a self-proclaimed, “Scientist, explorer and Writer” and a Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor of Climate Change at the University of University of New South Wales, described the “Australasian Antarctic Expedition”. The Australasian sector is dominated by the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, the largest of three ice sheets that contains enough freshwater to raise the world’s sea level by some 52 metres. Until recently it was thought this ice sheet was stable, sitting on the continental crust above today’s sea level. However there

Cruz in legal process to renounce
Canadian citizenship
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2013 3:42:22 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz has hired lawyers to help him get rid of his Canadian citizenship, the Republican from Texas told the Dallas Morning News in an interview published online Saturday night. "I have retained counsel that is preparing the paperwork to renounce the citizenship," he said, adding he expects the process to be completed in 2014. His office also confirmed the decision to CNN. Cruz has said in the past he planned to renounce his citizenship, but his latest remarks represent concrete steps he´s taking to actively do so. The first-term senator has said before that he wasn´t aware he was still legally tied

A&E to LGBT Group: ´Duck Dynasty´ Family
´Open´ to Dialogue with Gays, Blacks
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: athina- 12/29/2013 3:31:20 PM     Post Reply
After A&E reinstated Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on Friday, the Human Rights Campaign, which promotes gay rights, said the network gave them assurances that the Robertson family would be open to having a dialogue with blacks and the LGBT community. The group revealed they asked A&E for such meetings after it suspended Robertson for making what were deemed to be anti-gay comments in a GQ magazine interview. Fred Sainz, a Human Rights Campaign representative, told CNN that the group wanted to "thank A&E for their attentiveness and collaboration over the course of the last few weeks"

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