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GOP Crafts New Rules To
Shorten 2016 Primary Season
National Public Radio, by S.V. Date    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/30/2013 1:43:29 PM     Post Reply
A year after losing the popular vote for the fifth time in the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has crafted a series of rules tweaks designed to regain control of — and dramatically shorten — its presidential nominating process. The subcommittee charged with looking for fixes has approved five proposed changes for review by the Republican National Committee´s rules committee at its January meeting. The full RNC would then need to pass the changes by a three-quarters supermajority. "I think this strikes a good balance," said John Ryder, the RNC´s general counsel. February 2016 would be set aside for the traditional

Dem. Rep.: Obamacare enrollment low
Because People Think Law is Repealed
National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/30/2013 1:35:56 PM     Post Reply
The lower-than-hoped-for enrollment numbers on the federal exchanges are due to Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D., D.C.) argued on Monday. Norton blamed a “negative propaganda campaign” by Republicans that confused Americans into thinking that the law was no longer in effect. “There are millions of people out there who think it was repealed, so there was no way to break through that very easily,” she told MSNBC. Norton also pointed out that the “debacle of a website” made matters worse because it “seemed to confirm that [the law] must have been repealed, or should have been

McCain: Don´t count Obama out
The Hill (Washington, D. C.), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/30/2013 1:29:33 PM     Post Reply
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says people shouldn´t underestimate President Obama as he heads into his sixth year in the White House. He discounted Obama´s low approval ratings and said a sitting president always has influence. "We all wear thin with the American people after a while," McCain told the Associated Press. "To count a man of that talent out at this point in time in his administration would be a huge mistake," he added. McCain has had his up-and-downs in his relationship with Obama, his foe during the 2008 presidential campaign. He met with Obama this year to discuss immigration reform, but was a vocal

  


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Obama’s DOJ civil rights nominee
represented cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal
Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/30/2013 1:22:17 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 statutes. 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

The Most Underreported
Domestic News Stories of 2013
PJ Media, by Editors    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/30/2013 12:25:25 PM     Post Reply
ROGER L. SIMON As in the title of Bernie Slade’s 1978 Broadway hit Same Time, Next Year, the great underreported, or really unreported, story from 2013 is the same one it was in 2012 and for three years or more before that. But unlike in Slade’s sexy comedy, nobody’s having any fun, at least not now. And we all know what that story is if we think about it for ten seconds. To put it bluntly: nobody knows nothin’ about the president of the United States, aka the leader of the free world. And what little we do know is highly uninformative

A Left-Wing America Stands Alone
Canada Free Press, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 12/30/2013 12:25:00 PM     Post Reply
American progressives like to think of their country as backward and reactionary compared to Europe. And they have never been more right than now when Europe and the rest of the First World have gone right while America under Obama has been left back. In America Alone, Mark Steyn envisioned the United States as a beleaguered hope in a dying West. Seven years later, American politics are much less healthier than those of the rest of the free world. America does stand alone. It stands alone in embracing the rule of the left. Recently Australia, Japan and Norway welcomed in conservative governments. Tony

Incoming Boston mayor, police
clash over AR-15 proposal
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 11:57:33 AM     Post Reply
Boston police are clashing with the city´s incoming mayor over a proposal to arm some officers with AR-15 rifles. Mayor-elect Martin Walsh reportedly came out against the plan over the weekend. The Boston Police Department had been pushing for a limited number of officers to carry the high-powered rifles, in light of recent mass shootings as well as the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this year. But after the incoming mayor initially stayed mum on the idea, a spokeswoman for Walsh told the Boston Herald he´s not on board -- not yet, anyway. "Mayor-elect Walsh is opposed to the AR-15 rifles,"

  


  

Bamboozled: Despite MVC improvements,
some drivers still can´t get
real names on licenses
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Karin Price Mueller    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/30/2013 11:55:02 AM     Post Reply
At most Motor Vehicle Commission agencies, wait times are down significantly and customer service is better. That’s all good. But there’s one issue — highlighted by Bamboozled in one of its very first columns nearly five years ago — that MVC hasn’t yet improved. Or fixed. Or changed. (Snip) MVC computers can’t handle certain names on driver’s licenses. That means New Jerseyans with two-word first names (Mary Ann) or last names (Price Mueller), or those who use an apostrophe (D’Egidio) or a hyphen (Smith-Jones), can’t have driver’s licenses that match their other legal documentation, such as passports and birth certificates.

After Passing Background Checks
in 1993, Dems Got Romped in 1994
Breitbart Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 11:52:53 AM     Post Reply
In 1993, Democrats passed background checks for firearms purchasers, and in 1994, they were romped in the congressional elections. Then, as now, we had a Democrat president--Bill Clinton--and a Democrat-controlled Senate, under Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Maine). The difference between then and now is that the House of Representatives was also controlled by Democrats, so they were able, legislatively, to do whatever they wanted to do, whenever they wanted to do it. And they wanted background checks; therefore, they passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in 1993. (Snip) Clinton signed the measure into law on November 30, 1993,

Congress Turns Its Back on
the Military Again
Roll Call, by Ted Daywalt and Bill Manofsky    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/30/2013 11:49:33 AM     Post Reply
In late December, a two-year budget deal passed the Senate by a bipartisan 64-36 vote. It includes a provision that cuts a full 1 percent from future annual cost-of-living-adjustments to the retirement packages of all veterans under the age of 62.{SNIP}One would not mind taking a financial hit as long as it is evenly applied to all in the interests of deficit reduction. However, to be a part of a group specifically singled out by Congress while other entitlements are untouched smacks of grave injustice. The all-voluntary military now only represents roughly 1 percent of the nation and thus is

Thousands Scramble to Get
Medical Procedures Before
Obamacare Begins
Breitbart Big Government, by Frances Martel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 11:49:27 AM     Post Reply
With Obamacare coverage beginning in earnest on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reports that thousands of people for which Obamacare plans will block some health care access are rushing to get medical tests and procedures done before their pre-ACA coverage is eliminated. Those who were receiving medical care before being forced to sign up to a new plan on HealthCare.gov will, in many cases, be locked out of hospitals and prevented from seeing doctors who they had typically used. The WSJ contends that about 70% of new plans are more restrictive in the range of doctors and hospitals available to

  


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After ObamaCare, NSA, Benghazi
scandals could 2014 bring course correction
for Team Obama? Don´t bet on it
Fox News, by K.T. McFarland    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/30/2013 11:35:15 AM     Post Reply
2013 has turned out to be an "annus horribilis" (Latin for horrible year) for President Obama. 2014 will probably be even worse because of the mounting number of self-inflicted wounds caused by administrative failures on everything from ObamaCare to the NSA to Benghazi. There is a growing sense among Americans outside the Beltway that while President Obama may be a good talker, he is a lousy manager. It didn’t used to be this way. In their first few years in office, the president and his team looked and sounded great. Their resumes were littered with Ivy League degrees. They gave terrific speeches,

A Large New Tax on Small Business
Wall Street Journal, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/30/2013 11:33:22 AM     Post Reply
ObamaCare includes so many taxes that it´s hard to keep track, but one of the worst takes effect on Jan. 1. This beaut is a levy on health insurance premiums that targets the small business and individual markets. At $8 billion in 2014 and $101 billion over the next decade, the insurance tax is larger than ObamaCare´s taxes on medical devices and prescription drugs combined. The Internal Revenue Service classifies the tax as a "fee" but it functions like an excise tax on premiums. The IRS collects an annual flat amount specified by the Affordable Care Act to be allocated among

Late surge in ObamaCare sign-ups
not enough to quiet critics now
concerned about costs, coverage
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/30/2013 11:29:14 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration said Sunday a late surge in sign-ups resulted in 1.1 million Americans enrolling in ObamaCare before last week’s deadline to get insurance coverage starting Jan. 1. -- a sign the federal website is getting fixed but not enough good news to sway critics of the health care law. “A million Americans?” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said to Fox News. “I don’t think that’s anything to celebrate. It was a failed [website] launch, a flawed law and it needs real change.” Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, acknowledged problems but supported the legislation and argued every big law has needed early changes. “It

US announces six drone test sites
BBC News [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/30/2013 11:28:45 AM     Post Reply
The US aviation regulator has announced the six states that will host sites for testing commercial use of drones. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has picked Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia. The sites are part of a programme to develop safety and operational rules for drones by the end of 2015. Hitherto mainly used by the military, the potential of drones is now being explored by everyone from real estate agents to farmers or web retailers. The head of the FAA, Michael Huerta, said safety would be the priority as it considers approval for unleashing the unmanned aircraft into US

  


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China Orders Officials to Stop
Smoking in Public
New York Times, by Mia Li    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/30/2013 10:25:11 AM     Post Reply
China is stepping up efforts to ban smoking in public places by ordering Communist Party officials to “lead by example” and refrain from smoking in government offices, schools, hospitals, sports and cultural venues and on public transport. Party officials have also been ordered to ask others not to smoke in public. The new directive forbids government offices from spending public funds on tobacco and bars tobacco companies from sponsoring government or Communist Party events. “In recent years, thanks to joint efforts, the ban on smoking in public venues has made progress. However, we see that smoking in public is still common,” read

Lawmaker issues apology
about driving over ducks
Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: nhchemist- 12/30/2013 10:21:10 AM     Post Reply
NASHUA ­— Police are investigating the death of a number of ducks allegedly hit by a vehicle operated by one of the city´s state representatives. State Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, reportedly ran over the ducks at a speed of about 15 mph in the driveway of the Crowne Royal Hotel in Nashua. (snip) The man also claimed that Campbell suggested to him the ducks should have gotten out of the way. The duck incident was reported to police; Campbell later answered police questions.

Metal memory from
Battle of the Bulge
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Daniel Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 12/30/2013 10:14:41 AM     Post Reply
The box arrived at Ted Nobles´ house in Middletown, Del., two days before Christmas, and, for the longest time, he let it sit there, unopened. "I was overwhelmed," he says. The sender was an older man in Fresno, Calif., a vet who had served in the same part of Europe during World War II as Nobles´ great-uncle Wally. For more than a decade, Nobles had been researching the history of his family, including his maternal grandmother´s only sibling, Lt. Wallace Lippincott Jr. - a Chester-born Quaker from Swarthmore who after graduating from the University of Delaware went off to war,

Bullhead City former mayor,
husband attacked by dogs
The Republic [Arizona], by Jackee Coe    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/30/2013 10:10:24 AM     Post Reply
A former mayor of Bullhead City was hospitalized and her husband died after they were attacked by their pet dogs, according to the current mayor. Former Mayor Diane Vick and her husband, Tom, tried to intervene after one of their pit bulls attacked one of their smaller dogs, but the dogs attacked them, Mayor Jack Hakim said. They were flown to a hospital in Las Vegas. Tom Vick, who taught social studies at Mohave High School, died of his injuries on Sunday morning, Hakim said. Diane Vick “was pretty well beat up,” but Hakim didn’t think her injuries were critical.

Obama parties hearty in Hawaii
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/30/2013 9:49:35 AM     Post Reply
Saturday was a financial ordeal for Skydive Hawaii owner Frank Hinshaw. President Obama and his family attended a barbecue at the oceanfront house of his Punahou School pal Bobby Titcomb on the North Shore of Oahu. That meant that Skydive Hawaii, based at Dillingham Airfield just across Farrington Highway from the shoreline villa, had to close down for the entire day. (snip) Hinshaw estimates he lost $20,000 to $25,000 while his business was grounded. Still, he said he´s fortunate because Obama stays in Kailua, on the other side of the island, and comes to Mokuleia for just one day. This puts

  



Obamacare and GOP Complacence
American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 12/30/2013 9:43:21 AM     Post Reply
The breathtaking ineptitude with which the Obama administration has implemented the Affordable Care Act provides the Republican Party a very real opportunity to make major gains in the upcoming midterm elections. [snip] According to a CNN/ORC survey released last week, the GOP has improved its standing among registered voters by 13 points. [snip] This is good news indeed, but some of the commentary offered by pundits and conservative activists concerning this trend threaten to infect Republican politicians and donors with a deadly strain of overconfidence.

The Solar Swindle
American Thinker, by Norman Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/30/2013 9:40:52 AM     Post Reply
Solar electricity is growing, promoted, and most importantly, heavily subsidized. The promoters of solar electricity claim that it is close to being competitive with conventional sources of electricity. That is a fantasy. Solar electricity is expensive and impractical. If it weren´t for government subsidies, some explicit and some disguised, the solar industry would collapse. The many claims of competitiveness are always based on ignoring subsidies provided to politically correct renewable power, ignoring the costs associated with unreliability, and ignoring the cost of backup fossil fuel plants. An example of a hidden subsidy is the California Renewable Portfolio Standard that mandates utilities to

Obama’s Failed Islamist Outreach
Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/30/2013 9:35:38 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration’s outreach to the Islamic Front in Syria earlier this month failed due to a flawed plan and unrealistic goals, insiders say—and now American influence on the ground with the armed Syrian opposition is at a new low. In a Principals Committee-level meeting at the White House in early December, top officials from several national security agencies convened to decide on the next steps in the Obama administration’s Syria policy. The leadership of the Free Syrian Army, the moderate Western-backed rebels, had been chased from their headquarters in Northern Syria, leaving U.S. non-lethal aid in the hands of the

Vito Rizzuto, Reputed Mafia
Boss of Canada, Dies at 67
New York Times, by Daniel E. Slotnik    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/30/2013 9:27:46 AM     Post Reply
Vito Rizzuto, the reputed Mafia boss of Canada, whose dapper outfits and ability to avoid prison led the authorities to call him the John Gotti of Montreal, died on Dec. 23 in Montreal. He was 67. Mr. Rizzuto died of natural causes, Maude Hébert-Chaput, a spokeswoman for Sacré-Coeur Hospital, told The Associated Press. There were widespread reports that he had been receiving treatment for lung cancer. Working with the Bonanno crime family in New York, Mr. Rizzuto ran an international drug smuggling operation that imported heroin and cocaine and distributed it in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, the

More students qualifying for
free or reduced lunches
Keene Sentinel [NH], by Kaitlin Mulhere    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 9:26:33 AM     Post Reply
The rates of children who qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches has ballooned over a decade. Yet area school officials say there are more eligible families who don´t apply for the program, which not only provides access to meals but also qualifies schools for federal grants and additional state money. The percentage of students in New Hampshire who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches grew by 66 percent over 10 years. As of October 2012, 46,659, or 27.3 percent, of New Hampshire public school students in grades 1 through 12 qualified for the program, up from 16.4 percent

Lindsey Graham:
Newsmaker divides own party
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/30/2013 8:58:42 AM     Post Reply
From Benghazi toObamacare, to the government shutdown and his pending 2014 GOP primary fight, South Carolina´s Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has been in the middle of some of the year´s biggest state and national news stories. While it is common for political challengers to rise every few years, as Election Day nears seldom has the noise been so loud against him. Four tea party-aligned hopefuls have set out to unseat the state´s senior senator in the June Republican primary. To help set the stage for 2014, The Post and Courier asked those on both sides of Graham´s conservative base to

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