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Lift the U.S. ban on oil exports
Chicago Tribune, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 4:48:07 AM     Post Reply
Uncle Sam has a chance to make one of the good-news stories of 2013 even better next year. Thanks to the extraction technique known as fracking, the U.S. is producing much more oil than was expected just a few years ago. Modern industrial economies run on oil, so a boost in domestic supply helps business to grow, and lessens the nation´s dependence on the volatile Middle East. Trouble is, America´s oil policies haven´t kept up. Some key laws date to the oil embargo of 1973, when Middle East suppliers abruptly cut off America and Europe. Prices soared, and long lines formed

Russia Bombings Spark Olympic Concerns
Associated Press, by Eddie Pells    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 4:44:35 AM     Post Reply
The suicide bombings in Russia serve as a chilling reminder of what the Winter Olympics represent to terrorists: A high-profile target with more than 2,500 athletes, some of them world-famous, waving the flags of nearly 90 nations. So, while many Olympic leaders offered reassurance on the day after two bombings 400 miles from Sochi killed at least 31 people, some of those getting ready to compete in the Games spoke of a different reality. They know their security is never a sure thing. "I am concerned," said U.S. speedskater Jilleanne Rookard. "I´m scared their security may be involved. I don´t know if

Vegas´ New Year´s Eve About
Big Names, Big Bashes
Associated Press, by Hannah Drier    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/31/2013 4:41:24 AM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS -- Sin City is set to ring in 2014 with big-name concerts, celebrity-hosted parties and an eight-minute rooftop fireworks display billed as the nation´s largest. John Legend is performing at Haze nightclub at Aria, Ne-Yo is welcoming the new year at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace and Maroon 5 is playing at Mandalay Bay. Pop star Bruno Mars is christening the Cosmopolitan´s new Chelsea Ballroom. The show will be broadcast live on the casino´s 65-foot marquee to ice skaters at a rooftop rink and partyers on the Strip below. Other casinos are touting pricey nightclub bashes with $3,000 bottle service



Why some Catholics think Obama is
master of deception
CNN, by Ashley McGuire    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/31/2013 3:31:52 AM     Post Reply
It was the 2013 Politifact "Lie of the Year," our president´s now infamous line: "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." Now all Americans are realizing what Catholics have known from the beginning: President Barack Obama is a master of deception. Lest people forget, passage of the Affordable Care Act happened in part because Obama struck a deal with a single Catholic holdout: Bart Stupak, D-Michigan. Stupak agreed to vote for the bill in exchange for an executive order protecting conscience rights and preserving the Hyde Amendment´s ban on the use of federal funds for abortion.

Walgreen offers month of
prescriptions to backlogged
Obamacare enrollees
Reuters, by Ernest Scheyder    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/31/2013 12:03:46 AM     Post Reply
Walgreen Co said on Monday it will provide a month´s supply of certain prescriptions at no upfront cost to U.S. participants who have not yet received a plan identification number under President Barack Obama´s signature healthcare law. The offering comes as U.S. government officials struggle to roll out the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Myriad enrollment problems have dogged the site´s website, HealthCare.gov, since its October launch and many insurance companies have said they are not getting accurate enrollee information to be able to process required forms. Walgreen, the largest drug store chain in the United States, said

Obama Administration in
Pre-Edited Talking Points:
Al Qaeda Behind Benghazi Attack
Breitbart Big Peace, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 11:33:03 PM     Post Reply
The recent New York Times article attempting to downplay terrorist involvement in the Benghazi attack that claimed the lives of four Americans on Sept. 11, 2012, directly contradicts evidence in the now infamous pre-edited talking points of then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice. “Months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context, turned up no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault,” David D. Kirkpatrick wrote in the Times. “The attack was led, instead, by

TSA agent confiscates sock
monkey’s toy pistol
Human Events, by Susan Wyatt    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 10:54:16 PM     Post Reply
“Rooster Monkburn” the cowboy sock monkey is without his pistol, thanks to a diligent TSA agent in St. Louis. Phyllis May of Redmond, Wash., said she is “appalled and shocked and embarrassed all at the same time” about the incident that happened on Wednesday. May has a small business selling unique sock monkey dolls. She says she and her husband were on their way from St. Louis to Sea-Tac and she had a couple of monkeys and sewing supplies with her in a carry-on bag. “His pistol was in there,” she says of the sock monkey “Rooster Monkburn,” a take-off on



On the Moon Landing, Nixon
Was Prepared For A Worst-Case Scenario
PowerLine, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 10:37:24 PM     Post Reply
From the Daily Mail, a fascinating historical document that I had never seen before: in July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon for the first time. In those days, America’s space program took real risks–remember Apollo 13–and it was by no means certain that Armstrong and Aldrin, having landed on the moon, would be able to return. So William Safire, one of Richard Nixon’s speechwriters, prepared a statement that Nixon would have delivered if something had gone awry. It is, I think, an extraordinary document: (Photo of document) “These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin,

Defense Expert Concludes the NY Times’
Benghazi Report ‘Backfired’ on the Paper
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 10:28:44 PM     Post Reply
Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn joined WSJ Live host Mary Kissel on Monday to discuss an investigative report on the September 11, 2012, attack on an American consulate in Benghazi by New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick. Both Kissel and Joscelyn agreed that, while Kirkpatrick’s reporting was extensive, the conclusions he reached were erroneous. Furthermore, if there was a political objective that the Times sought to achieve with this report, the effort has thoroughly “backfired.” Kirkpatrick’s central conclusion, after speaking with a number of sources in Libya suspected of participating in that deadly attack in 2012, was

Krauthammer: NY Times Benghazi Report
Undeniably About Protecting Dems, Hillary
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 10:23:47 PM     Post Reply
The New York Times is defending its Benghazi report from critics who said it was politically motivated, but Charles Krauthammer isn’t buying it and said there is no question it was a “political move” by the Times to help Democrats. Krauthammer said the sheer defensiveness the Times is taking in denying political bias in the report just proves that politics was a primary motivator. “The reason that the Times invested all the effort and time in this and put it on the front page is precisely a way to protect the Democrats, to deflect the issue, to protect Hillary, who was exposed

FAA says New York, five other
states chosen to host drone test sites
New York Daily News, by Joseph Straw    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/30/2013 10:23:27 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — New York was among six states selected Monday to develop sites to test drones, a decision that likely will bring the unmanned aircraft to New York’s skies and badly needed jobs to upstate. The New York site will be at Griffiss International Airport, a former Air Force base in Rome. Aerospace firms and universities in New York and Massachusetts will be involved in the research. (Map) The Federal Aviation Administration’s selection of the test sites represents a big step toward the commercial use of drones by businesses, farmers and researchers. Congress members lobbied to bring the work to



NBC Top Doc Snyderman A Single-
Payer Fan, Made Kids Sign Up For
Obamacare As ´Patriotic Duty´
NewsBusters, by Mark Finkelstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 10:18:25 PM     Post Reply
Let no one say that NBC/MSNBC are reluctant to criticize ObamaCare. A leading NBC light boldly did so today . . . from the left, of course. Appearing on Morning Joe, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC´s chief medical editor, declared that there should be "a single-payer system" of health care. That is the left´s preferred solution, but brings with it a host of problems, as the Heritage Foundation has detailed. For good measure, Snyderman said that she "made" her young-adult children sign up for Obamacare as their "patriotic duty." View the video after the jump. Consider the implications of NBC/MSNBC choosing someone

FAA names 6 sites
for testing drones
USA Today, by Bart Jansen    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 10:10:17 PM     Post Reply
The Federal Aviation Administration named six teams across the nation that will host the development and testing of drones to fly safely in the same skies as commercial airliners. The announcement represents a major milestone toward the goal of sharing the skies by the end of 2015, in what is projected to become an industry worth billions of dollars. But technical hurdles and privacy concerns remain in a regulatory program that´s already a year behind schedule. "The test-site news is a glimmer of hope, but there is still much standing in the way of catching up to other countries that

´Happy Birthday, Chairman Mao´ —
From CNBC and the New York Times
NewsBusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 10:01:35 PM     Post Reply
The fascination with and excuse-making for long-gone communist dictators responsible for the murders of millions during their reigns is a long-standing phenomenon. Both CNBC and the New York Times continued that hoary tradition last week. Each headlined reports on the 120th anniversary of the birth of Mao Zedong (whose name was written as Mao Tse-Tung until about two decades ago) with "Happy Birthday, Chairman Mao!" headlines. CNBC´s appears after the jump (HT Twitchy; bolds are mine throughout this post): The transcript of the NBC Beijing correspondent´s report and her joyous tone while reciting it are equally nauseous (bolds are mine):

Betrayal that whitewash won’t cover
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 9:52:27 PM     Post Reply
Transparency, the current vogue word for truth-telling, is usually a good thing, unless you’re trying to fool all the people some of the time, like spending 7,000 words to resurrect a fairy tale in Benghazi, all to give a helping hand to a lady in distress. The New York Times understands that Hillary Clinton is likely to be the only credible hope the Democrats have for 2016 and that she already needs lots of remedial help. The Times huffed and puffed to deliver an excuse for betrayal in Benghazi, meant to second Mrs. Clinton’s famous alibi for her tortured misfeasance



After Attacks, Administration
Offers to Help Russia Counter
‘Folks Who Want to Cause Mischief’
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 9:44:26 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration offered to work on Sochi Olympics security issues with Russia after a pair of bombings in Volgograd killed at least 31 people. President Vladimir Putin gave instructions to the National Anti-Terrorism Committee “to step up security measures across all of Russia and specifically in Volgograd region,” the Kremlin said Monday. “The president will receive daily reports from the NAC on the measures being taken along with regular situation reports.” Putin had not emerged to make a personal statement on the bombings, which occurred at a train station and on a bus. The train station bomber was reportedly Pavel Pechyonkin, a

Hagel Deployed to Press
Egypt on Being ‘Inclusive’
Toward Muslim Brotherhood
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 9:39:48 PM     Post Reply
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called his Egyptian counterpart, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on Sunday to again tsk-tsk the interim government for not being “inclusive.” It was the first such call in a month and comes after Egypt branded the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. That came in the wake of a bombing at the security directorate headquarters in Mansoura that killed 16, but Egyptians made clear that the designation was warranted by a long history of incitement and violence by the MB. “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Egyptian Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi today to discuss recent events in Egypt,” Pentagon

With sagging polls, Obama follows
Bush down path to unpopularity
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/30/2013 9:35:11 PM     Post Reply
President Obama came into office promising to be the opposite of George W. Bush, but he is imitating his predecessor in one regard — his second-term slide in popularity is almost a mirror image of the Republican’s declining fortunes in 2005. Mr. Obama’s job-approval ratings in most polls this month were 40 percent or lower, down from 54 percent at the start of the year and the lowest of his presidency. Mr. Bush’s popularity in December 2005 stood at 43 percent, down from a high of 57 percent near the beginning of his second term and less than half the

White House promotes Michelle
Obama´s ´selfie´ with dog Bo
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 9:32:59 PM     Post Reply
Maybe this is where President Obama got the idea to take a controversial “selfie” at Nelson Mandela´s funeral. It turns out that the first lady, Michelle Obama, was months ahead of him in the art of taking self-portraits. According to a digital year in review for the first lady just sent out by the White House, her selfie with first dog Bo taken five months ago on the South Lawn ranks as the sixth-favorite of 17 offered “6.) Taking a selfie with Bo (for a good cause),” said the review that included the words tweeted with the photo at the time, “Join

Guess Who´s Funding the
Republican Civil War
National Journal, by Scott Bland    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/30/2013 9:29:01 PM     Post Reply
The Republican Main Street Partnership has emerged as an outspoken, deep-pocketed player in pro-business GOP plans to beat back tea-party challengers next year. But the group´s new super PAC has an unexpected source for its seed money: labor unions. The super PAC, called Defending Main Street, has not yet submitted a major donor disclosure to the Federal Election Commission. But documents filed by other groups show that two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers´ International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group in September and October. Main Street says it has raised


The Republican message on how
to fix Obamacare remains muddled
Washington Examiner, by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 9:24:49 PM     Post Reply
Public disapproval of the troubled health care law is on the rise, and people are suddenly paying attention to long-ignored Republican health care proposals that could replace Obamacare. But the GOP isn´t ready for the spotlight. The party´s health insurance reform proposals are numerous and varied, but lawmakers have yet to coalesce around a specific idea or plan. Republicans have introduced hundreds of bills that address specific aspects of health care reform, including limits on medical malpractice claims, tax incentives for people who buy insurance and high-risk pools for the sick and hard to insure. A few Republicans in both

Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres Support
Robin Roberts´ Same-Sex Admission
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 9:13:08 PM     Post Reply
LOS ANGELES Michelle Obama is leading an outpouring of support for Robin Roberts after the "Good Morning America" news anchor´s first public acknowledgement of her 10-year, same-sex relationship with massage therapist Amber Laign. The first lady wrote Monday on Twitter: "I am so happy for you and Amber! You continue to make us all proud." In a Facebook post Sunday, Roberts thanked her "longtime girlfriend" for providing encouragement during Roberts´ battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood and bone marrow disease. Many celebs also took to Twitter to send Roberts messages, including Ellen DeGeneres, who tweeted, "Good morning, America! Congratulations." Comedian Wanda Sykes wrote, "Go

But, We Didn´t Get to Keep
Our Light Bulbs, Either...
Cybercast News Service, by Jen Kuznicki    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/30/2013 9:01:31 PM     Post Reply
In 2007, George W. Bush signed into law the "Energy Independence Security Act of 2007," and now, six years later, American manufacturers and retailers are prohibited from, or forced by law to, comply with ridiculous and contradictory standards. The purpose of the law was, "To move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, building, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government, and for other purposes." Part

Schweizer: Conservatives Should Adopt
Reagan´s ´No Compromise´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: mikkins2- 12/30/2013 8:55:50 PM     Post Reply
Looking ahead to 2014, Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large and Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President Peter Schweizer said that the best way for conservatives to defeat the permanent political class and the Republican establishment is to not compromise with or be co-opted by them. On Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and host Stephen K. Bannon, Schweizer, regarded as the top expert on crony capitalism in the nation, said Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C. are like "two vultures fighting over a carcass." He said both parties are fighting over "who´s going to pick

The Year Washington Fled Reality
Wall Street Journal, by Tom Coburn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/30/2013 8:49:51 PM     Post Reply
The past year may go down not only as the least productive ever in Washington but as one of the worst for the republic. In both the executive branch and Congress, Americans witnessed an unwinding of the country´s founding principles and of their government´s most basic responsibilities. The rule of law gave way to the rule of rulers. And the rule of reality—in which politicians are entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts, as Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan liked to say—gave way to some politicians´ belief that they were entitled to both their own opinions and their own

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